A new vision for the young people of Great Yarmouth was launched at St George’s Theatre last night, at an event inspired by MAP’s new Youth Investment Fund project and to coincide with National Youth Work Week.
The Youth Investment Fund windfall of almost £700,000 over three years is enabling MAP to provide new opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities, support their personal development and get the skills and confidence they need to enter the workplace.
Outreach work is a key part of the YIF programme of activities and MAP’s youth workers have already set up 5 separate weekly drop-in sessions in key locations across Great Yarmouth where young people have told us they have nowhere to go and nothing to do. Offering warm and welcoming spaces and professional support, the drop-ins are already proving hugely popular.
Young people want somewhere safe to go, that’s sheltered, where they can hang out with friends and where adults treat them as equals. Are they really asking for that much?’ Karla George, MAP
The celebration showcased a range of locally based services for young people including youth work, advice and counselling from Norfolk youth charity MAP. MAP’s Senior Youth Worker Karla George was among the guest speakers at the event and gave an inspirational presentation, challenging those who work with young people to think differently about their approach and putting young people at the heart of their plans.
Invited guests were also treated to a performance of a poem written by a young person who has been supported by MAP’s practitioners and a film to promote MAP’s new services in Great Yarmouth, which have been made possible by the Youth Investment Fund (YIF).
Project Manager Karla George said: ‘We are thrilled to be providing opportunities for young people in Great Yarmouth with this huge investment in youth work. There has long been a need for this type of open access provision locally.’
GYBC Community Development Manager Holly Notcutt added, ‘MAP’s new project has been able to start engaging with young people and the wider community straight away using the Neighbourhoods That Work networks. In the longer term, communities will be more resilient as they will have provision for young people that takes place on their doorstep.’