In April 2021, St Peter’s were able to reopen the Youth Centre, following the relaxing of COVID rules and gradually resume their activities for and with young people, with funding from the HSYA.
They continue to offer after-school activities as well as more structured activities for two age groups, providing the young persons with a safe place to meet and let off steam. Some evenings will revolve around games and others will be more formal, tackling issues relevant to the young people.
St Peter’s believe that relationship building is absolutely crucial for curbing anti-social behaviour and supporting the vulnerable. The focus of the centre is ‘being together’ and ‘building trust’. Some of the young people drop in when they feel like it but others turn up every time the centre is open and if there is nothing on for their age group, will volunteer to help out.
The success in building trust has resulted in St Peter’s youth workers being invited to visit the local Secondary School to chat with students at lunchtime, to be a friendly and non-judgemental presence. Recently, this has led to the team mentoring two students in school time and a further three out of school.
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