We offer a range of initiatives and services, tailor made to meet the needs of the individual. These include:
Detached Street Work & Outreach (DSWO): workers work on the streets, parks and Estates, as well as dropping into youth clubs, community centres. They provide confidential help, support and advice for you on your turf! On issues such as substance and alcohol misuse, consequences of antisocial behaviour, youth violence, poor sexual health and other social and emotional health difficulties. We also offer support around employment and training opportunities.
One-to-One Advocacy Support: workers will work with you on a personal level, giving help, support and advice that cater for your specific needs.
Counselling: individuals come to counselling to express feelings and thoughts on a wide range of issues. These can include: using drugs or alcohol, relationships, self harm, anger management, sexuality, gender, racism or other abuse, lack of confidence, being listened to and understood. It may be an effective way of offering you the space to think about, explore and talk about issues that may be concerning you or affecting the quality of your life. It may enable you to accept these feelings and understand them better in order to bring about positive change. This is offered in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): using evidence based practice these client-led and collaborative interventions are designed to help young people understand more about their problems as well as finding positive and realistic ways of managing their low mood, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). .
‘Incredible Years’ Parenting Programme & Personal Individual Parenting Training: support is provided for parents with children aged 3 to 10, with behavioural and conduct difficulties. We work on a one to one basis (parent-child game), or by running parenting groups using ‘Incredible Years’ Programme.
Community Families Programme: is an ‘early intervention’ service, which aims to break the cycle of disadvantage before it becomes magnified in the longer term. Our work with families is based on our ethos of providing a professional, personal, friendly and tailor-made programme of initiatives over a set period of time. We provide families with practical, social, emotional and psychological support around: parenting strategies, dealing with stress, anger, anxiety, self esteem and confidence.
Workshops and Discussion Groups: needs based workshops on issues such as territorial conflict, crime, antisocial behaviour, sex and relationship education and emotional health and well-being.
The Comanity Project is an Erasmus+ KA3 ‘Support for Policy Reform’ action coordinated by Arcola Research, UK, gathering 9 European partners from the UK, Italy, Spain, Greece and Belgium over two years (2017-2019). The consortium has committed to developing an ‘inclusive learning ecosystem’ around marginalised and vulnerable young people through the creation of the “Community Animateur” Programme. The Community Animateur role will be to bridge the existing gap between young people on the margin and youth communities and institutions by acting as a “Social Mediator”.
The aim is dual: getting youth services to become more engaging towards disadvantaged youth; getting marginalised young people to become more engaged in youth work. The strategy is based on identifying the necessary competences to train the future Community Animateur in order to then convert them into a Competence Framework. The latter will be implemented and evaluated as a pilot test of which the training programme and results will be disseminated as to scale it up and out within the wider EU field.