Wrexham Youth and Play Service
Wrexham Youth and Play Service provide a range of services that includes Youth Clubs, Schools Youth Work, Play, Detached Youth Work and Outreach., Inspire – Hospital Youth Work, In2Change - Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service, Outside In - Counselling, Info Shop, Contact Sexual Health Clinics, Second Voice Advocacy, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Participation including the Senedd yr Ifanc.
The Youth Service supports young people aged 11 to 25 years, providing both universal and targeted interventions. Relationships with young people are based on voluntary engagement and are underpinned by the five pillars in Youth Work in Wales: Principles & Purposes.
It provides a county-wide service using a variety of methods to engage with children and young people such as detached youth work, building based provision and outreach services. This provision of a modern flexible service reaches out to children and young people at times that suit them, in places where they want to be and enables them to achieve and enjoy non-formal and informal education opportunities.
‘Achieving quality youth work experiences for young people in Wrexham’.
The guiding principles for a modern day Youth and Play Services in Wrexham are:
- Be based in areas where the majority of children and young people reside;
- Be based in areas where children and young people are more likely to commit crime, be involved in anti-social behaviour, be excluded from school, live in poverty, etc;
- Be available to children and young people within a three-mile radius of their home, delivered by a range of providers, where possible.
- Be inclusive, addressing the needs of minority groups;
- Be flexible and able to respond to current and emerging trends;
- Ensure children and young people are involved in shaping services.
- Use different approaches to engage with children and young people, ensuring that they are resourced to a standard to deliver the service effectively e.g. buildings should always be fit for purpose, welcoming and have up to date equipment.
- Offer a high quality curriculum and respond to the needs of children and young people, underpinned by the Youth Work Curriculum Statement for Wales and Play Principles.
- Focus on achieving positive outcomes for children and young people as they make the transition from childhood and adolescence to adulthood.
- Utilise staff and volunteers who are appropriately qualified to deliver Play and Youth Services and have CPD in place;
- Work with other providers of children and young people’s services, including Leisure Services and the Third Sector.