CommunityatNE66

Project Category: Registered charityProject Tags: Children, Volunteering, Community, Children and young people, Food, Older People and Vulnerable Society

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  • Our Story

    Community @NE66 was founded in January 2017  and is a Community and Youth Development Project based at  the Alnwick Community Centre in Alnwick Northumberland.  Our organisation recognises that both individual and community well being is underpinned by healthy relationships, whether these are with oneself, family members, partners, peers or the wider community. Our Community and Youth Work focuses on the promotion of healthy relationships.

    Our mission is to advocate, empower and support individuals who are considered vulnerable and Communities in North Northumberland that are considered ‘disadvantaged’.

    Our Projects:

    We offer a range of youth provision including: Tots Stay and Play (birth-3), Play (4-8 y/o), Impact (Mixed Group 9-12 y/o), Junior Girls (9-12 y/o), Junior Lads (9-12 y/o), Senior Girls (13+), Senior Lads (13+) and Barndale (Closed Group for yp with SEN).

    1-2-1s – Our 1-2-1 listening sessions are delivered by a qualified Youth Worker. We support and encourage  young people  to identify their own needs and the challenges they face. We provide them  with risk reduction information and  tools to build their resilience so they  can start to make practical steps towards positive change. These changes include building self esteem, establishing healthy relationships, reducing drug use, having a voice that is heard and being valued.

    Relationship & Sexual Health– In conjunction with the Duchess’s Community High School, Community @NE66 deliver independent well-being drop-in sessions at lunchtime. Young people can access confidential and non-judgemental support for any issues. We offer the NHS C-card and chlamydia & gonorrhea screening services as well as supported referrals to other specialist services. These sessions promote healthy relationships, education on consent and delay, and safeguarding assessments that are especially focused on Child Sexual Exploitation.

    Community counselling and therapy– When working with partners agencies in Northumberland, we recognised that there were substantial gaps in the current mental health and well-being provision in our area. We therefore created a project that offers vulnerable young people and community members free access to our Community Counselling and Therapy project. The project provides early intervention solutions designed to alleviate the long-term risks of mental health and well-being issues. This in turn enables  them to thrive within their community.  The project works  with young people who fall beneath the current threshold that exists for CYPS/CAMHS services and our delivery hubs in Alnwick Community Centre and the Duchess’s Community High School offer support for clients who struggle to access  statutory services.

    Keyfund groups– The Key Fund  at Community @NE66 is a process that allows groups of young people to raise money for projects that they are really interested in.  The Key Fund focuses on a young person lead approach, where young people are responsible for deciding on the direction they want their group to take together with  the planning and facilitation of their chosen activities.  Key Funds can be set up for groups of 3 or more young people between the ages of 11 and 19. Our Key Fund is open to any young people in our community who would like to start their own group.

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