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Worth Unlimited runs projects across the West Midlands, below is information on the work we do, the programmes we offer and the areas we work in.

Currently we work in the following areas:-

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What we do

To help support our aims of Building Hope, Unlocking Potential and Realising Worth of marginalised young people in the West Midlands we divide our work into four main areas:-

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COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION

To set up sustainable youth work projects in deprived local communities and estates across the West Midlands.

Worth Unlimited in the West Midlands is committed to building sustainable projects in local communities that suffer from the effects of deprivation. Supporting local projects that make a difference in local neighbourhoods is at the core of our work.

Our community work consists of:-

  • starting new projects in local communities
  • assessing community needs
  • consultation work with young people
  • strategic planning and local partnership development
  • delivery of project work including centre based work, detached work, youth cafes, enterprise set-up etc.
  • providing infrastructure, resources and management to local projects
  • supporting local vision and interest in working with marginalised young people
  • connecting projects and youth workers into Worth Unlimited’s learning community
  • providing local community projects with access to wide range of programmes and training
  • access to information, advice. fundraising and management support

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PROGRAMME DELIVERY

To be an innovative provider of programmes that engage with marginalised young people and provide them with tools to flourish in society.

Worth Unlimited in the West Midlands seeks to be a creative provider of programmes that positively impact the lives of disaffected young people. Our programmes are provided in a number of different settings including community based, schools/college work, statutory settings, youth clubs etc.

This work includes:-

  • World Worth Living In (WWLI) Personal and Social Development Programme
  • WWLI Diploma helping underachieving young people to obtain 4 GCSE’s (grade D-G).
  • WWLI Employability Project for NEET young people
  • WWLI Specialist programme for Prolific Young Offenders
  • Mentoring and One to one support
  • Mentoring Training
  • Emotional Literacy Programme for schools
  • Anger Management Programme
  • Social Skills and Team work programme for schools
  • Creative Learning through FitForLife Team
  • Sports, Music and Media Projects through FitForLife Team
  • Providing Community Venues as Inclusion Support centres for schools and communities

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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

To provide high quality training and support for staff and volunteers who regularly work with marginalised young people.

Worth Unlimited in the West Midlands has a commitment to ensure that we effectively engage with those who want to support young people through the provision of training, advice, information and life long learning.

Our work in supporting volunteers and staff include: -

  • Provision of workshops on key issues related to working with marginalised young people
  • Delivering Thrive an accredited programme of training for youth workers based in local communities where we work

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT

To develop a wide range of Social Enterprises that effectively engage with marginalised young people.

Worth Unlimited in the West Midlands is committed to ensuring that social entrepreneurs that wish to use their creative talents to engage with marginalised young people are given the support and structure to succeed.

Our support of social entrepreneurs includes:-

  • providing creative social entrepreneurs with opportunities to engage in local projects
  • provision of business, management and project based skills for emerging social entrepreneurs
  • Management and Infrastructure support through our trading arm , Worth Enterprises

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Programmes we offer

For more detailed information about these programmes please click below:

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Where we work

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East Birmingham and Solihull

Our work in East Birmingham and Solihull provides a range of youthwork projects with a focus on supporting young people in key neighbourhoods across the area.

Find out more about our work in East Birmingham and Solihull >

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NORTH BIRMINGHAM

In North Birmingham our 2 main projects are in partnership with the Anglican Parish of Handsworth and the Methodist church in Lozells. Our aims are to support local churches engage with marginalised young people that live in some of the most deprived areas of Birmingham.

We also are establishing a number of partnerships across the north of the city including work in Aston, Witton, Perry Common and Erdington. These partnerships are mainly focussed on supporting effective community based work and the delivery of World Worth Living In.

Find out more about our work in North Birmingham >

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NORTHFIELD

In South Birmingham our main focus of work is providing support to a local youth work project in West Heath and Longbridge called Youth Aware.

The project will be providing a regular programme of youth clubs, detached work, after school clubs and one to one mentoring.

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SANDWELL

The main part of our work in Sandwell is supporting the local Anglican churches that are part of the Warley Deanery to plan their future youth work strategy. The Unity Project will seek to work across all 9 local parishes to help establish new youth work services and support existing projects.

Our current work in Sandwell is based in the following areas:-

  • Smethwick - Working in Cape Hill and Londonderry areas of the town developing detached work, drop in services, centre based provision and an alternative education centre.
  • Oldbury - Working on the Lion Farm Estate to support youth work project through existing centre based provision and development of new projects.

We are also looking at new work in Wednesbury and Rowley Regis helping to set up sustainable youth work projects in those local communities.

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WALSALL

In Walsall we are delivering a variety of youth work services in one of the most deprived areas of the borough. We are currently engaged in after school clubs, regular creative arts work, detached work on the local estates and providing opportunities for young people to engage in residential and holiday activities.

We are also providing our new flagship World Worth Living In programme to a local school and developing new programmes around anger management for delivery in local schools.

We are also partnering with Walsall Street Teams to provide workshops and positive activities to young people who have a history of offending and being involved in the criminal justice system.

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Contact

Worth Unlimited - West Midlands
70 Raglan Road
Smethwick
West Midlands
B66 3ND

Email: gareth@worthunlimited.co.uk
Mobile: 07786 074977

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Ellie Richards
Programmes and Development Manager
Email: ellie@worthunlimited.co.uk
Mobile: 07832 107391

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Scott Pash
Senior Youth Worker
Worth Unlimited (Northfield)
c/o West Heath Youth Aware
278 Turves Green
Birmingham
B31 4BW

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Lance Blackwood
Development Worker
Worth Unlimited (Walsall)
Small Street Centre
1a Small Street
Walsall
West Midlands
WS1 3PR

Mobile: 07779 034654
Email: lance@worthunlimited.co.uk

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Jane Barrett
Worth Unlimited (North Birmingham)
70 Raglan Road
Smethwick
West Midlands
B66 3ND

Tel: 0121 555 5621
Mobile: 07841 644985
Email: jane@worthunlimited.co.uk

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Paul Wright
Worth Unlimited (Hodge Hill)

Mobile: 07725 986373
Email: paul@worthunlimited.co.uk

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Impact

Earlier this year Lance (West Mids team) and Melanie began working with a group of Year 10 lads from a school in Walsall who were considered most at risk of leaving school with no qualifications. We began delivering the Foundation level WWLI programme and most of the group quickly engaged with it. To push through the programme quickly we included a 4 day residential in Wales after which the young people knew they had pushed themselves to new limits and were amazed by what they had just done.

Monitoring and evaluation of the activity day showed that the young people had learnt new skills, develop existing skills, learnt what to do differently and that they can face their fears. Comments from this session included:

"I dealt with set backs and didn’t give up as I usually do"
"I learnt from my mistakes"
"I wasn’t scared to try new things"
"I co-operated well with others
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In the space of a few days we were able to complete lots of the Foundation level programme and, more importantly, enable the young people to develop new and existing skills in a different environment.

For more click here >

 

 

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