SHDYP comes under the new Surrey Family Services, Waverley Team. The target group are young people living on the Sandy Hill Estate and nearby surrounding areas. Much of what is provided responds to issues that young people present, which often include safeguarding and welfare. However, the main focus of their work is to support the young people in order to nurture an environment of tolerance and respect amongst the young people with whom they work.
The project provides young people with better access to safe places and activities, an opportunity to develop their identity by helping them to challenge the negative stereotype that young people can have and to be more tolerant and understanding of diversity within the community and society. Young people have access to information and guidance, including sexual health, substance misuse, education, training and employment, housing, benefits, safeguarding, risk and vulnerability, physical, mental and emotional health, families and relationships.
The High Sheriff commented that he “watched young people receiving tuition from graffiti experts to create designs for repairing the outside walls of the Hut where they meet. The 11-19 year olds benefitted from developing their social skills and an introduction to arts and culture. In my last week as High Sheriff I received photographs of the completed graffiti art which looked terrific”.
Sandy Hill Detached Youth Project
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