Services we offer and why:

The Bridge Mentoring 

The Bridge Mentoring programme delivers one to one support to young people struggling with their well-being. The mentor will work with the young person to look at areas they need support in and help them create a plan around improving and maintaining well-being.


Why are we offering this?

We are aware all young people can struggle with their well-being at times and the impact of COVID-19 on young people's lives is likely to lead to more young people struggling at times. We are currently working with five school who have identified young people who would benefit from this support.


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School Workshops 

This is a six-week programme delivered in schools. The sessions focus on educating young people around issues including exploitation, positive friendships, anti-social behaviour, homelessness, substance use, modern day slavery and knife crime.

Schools identify the pupils whom they feel will benefit from the sessions and the programme takes place in school during lesson time. The programme is often delivered in partnership with other relevant specialist services.


Why do we offer this?

This intervention covers topics that are not generally covered in the school curriculum. The aim is to educate the participants around the topics using a variety of different tools. What they learn will not only help keep them safe but also their peers as we'd be asking them to spread this knowledge to others.

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Beyond The Gate Mentoring 

Education around issues including exploitation, county lines, anti-social behaviour, positive friendships and any current issues impacting on young people can be discussed in the sessions. Personalised plans involving the management of emotions and dealing with the stresses of day-to-day life so that the young person feels more capable and confident in dealing with these challenges.


​Positive activities will be used to help improve confidence and provide new opportunities, which may include sessions in an activity with an external service such as the gym, music sessions, boxing, basketball, etc (subject to availability) .

Why are we offering this?

We are aware that young people face many challenges in life and that at times support is needed. Our mentors will build up a positive relationship with the young person and support them in identifying existing strengths as well as providing a safe space to talk. All young people are at risk of exploitation and we are aware just how quickly things can escalate. The aim of the mentoring is to support young people in identifying the signs of exploitation and them being supported in making positive changes.

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Our detached service includes our Youth Workers visiting areas where young people are mixing in and around the local community. The team aim to build a positive relationship with the young people in their social environments, with a view to engaging with and signposting them to other support services. This will include informing them about what The Sid Youth offers, as well as other local services and agencies.

Why do we offer this?

Our detached work aims to reduce youth anti-social behaviour and help resolve community problems, working with young people to identify solutions rather than focusing on problems. The detached team will liaise with the local Safer Communities Team to identify hotspot areas while the presence of our youth workers aims to promote feelings of safety among young people, reducing potential risks as well as providing opportunities to offer advice and guidance.

The choice to engage or not will ultimately lie with the young person, providing them with the opportunity to make a conscious and autonomous decision around engagement - unlike forced provision.

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"Working with Ryan helped me and was fun. I enjoyed talking and being able to say what i was feeling. School has got a lot better but i still find it hard sometimes"

Young person

"Paul Read has worked with a number of our most vulnerable students.  His work has had a real impact on their attendance and engagement in school, in addition to their behaviour outside of school.  The effect he has had is invaluable, as he makes a real difference to the young people he supports."

Pete Byrne - Headteacher  

St Oscar Romero Catholic School

We work in a proactive way in order to make sure we are offering services that can not only benefit the young people we work with but also support the community and the families they live with. 

We continue to capture the voice of young people and use this information to create programmes that meet this need.