We deliver weekly outreach sessions in identified communities throughout Winchester, and we run a weekly youth club in Micheldever village to the north of Winchester, supporting young people living in this rural location. We build on this ‘core work’ by offering a range of drop-in projects and trips through the year, providing opportunities and activities that engage, inform and challenge young people.
Our principal activity is to offer targeted support to young people in the Winchester area through detached youth work.
We engage with young people in need through weekly ‘detached’ outreach sessions. Our teams of youth workers visit each of our target communities, getting to know the young people that we encounter, and offering information and support. We work in the areas of highest deprivation and in areas where there are limited services available to young people. Currently we target the communities of Weeke, Harestock, Winnall and Stanmore. We work directly with young people encountered on the streets; this could be in shop fronts, local parks or simply on the street corner.
The detached approach helps us to identify and support young people that experience disadvantage, and who may be vulnerable. We work with young people that may not be engaging with any other services and though our work we help to build their wider support network, including referring to specialist agencies to help address unmet needs. We support young people in a variety of areas including around keeping safe, healthy relationships, drug and alcohol education, sexual health, emotional health, employment, and community relations.
We operate for 50 weeks of the year, in all weathers and during school and college holidays, which are critical times for many vulnerable young people.
We operate drop-in ‘surgeries’ in each of our target areas at a set time and location every week, so that young people always know where they can find us.
Street Reach are fully committed to the areas we serve. We are a visible, established presence in the community.
We run a weekly youth club in Micheldever village to the north of Winchester, supporting young people living in this rural location.
Street Reach deliver a centre-based youth club on Monday evenings in Micheldever, for young people from the village and surrounding area. The club is a much-needed facility for young people, offering a wide range of activities, as well as providing targeted support to young people in need and to those experiencing disadvantage. The facility helps to alleviate issues around rural isolation that young people from the area may be experiencing.
We are able to offer a youth club space, with a lounge area and games table in addition to a games hall, a kitchen space for related activities, and an upstairs pool table area. In the warmer months, we make use of the park on Duke Street for outdoor activities, including exploring the local nature trail. We are committed to offering an offsite evening trip every 8 weeks, from bowling to bushcraft, and these are planned together with the young people attending the club.
I love Street Reach because they involve me and let me know of activities they do for teens such as myself
In March 2016 we worked in partnership with students from the University of Winchester, who observed a number of our projects and produced a video to help us promote our work.