about charter youth team
Charter’s Youth Team can help with lots of issues which affect young people in our communities.
We think it’s really important to help young people have a better future. That’s why we employ experienced youth development workers who have a range of skills and specialist knowledge. Our youth team is designed to engage and inspire young people to make positive changes in their lives, to achieve their maximum potential.
Mixture of consistent long term, open access projects examples are as follows:
The Social projects target young people aged 8 – 19. They encourage young people to make constructive use of their time by socialising and participating in activities and issue/skills based workshops. Social projects can be street based or centre based.
They offer young people a safe space where young people can meet with their youth workers. The Socials enable Charter to have a consistent presence on estates which then allows us to build trusting relationships in the areas in which we work.
The Social’s encourage:
- Community cohesion
- Capacity Building
- Reduced levels of anti social behaviour
- Increased levels of aspiration, motivation and self esteem in young people
- Improved social and communication skills in young people
- Enable Charter Youth Team to retain young people who we work with and enables us to develop long term trusting relationships from which we can identify further needs and develop future projects based on these needs.
We’ve already undertaken many more exciting projects, with more in the pipeline!
Future Projects/ Activities planned
in partnership with
Following on from Go Girls success, Brother’s Project will be the male focused project equivalent.
The Brother project is a partnership project between Charter and Bron Afon Community Housing. It increases the confidence and self esteem of young men aged 15-25 living in Charter and Bron Afon areas. Through issue based workshops and monthly support meetings The Brother Project builds the resilience of young men to enabling them to cope better with life’s challenges.
The project will work to raise awareness and educate young males on these following subjects:
- Domestic Abuse
- Poor Mental Health
- Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations of young men
Through a strong male mentoring and positive role modelling approach the project aims to raise awareness and subsequently create positive behaviour and attitude change. The Brother’s Project will enable young men to be more confident, responsible role models who are equipped and resilient to cope better with life challenges.
Grow Wild is an intergenerational project that combines youth and community work to help combat antisocial behaviour, break down barriers and improve communication between young people and tenants on Llanfoist estate.
With a budget of £100, young people from the ages of 11-18 will have the opportunity to construct affordable household plan pots, hanging baskets, and planters and sell them to the community. To do this young people will be expected to conduct market research, plan and consult with tenants and work as a team to achieve project success, therefore this project also increases young people’s practical, entrepreneurial and employability skills.
V.I.Y – Volunteer It Yourself!
Cycle Mania was a community cycle project based in Risca. Charter supported this project and also ran its own 2 day cycling taster courses Charter wide. The course was led by a young person from Cycle Mania and supported by the Charter youth team.
Cycle Mania 2 day Taster Course consisted of….
- Day One – Cycle Maintenance and Basic First Aid course
- Day Two – Cycle Proficiency and a half day bike ride.
- All equipment is provided free of charge to participants.
- Open to young people Charter Wide from aged 11 – 25.