Our work in East Birmingham and Solihull provide a range of youthwork projects with a focus on supporting young people in key neighbourhoods across the area.
The main focus of our work in the Solihull borough is supporting young people in Chelmsley Wood.
Through our team based at Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church we provide detached work, holiday activities, WWLI programme, schools and college work.
We also run a Thrive Youthwork course currently at Level 2 with 16 people due to graduate from this is summer 2009 and Level 3 commencing in September 2010..
We have also run projects with young people who are disaffected in partnership with statutory agencies.
We are working with partners & local residents to build a youth and community project centred around a new 'hub' building on the estate, engaging young people through detached, diversionary activities, mentoring, sport & music.
We are also providing the ‘Thrive’ youth work course to equip local young people & the wider community.
Working with St. Margaret’s Community Trust to engage young people through detached work, diversionary activity & mentoring.
Working with police, youth service, & youth inclusion project to build a range of engagement and provision in Shard End.
Story from the East Birmingham & Solihull project
‘What’s going on these days?’
Tyrone Morris’ (AKA ‘Tek 9’) latest track is called ‘What’s going on these days?’ In the track he wants to express to young people to not waste their talent, but use it. Tyrone hopes this message will speak as loud and clear to other young people as it has for him.
Tyrone, aged 18 from the Bromford Estate, is trying to use his talent for lyric and music writing to not only get a message across to other young people but to also make a positive contribution in his local community. Tyrone began getting involved in music making 2 years ago when his older brother was sent to prison. Music was a release for Tyrone and helped him to express himself. Lyric writing helped him relieve his anger and frustration by putting his feelings into words. His music would talk explicitly about violence, fighting, drugs, gangs and crime which he describes as the world he experienced every time he stepped out of his door and a world he believed there was no alternative to.But now Tyrone understands that there are alternatives to getting caught up in life on the streets and as he takes steps away from crime and violence he wants to help other young people make the same steps.
Tyrone is using his talents to help teach and coach other young people to write music and mix beats. As part of this he encourages the young people to write about their feelings and emotions and hopes this will help them make sense of their experiences. He is also going to be undertaking a youth work course with Worth Unlimited that will be based in Hodge Hill. He hopes this will help him to develop his skills and provide opportunities to use his music and his story to help many more young people in the future.
The NEET project has offered opportunities to young people aged 16-19 who are not in education employment or training. The young people involved have been encouraged to try different experiences both indoor to outdoor activities including Kayaking, working with a local artist and a local film director. Over the past 6 months I have witnessed these young people become engaged as a group. Their social and listening skills have greatly improved.
The NEET project has also helped motivate the young people to make a change to their own futures. Three of the young people have subsequently enrolled on college courses and one will shortly begin training with the army. The NEET project has been a good experience for all.
Iris Stedmon, Project Worker