On Wednesday 18th March we temporarily had to close our youth clubs and young carers, but adapted our approach so that we could continue to help and support young people in Mendip and South Somerset.

– We are supporting young people remotely via phone calls, emails, social media and zoom calls. This includes 1:1 and group sessions.

– We are creating digital resources and purposeful activities to use in our youth clubs and young carers groups. These are being co-created with young people so they shape the activities and what is being offered.

– We are also sharing our Youth worker online materials with other agencies so they can use them to support young people across Somerset. The young worker online materials encourage and help young people to foster healthy digital lifestyles and stay safe online.

– We are a promoting the importance of mental and physical well-being at this time.

– We continue to care, safeguard and sign post young people in need, or at risk, to relevant agencies.

– We are working with young people so that we constantly are adapting our programmes and activities to fit in with their needs.

– We are planning for the future to support young people when we come out of lockdown and return to the new normal.

We hope to be able to welcome everyone back to our youth clubs when it is safe to do so; in the meantime, stay safe; and if you feel you need support, or would like to join our virtual youth clubs, please do get in touch.

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Our work with young people welcomes anyone 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, but we provide safe environments where every young person’s view is taken into account.

We ensure 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.

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

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

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

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

Westfield Youth Club  – Wednesday’s 7:00pm-9:00pm at St. Peter’s Church Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil, BA21 3DY

Wyndham Youth Club – 1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month 6:30pm-8:30pm at Sports Hall, Primrose Lane Primary School, Cunningham Road, Yeovil, BA21 5FH

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

Junior Youth Club Wyndham Park, for young people 8-12 years Wednesday’s 4-6pm, at Wyndham Park Community Hub, 80 Great Mead, Wyndham Park, Yeovil

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

Street and Glastonbury Youth Councils have created a Young Person Friendly Charter.

The Charter invites businesses, organisations and support services to become Street and Glastonbury Young Person Friendly Advocates. For more information please visit: youngpersonfriendlycharter.co.uk

Street ‘Action 4 Youth’ Council – Usually every other Tuesday (Term Time Only) 3:15pm-4:45pm at Street Young People’s Centre, Strode Road, Street, BA16 0AS. For more information please contact Andrea via email awhite@mendipymca.org.uk

Glastonbury Youth Council – 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month 7:00pm-8:30pm at Red Brick Building, Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT. For more information please contact Katherine via email kclarke@mendipymca.org.uk

Yeovil Youth Council – Meets every three weeks 4:00pm-5:00pm at Town Council Building, 19 Union Street, Yeovil, BA20 1PQ. For more information please contact Matt via email mvaine@mendipymca.org.uk

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.

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.

Yeovil Young Carers Group – Monday’s at Preston Road Methodist Church, Cedar Grove, Yeovil, BA21 3JR. We offer alternative weekly sessions for both juniors (8yrs-13/14yrs) which starts at 5:00pm till 7:00pm and seniors (13-14yrs+) which starts at 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Please contact us to find out further details on 01749 679553.