“It was clear to us that youth work is very specialised and, as housing staff, we did not feel we had all of the necessary skills needed to work with this group.
"We were unsure of all of the legislation, training requirements and risk assessments that we would need and the best process to follow to start it up.
“We enlisted the help of YG who began to work with us every week. YG helped us plan and deliver sessions safely, based on the values of good youth work. We have accessed training to develop our skills and have acted upon YG’s advice to keep improving the way we evaluate and develop sessions.
“It has made a massive difference, working alongside a professional youth worker has given us confidence. Sharing expertise has helped us better understand young people’s behaviour and how to deal with it.
“Our goal is to slowly withdraw from YG’s support and continue to deliver the service ourselves. We hope to equip these young people with the tools to make the right decisions in life and to show them that they have the power to influence the world around them.”