The Senior Youth Project (SOP) will deliver a range of activities for young people aged 14 – 19 but having a specific focus on the 16 – 19 year olds. The project will seek to develop and challenge the young person’s lifestyle through empowering the individuals (and groups) to take ownership and responsibility for the decisions they make and to promote community and citizenship. This will be conducted through centre based, off site and residential programmes.
The SOP is coordinated by Rob English who is the Senior Outreach Project Worker and who also co delivers the RIO project.
The delivery plan for the SOP (at present) is as follows:
Initiate and develop relationships with young people aged 14 – 19 but with a specific focus on the 16 – 19 age range. Whilst the project would not be targeting young men, we would be seeking to encourage young men to engage and participate, as this is a specific priority in the Joint Commissioning Strategy for Youth.
Provide opportunities for the young people to access a range of activities which will develop self esteem, promote independence, decision making skills, community unity and prevention and diversionary activities. These activities will include music and DJing, sport and fitness, one to one support and guidance, small group sessions, offsite activities, residentials. Due to the nature of the project the SOP Worker will conduct 50% of their time (depending on need and weather) engaging with young people who do not attend the Centre.
The SOP will also seek to engage young people who live in different parts of the borough and on different estates.
The SOP Worker will actively seek to develop partnerships with external partners and to engage in multi agency working to deliver a holistic provision.
The SOP will also provide support, guidance and advice for young people on a regular who are not in education, employment and training with a view to reengage such young people.
The SOP Worker will support and deliver activities with the Seniors and Workshop Nite programmes which run 46 weeks of the year. These two nights target and seek to engage young people in school years 10 and over.The SOP Worker will work very closely with the Young Women’s Development Worker and Senior Youth Worker to maximise the level of young people engaging with their respective services and to highlight any individuals/groups who are not accessing the service.
The SOP is funded by the London borough of Lambeth Children's and Young People's Service.