Our work within the community aims to target and challenge attitudes and perceptions around young people. We complete multi-generational and conservation projects to provide young people the chance to give back to their community, and provide them with the chance to both challenge and change the stereotypes faced by young people today. Further, we work to support safer, more equal communities so local communities can thrive.
The WYA team runs projects throughout the year to engage a wide range of young people and help them to develop skills and confidence. Many of these projects involve the creative arts in areas such as graffiti art and rap music, and are generally aimed at reducing social exclusion and helping young people to develop and achieve their goals.
Our project officers go into schools and work with small groups of young people on a variety of topics, throughout the year groups. They also hold larger assemblies for year groups on more generic matters that young people can engage with.
Some of our projects being taken into schools are:
Empowering Young Women
Empowering Young Men
Ok to Talk
Knife crime awareness
Beauty and The Truth
If you would like us to work with your young people at schools, clubs, alternative education facility etc., please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered Charity Number: 1172046
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Meet The Team
I’ve worked with WYA for just a few months and it has made quite an impact on my life. Working in the community is varied, interesting and has opened my eyes to the problems our young people are facing every day. If WYA can help them and make a difference to their lives, then it’s an honour to be involved.
Previously, I’ve worked in blue chip organisations as an Employee Engagement and Internal Communications Manager, so I enjoy the buzz around the office, working with the project officers and helping them help young people.
I have over five years of youth work experience, including working in young offenders’ establishment, am PTLLS qualified and hold a national youth mentor certification. I had a life changing experience in my early 20’s which empowered me to help others. I understand how easy it is for young people to be led astray and am now committed to helping others who may find themselves in similar situations, in making positive changes to their lives. I work with young people in grouping and mentoring in 1:1 situations.
I have been working for WYA for five years, I started as a project officer and am now a Senior Project Officer and Safeguarding Lead. Previously I was a manager at Education Youth Services working with young people who had been excluded from mainstream school. I’m extremely positive and see great potential in young people; I like to support them in reaching their goals and aspirations. I have boundless energy which is evidenced in my delivery of projects within WYA, e.g. Empowering Young Women, Girls’ Group and the Youth Council. I hold qualifications in mentoring, youth work, counselling, management and more. I enjoy working within a team and learning from those around me, drawing on differing experiences.
Brandon Baker – Timms
I have 9 years’ experience working with young people in several sectors. I have a worked with young people in alternative schooling, social care housing and as a youth worker. The majority of my work has come from the youth service where I worked as a gang mentor and worked specifically with young people affected by CCE/CSE. Having worked in volatile environments, this has only made me more driven to helping young people better themselves for a better life. I believe there is potential in everyone, and everyone deserves the chance to receive help to achieve it.