“Youth work” is defined as activities that intentionally seek to impact young people.

Our holistic approach to youth work is underpinned by a clear set of values and promotes young people’s personal and social development; enabling them to learn about themselves, others and society, through informal educational activities.

We work predominantly with young people aged between 10 and 19 years (up to 25 years old with Special Educational Needs); some of these young people can be vulnerable and/or have some additional needs.

We provide safe environments where young people’s views are taken into account to ensure their continued engagement and participation in planned programmes of positive activities and issue based work; relevant to the needs and development of individuals and peer groups.  All of our activities are designed to develop social and life skills; increase confidence and resilience; and to help young people move away from any harmful behaviours.

Our Youth Club programmes are delivered through non-formal educational activities which combine enjoyment, challenge and learning. These are designed to guide young people to think for themselves; make healthy choices; improve their emotional health and wellbeing; build skills for life; develop character; have a better understanding of the world around them and take action for others.  For an example of some of the youth club sessions we run please click here.

All of our existing youth clubs have been awarded the Somerset County Council Safe & Welcoming Benchmark.  We run inclusive sessions where everyone is welcome.

We also engage young people within their community by organised Youth Councils, which enables young people to have a voice and work closely with key organisations within the local area including councils and police.

As part of our youth work service, we also offer a Young Carers group, which provides a programme of activities for young carers (8-18yrs), where they can gain respite from their carers responsibilities, socialise, have fun and learn new skills.

 Please see below for a current list of YMCA Mendip & South Somerset Clubs and Groups in the area:

Shepton Mallet Youth Club – Wednesday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Paul Street Community Centre, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5LA

Frome Youth Club – Monday’s & Wednesday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Frome Youth & Community Centre, Vallis Road, BA11 3EF

Coleford Youth Club – Tuesday’s 6:30pm-8:30pm at Church Street, Coleford, BA3 5NQ

Mendip Young Carers Group – Tuesday’s at Pilton Village Hall, St Mary’s Ln, Pilton, Shepton Mallet BA4 4BB. We offer alternative weekly sessions for both juniors (8yrs-13/14yrs) which starts at 5:30pm till 7:30pm and seniors (13-14yrs+) which starts at 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Please contact us to find out more on 01749 679553.

Street Youth Club – Mondays’ & Thursday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Street Young People’s Centre, Strode Road, Street, BA16 0AS

Street Action 4 Youth Council – Usually every other Thursday 7:00pm at Street Young People’s Centre, Strode Road, Street, BA16 0AS (for more detail contact Andrea via email awhite@mendipymca.org.uk as dates and times change due to the nature of the group)

Glastonbury Windmill Hill Youth Club – Wednesday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Windmill Hill Youth Club, St Edmund’s Hall, BA6 8EG

Glastonbury Red Brick Youth Club (in partnership with Red Brick Building) – Friday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Red Brick Building, Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT

Glastonbury Youth Council – 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month 7:00pm-8:30pm at Red Brick Building, Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT

Milford Youth Club – Thursday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at Milford Community Hall, Milford Park, Yeovil, BA21 4DQ

Westfield Youth Club – Programme on hold, but hopefully returning shortly. Information to follow.

Yeovil Young Carers Group – Monday’s at Preston Road Methodist Church. We offer alternative weekly sessions for both juniors (8yrs-13/14yrs) which starts at 5:30pm till 7:30pm and seniors (13-14yrs+) which starts at 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Please contact us to find out more on 01749 679553.

Wyndham Youth Club – Wednesday 6:30pm-8:30pm at Sports Hall, Primrose Lane Primary School, Cunningham Road, Yeovil, BA21 5FH

Wyndham Youth Club – 3rd Wednesday of the month 6:30pm-8:30pm at Wyndham Park Community Hub, 80 Great Mead, Wyndham Park, Yeovil