Winchester Street Reach

Winchester Street Reach

At a glance

Causes

  • Local / community
  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Winchester Street Reach is a young person's charity operating in Winchester and the surrounding areas. We deliver year round, street based outreach to young people in communities across Winchester, known as 'detached youth work'. We also run a range of centre-based projects and residential trips. Our work is open to all young people and is particularly targeted to those experiencing disadvantage. The Detached project is the foundation of our work, where our team of youth workers reach out to young people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or isolated in order to identify their needs and provide support. Winchester Street Reach operates city-wide in Weeke, Harestock, Winnall and Stanmore and we have been in these four communities since 2012. In the past year, we have supported 301 young people through the detached project itself.

Activities

The Detached project enables our team to reach out to young people directly in their community. Our youth workers are experienced in engaging young people informally and on their level. On-shift we will have a range of activities, tools and conversation starters to support our work. We establish trust with young people and their participation is always voluntary.

An exciting development for our charity is that in summer 2022 we had a mobile youth space commissioned as a result of a Children in Need grant. This is a ‘high top’ van that a local campervan conversion company fitted out to our requirements. The main purpose of the space is to facilitate mobile DJ workshops which has proved incredibly popular amongst teenagers.

We have a number of other core projects for young people:

Friday Football – This is a popular drop-in project for boys and girls, helping them to get active alongside receiving support from our youth workers.

Micheldever Youth Club – A weekly youth club in Micheldever for young people from the village and surrounding areas. The club provides activities and important access to youth worker support, as well as helping alleviate the impact of rural isolation.

Belong, Connect, Achieve – This is a daytime project taking place in a number of local Winchester schools. Here our youth workers support young people struggling with social isolation, mental health difficulties and at times risk of exclusion by creating an inclusive and safe project for the group members to be able to express themselves, be honest about their challenges, and build confidence.

Camping – We deliver an annual summer camping and activities residential to young people, which for many is the highlight of our projects.

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