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Sidings Youth Project (11-19yrs)

Helping youth today for a brighter tomorrow.

The Sidings Youth Project works with young people predominately from, the borough of Camden, who are aged 11-19yrs offering youth orientated activities, advice, support, information and guidance. We work directly with young people and their families to assist young people in their development to adulthood addressing issues which directly affect them and their communities. We are an open and friendly provision with a skilled staff team delivering high quality programmes and activities with and for our youth members.

Activities

The Sidings Youth Project provides a programme of youth activities for young people that promote social inclusion and participation. These include recreational, educational, creative, physical and social aspects with the aim of engaging young people in a programme of activities in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment. We work with local partners to develop and extend on our work to increase the potential for tangible outcomes and accreditations.

These activities include arts and crafts, sports, music sessions, group work and social education workshops. Through accreditation we hope to create opportunities for more peer led initiatives, volunteering and the breakdown of geographical barriers between youth groups. All of our activities are derived through consultations with the young people providing them with an active voice for community cohesion and inclusion.

Currently our Spring term programme runs every:

Mondays Table Tennis Sessions (11-17 yrs): 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Mondays Youth Club (11-19 yrs): 6.30pm – 9pm

Tuesdays Football session (11-14 yrs): 5pm – 6:30pm

Tuesdays Fitness session (13-17 yrs): 6.30pm – 7:30pm

Wednesdays Youth Club (11-19 yrs): 7pm – 9:30 pm
The Wednesday session also includes our Sexual Health and Welfare C Card registration sessions.

 

Come down and sign up, take part and join in the fun!

We also run activities during the school holidays offering off-site trips and activities such as Paintballing, Water sports, such as sailing, kayaking, and powerboat rides, trips to theme parks, themed workshops and some residential activities where we take the young people out of the city to give them a view of a differing environment. To get a better feel for what we do visit our facebook page, www.facebook.com/SidingsYouthProject

Transitions

Sidings Transition Project acts as a useful link between the play & sports services and the youth club. Here we work with young people aged 11 yrs to 14yrs to get used to a youth club setting and enable them to gain confidence and develop their own activities and ideas. The young people can try out taster sessions and activities which are age appropriate in a safe and nurturing environment which are challenging and provide them with opportunities for growth and achievements. These include sports, music production, special project work and taster sessions.

Youth Volunteers

Youth trustees are an invaluable part of the provision enabling young people with opportunities for volunteering and taking ownership of the project. Young people who have been attending the project for a period of time are encouraged to help at the project both in terms of delivering the programme and also serving as ambassadors to raise the profile of the Sidings Youth Project and young people in general. They are provided with support and guidance in their role to provide them with valuable transferable skills which they can use on their portfolios/record of achievements or C.V’s.

Youth Consultation

Getting the message right is the first point of effective communication and so getting the views of young people is essential. We need to be sure we are doing the right things at the right times for the right people. We serve as a point for young people to promote their views and issues in a way which is constructive and positive. We hold youth forums within the project and have also worked with other youth agencies and the council in order to increase young people’s involvement in consultation and planning. These consultations take place throughout the year here at Sidings or at differing venues. S.Y.P will always inform young people of when there are occurring.

Sexual Health & Welfare

Sidings Youth Project is part of the Camden C Card Scheme. This is a Camden wide condom distribution system which has the aim of improving sexual health education and condom access to young people from 13yrs to the age of 25yrs. We are a registration point whereby young people can sign up to the scheme. They will have the opportunity to speak to a sexual health specialist or trained staff members receiving confidential advice and a unique id number where they can access other centres and receive condoms and advice. We also offer S.T.I testing kits which test for Chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Once registered the young person can access here or other sites 6 to 8 times and then must undergo a sexual health intervention to see how the scheme is working for them and to address any issues which arise. Shirldon Barthelmy from the Brandon centre is on hand twice a month offering additional support. For any additional info please click on the link for the Brandon Centre.

Useful Information

Brandon Centre – Counselling and Psychotherapy for Young People

Tel: 020 7267 4792 Email: reception@brandon-centre.org.uk

NSPCC Tel: 0808 800 5000

Childline Tel: 0800 1111

Kidscape (Bullying) Tel: 020 7730 3300

Camden Integrated Youth Support Services

Tel: 020-7974 7253

Connexions (Direct Helpline)

Tel: 0808 001 3219

FWD Drug and Alcohol Services for Young People in Camden

Tel: 0207 974 4701 Email: ypmst@camden.gov.uk

Links

Brandon Centre: http://www.brandon-centre.org.uk/

Camden IYSS: http://camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/education/services-for-children-and-parents/camdenlasupportservices/youthandconnexionsservice.en

Arc: http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/contacts/non-council-contacts/contact-camden-youth-clubs.en#internalSection4

The Winch: http://thewinch.org/

Peoples, Voices Media: http://peoplesvoicemedia.co.uk/

North Area Partnership

The North Area Partnership is a collective of youth organisations, statutory and voluntary with the aim of strengthening the provision of youth services within the North area of Camden. The Current partners in the NAP include: Sidings Youth Project, Alexandra Resource Centre, The Winchester Project, P3 Kilburn Navigator plus linked providers such as Kilburn Youth Station, The Mosaic Project and Camden Sports development Team. The NAP has the aim of sharing/developing good practice for youth professional with young people at the heart of all the good work going on in the area.

We have a commitment to enabling young people through a shared vision based on an understanding of strategic coordination and the establishment of accountability and responsibility amongst NAP partners and associates. We will create and coordinate youth provisions which will empower, promote inclusion and cohesion and give the young people the confidence and skills to make informed choices for their lives.

Some of our priorities include;

  • Increasing access and opportunities for NEET young people
  • Reducing social inequalities
  • Providing opportunities for social action
  • Strengthening a multi-disciplinary approach to address strategic issues
  • The establishment of exit routes such as the creation of peer led educational initiatives or referrals to other partners and/or agencies.