Targeted Youth Services

Targeted Youth Services

At Warrington Youth Zone, we prioritise the health and wellbeing of both our members and our staff. 

We have a number of amazing programmes, projects, benefits and support available. The targeted programmes that Warrington Youth Zone deliver are a fantastic way for young people to focus on themselves and improve their health, physically and mentally.

From fun and structured projects in our Project Zone to some of our Funded Programmes, we also have an amazing Health and Wellbeing offer.

Community Mentoring 

The Community Mentoring programme offers one to one support for vulnerable and at risk children and young people aged 7 – 19. Volunteer mentors meet weekly with a young person referred to the programme to provide a bespoke package tailored to support personal, social and emotional development. Mentoring sessions take place both in the Youth Zone and in the local community, offering fun activities including sports, arts and crafts, cooking, bowling and much more! The Mentoring programme also runs regular group trips and activities throughout the year.

Buddy Up 

Buddy Up is a befriending project supporting children and young people with disabilities. The programme encourages interaction with peers and greater social skills, reducing the risk of social isolation. Young people are encouraged to develop their independence and to ultimately access social groups and participate in activities without the support of their Buddy. The project runs regular trips and film nights helping young people develop a degree of confidence and, ideally, forge a friendship group. 

Employability Matters 

An employability and life skills programme for disadvantaged young people aged 14 – 25. Sessions include a combination of one to one mentoring support, group activities and employability workshops to explore and secure employability and educational outcomes. The programme offers a range of sessions delivered over several weeks and can be adapted to suit those still in full-time education but deemed to be at risk of NEET or those who have left the education system and are NEET. Accredited employability qualifications at Level 1 and 2 can be completed as part of this programme. 

The Employability Hub 

The Employability Hub is based at the Youth Zone and offers support to young people in the areas of life skills, employment skills, enterprise and careers guidance. The range of services include drop-in support sessions for applications, CV writing, interview skills etc. and bespoke employability packages with referrals to the Employability Matters programme, work experience, placements and apprenticeship opportunities. Our employability coaches can also support any young people struggling with expenses for workwear and travel. 

Emotional Health and Wellbeing, 1:1s 

Our Health and Wellbeing programme offers one to one support sessions for children and young people with a high level of need and requiring emotional and mental health support or a referral to counselling. (Please note, this programme currently takes internal referrals only). 

Tough Minds and Pretty Tough 

Tough Minds and Pretty Tough are personal development projects for young men (aged 13-19) and young women (aged 13 – 17) respectively. The 12-week projects focus on both emotional and physical health, exploring challenges facing young people and promoting positive change and healthy lifestyles. Sessions are run both at the Youth Zone and in local schools and can be adapted to suit cohorts depending on age and need.  

NCS, Summer/Autumn programmes 

The National Citizen Service is a social development programme for 16-17 year olds with waves running during Summer and Autumn in the school holidays. It encourages life skills such as teamwork, communication and independence and includes a social action element where young people can get their voices heard and support their local community. NCS gives young people the buzz of being an adult (without all the responsibilities) and helps them develop the skills that will set them up for life after school. 

NCS, Changemakers 

Part of the NCS programme, Changemakers is a local social action programme where young people can be part of a group who will design and deliver positive community change on a subject that matters to them. 

NCS, Skills Booster 

NCS offer a school support programme for Year 11s focusing on personal development, ambition and aspirations and ensuring participants are both ‘world ready’ and ‘work ready.’ 

About WYZ

Warrington Youth Zone believes in ‘Inspiring young people to achieve’. We exist to support young people’s development, offering opportunities to gain, increase and develop skills, knowledge, self awareness and confidence, and enabling them to make positive and healthy life choices through our wide range of programmes aimed at different age groups.

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