Youth Development Workers have been focusing a lot of their time working with a group of young people in Cambridge, gaining their trust to confront ongoing issues like drug use, knife crime, anti-social behaviour and not being in employment, education or training (NEET) As well as a regular youth club and one-to-one support, a 5-a-side football team (competing in a weekly men’s league) was established as well as weekly sessions in a music studio. This has enabled the young people to grow in character, self-belief and team work. Their confidence in themselves has grown and their aspirations have been raised.
Whilst this work brings challenges, working with these lads has been really rewarding for the Youth Development Workers, who believe they can achieve much in their life and can bring positive change in their communities.
One group member says “I’d say that the youth workers in Romsey Mill, the majority of them think it through, after they have finished their shift, they’d go home and they’d still think about it, it’ll still be playing on their minds. [Romsey Mill Youth Workers] are like a friend for life basically… you lot care…you guys actually give a sh*t.”
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