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An inspirational day!

Sunday 11th October saw the Somerset Youth & Community Service Team at Taunton YMCA to support the Taunton Deane Youth Network's Youth Work Training Day.  The Taunton Deane Youth Network is a group of representatives from companies and organisations who are engaged in work with young people in the Taunton Deane area.  The network meets approximately four times a year to share ideas, news and expertise.

Earlier this year the network identified that there was a need for a training day.  This event would allow anyone involved in work with young people to attend workshops to improve their skills and network with others working in the field.  Somerset Youth and Community Service offered to support the event by coordinating the day and tutoring some of the workshops.  The event was launched in July and the bookings quickly started coming in.

The day went really well with 40 people attending and a staff team delivering eight different workshop options:

  • Youth worker roles & responsibilities
  • Young people's voice in their communities
  • Involving and developing volunteers within your youth work
  • Measuring learning outcomes in youth work
  • Inspiring youth work - how does your youth session buzz?
  • Funding applications - top tips and common pitfalls
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Sex, drugs and rock n' roll - how do we get the message across?

Our Service Manager, Jeff Brown, became the hero of the day when he stepped in to write and deliver a Funding Applications workshop at a couple of hours' notice when the original trainer was unable to make it.

It was a hectic but brilliant day.  A really wide range of people attended, bringing experience and knowledge from lots of perspectives.  In fact for most people there, the opportunity to network with other people was one of the highlights of the day. 

Responses to question "the thing I most enjoyed about the event was..." included:

"Being stimulated and challenged, meeting so many amazing people and being encouraged."

"Meeting a good range of organisations and individuals who are active in youth work."


Other quotes from the feedback included...

"I thought being in a youth club just meant turning up, I hadn't realised quite what a difference we make and how much support is out there."

Thank you for organising the event - well planned and executed.  Big pat on the back!"


Angela Derry
Project Support Officer - Youth & Community 

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Safe and Welcoming Congratulations!

I'm happy to say we have recently awarded the Safe and Welcoming Benchmark to Stogursey Youth Club, Tatworth Community Youth Club and, today, Windmill Hill Youth Club in Glastonbury. It's lovely to be able to publicly recognise the hard work of these clubs, being safe for their young people and valued by them too.

I currently have about another 20 portfolios nearing completion and am hoping to be able to blog again about more awards soon. Huzzah!

Kirstie Brown
Youth and Community Officer

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Hello The Charltons...

I visited the Charltons Youth Club last night and had a lovely time. It's a great club, there was food, a treasure hunt and young people doing their 'Safe and Welcoming' statements. It's in a beautiful setting too, with access to playing fields and the tennis court. The young people love going there - it's open from 7pm tp 9pm on Wednesdays during term time if you fancy popping along.

A couple fo the group went to our Youth Councils residential in 2014 and are still talking about it! Thank you everyone there for making me so welcome (and offering to share pizza).

Kirstie Brown

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