Our champions of youth work
This year, for national Youth Work Week the theme is ‘champions of youth work’ as such, we wanted to highlight just a few areas we have seen youth work championed across YMCA St Paul’s Group this year. So here are our big three areas we wanted to celebrate this Youth Work Week:
1. Our youth workers
We have an incredible youth work team who deliver free activities and support to over 350 young people every week across YMCA St Paul’s Group. This summer we have welcomed two incredible KickStarters to our youth work team in Hayes. Ryan and Kaine both participated in our youth services before securing their youth worker roles through the KickStart Scheme. They have excelled in supporting and learning from the youth work team and, of course, have empowered and worked with our young service users across West London. Ryan and Kaine have planned, lead and delivered a recent football tournament for the community and we are so excited to see what the future holds for them.
2. Our young people
We could talk all day about the ways in which our young people are champions of youth work and inspire us to work harder and more creatively throughout our services. Our young people both in Dickerage Community Centre and Hampton Youth Project have worked hard over the past few months to give their spaces a renovation and refresh for their peers to enjoy. We love putting young people in the centre of everything we do, especially in giving them the opportunity to create spaces they feel safe and welcoming. We love the artwork and renovations our young people have led on.
3. YMCA St Paul’s Group
Finally we want to highlight the role that every member of our organisation plays in championing youth work. From our fabulous maintenance team, finance service, catering department, reception staff, health and wellbeing teams, housing, children’s, youth, marketing and IT services. Every person at YMCA St Paul’s Group is a champion of youth work, as there is no way we could run our youth services without you all! Thank you to each and every staff member at YMCA St Paul’s Group, together we all champion and enable the incredible youth work across our organisation and London.