You can find out how to get involved in your local community and to influence what goes on here: https://kr.afcinfo.org.uk/pages/young-people/information-and-advice/getting-involved-taking-part/participation. On this website, there is also advice to help you look after your mind and body and take part in activities and events in the local area.
The Youth Service provides a range of services across the borough for young people and the wider community. Projects and programmes are regularly monitored to ensure they are providing value for money and meeting the needs of residents. Young people’s suggestions and feedback is routinely used to develop and improve all youth service provision.
You can find out more about the Youth Service here: https://kr.afcinfo.org.uk/young_people
The youth service provides a diverse range of affordable, fun, educational universal activities for young people aged 8 to 19 (up to 25 years with SEN). The provision includes:
- youth centre sessions.
- project sessions.
- school holiday activities.
- Youth Voice groups (Youth Ambassadors, Youth Voice Youth Choice funding scheme, etc).
The success (impact) of this provision is measured through pre and post support data and feedback (from young people and professionals), de-escalation to a lower level of support needed, the development of young people into volunteers and then paid members of staff, attendance numbers, and accreditations. Following the conclusion of a majority of the projects, contact is made with young people and professionals after three to six months to get feedback on longer term impact as a result of any support.
Feedback from young people suggests that youth workers do not have a stigma attached to them and are seen by young people as informal (unlike teaching staff, social care, etc). Some young people do not always like to be seen working with specialist services.
As the needs of the local children and young people change, additional projects are planned and delivered to ensure that these needs are addressed, for example due to the increase in child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases nationally the youth service have developed a CSE awareness session that can be delivered in schools and youth groups.
Children in care provision
The youth service engages children in care in decision making processes that enables them to meet with and influence local decision makers. The youth service also leads on the positive activities programme for young people in care. The worker that leads on children in care engagement has no direct link with social care and as a result is seen as neutral by the young people with no set agenda.
Feedback indicates that children in care do not wish to attend events that are specifically for them so universal youth service programme publicity is made available to them before its goes into the public domain and they are actively encouraged to attend the programmes. This focused approach has led to a high increase in children in care attending universal youth service provision.
The success of this provision is measured through accreditations, attendances on programmes of young people, young people’s feedback, meeting minutes and the success of the rolling action plan.
Youth workers are trained to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s and ASDAN (an education charity and awarding organisation whose curriculum programmes and qualifications help young people develop knowledge and skills for learning, work and life) awards and provide training to internal and external services on how to deliver the awards.
Volunteers enhance most aspects of youth service delivery, especially the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award groups and universal youth sessions. Both young and adults volunteers undergo a training package to enable them to carry out their role.
Culture 4 Keeps
Culture 4 Keeps (C4K) is a programme for children looked after in Kingston and Richmond to engage with the arts. Children and young people take part in weekly and holiday arts programmes. C4K is an Achieving for Children programme in partnership with Orleans House Gallery.
To find out more or to take part, please contact:
C4K Coordinator Gwen Ramsay