During to the pandemic, with all youth clubs closed, Surrey Clubs for Young People (SCYP) were asked to work with the police to engage young people who were gathering in large groups outside home illegally. It found that many youths came from disadvantaged backgrounds and were escaping turbulent home lives, to stay connected to their friends. This engagement with over 700 youths gave insight and understanding of how the pandemic affected young people. It showed that there was an urgent need for them to have a safe space to meet their friends and to do positive activities, instead of meeting and engaging in dangerous and illegal activities.
To help with this, SCYP have taken on ten youth club buildings from Surrey County Council. The award from the HSYA has funded the training of youth workers and volunteers to help them manage the pent-up energies of the young people and provide them with engaging activities in safe spaces. Six youth clubs have now reopened, and the staff and volunteers are undertaking further outreach work to encourage the young people back into the clubs and off the streets. Feedback from the young people and from the Police Community Support Officers is helping to shape how the clubs evolve.
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