Kernow Youth

Introduction

Based in Fourways, St Blazey, Kernow Youth is a CIC dedicated to supporting young people 0-19 years. Government cut-backs in Youth Worker funding meant that this excellent centre might be forced to close. A team looked at ways of making the Centre sustainable following the reduction in funding by Cornwall Council. We have a very valuable resource here and it needs to be saved for our residents to continue using.

PBBL agreed to devote resources to:

  • Support a number of youth related projects and activities, to assist in future sustainability for local youth work where a real need was highlighted, outreach activities for vulnerable / at risk youngsters and identifying volunteering opportunities which, in turn, could lead to employment.
  • Support the newly formed Par Bay Young Advisors enabling them to achieve their full potential. They presented their plans to the Partnership Group and some initial steps were agreed.  Investment was made to assist with promotion and agreed commissions and collaborations across the three parts of the Par Bay Big Local area.

July 2017

Young Advisors

Par Bay Young Advisors Group established. This is a social entrepreneurial group of young people, set up to reflect and focus on the needs of young people in our area. They have received training alongside groups from other Big Local areas to develop their skills and confidence. They can be commissioned to carry out surveys, research, community mapping, offer advice, “youth proof” official documents etc.

Report by Laura Pellow:

Chloe attended a Mental Health / self-harming in young people training with the Young Advisor lead, Laura, and a first aid training to update knowledge with current information of organisations that can assist young people, (upskilling) ready to open the Wednesday afternoon advice and guidance drop-in at Cornubia  in April.

Megan attended Tywardreath and Par Neighbourhood plan meetings to discuss how she could assist them in the consultation process with the 16-25 age group.

Sonny worked on the Soapbox Project supporting young people with individual needs.

Brett took photographs and film for video to be shown at the grand opening at Cornubia Hall. He filmed the Soap Box project taking part in the Alcohol awareness workshop which was followed by glass painting.

Team coffee
Planning
Buns

Kernow Youth

Kernow Youth Young Advisors group formed. Based at Fourways: a project for young people aged 15 – 24 years who show community leaders how to engage young people in community life, local decision making and improving services. They also work with business leaders, bringing unique expertise and knowledge about being young to influence strategic planning, decision making and marketing.

This group is providing young people with a voice in their community and supporting young people to become Kernow Youth Young Advisors who can be commissioned to provide a young person’s take on local issues.  St Blaise Town Council commissioned them to help with their Neighbourhood Plan. A flyer/ questionnaire aimed at young people  was prepared for Tywardreath and Par Parish Neighbourhood Plan.   A Young Advisors Facebook page was set up to keep people updated about their activities.

Other activities included visits to various youth groups, helping with activities and games to gain experience in working with young people and a meeting with a photographer to identify topics to film with his drone and planning work in partnership with a media student from Cornwall College, to develop a DVD highlighting the positive activities already taking place locally with Kernow Youth CIC.

A joint photography project with a Plymouth Young Advisors group looked at the area highlighting needs from a young persons perspective. The group enjoyed a really positive meeting with PCSO Jamie Ward and WPCSO Rebecca Harris who supported them with their photography project. Their job roles have changed but they were able to give Young Advisors plenty of ideas and local contacts.

Brett
Megan
Chloe
Martyn

The group planned a Beach Day for the summer holidays, designing, printing and distributing posters as well as planning risk assessments and creating a letter for parents.

They attended a workshop run by Paul Squires (from UnLtd), to discuss potential links to training for approaching organizations for commissioned work, e.g. Police, Local Councils and the Health service.

The Young Advisors were involved in a range of projects:

  • Cornubia Hall drop in Session
  • Swamp Circus Project
  • The Par Carnival Project
  • Summer outreach project in Par and surrounding area
  • Litter picking session at Par Track and Community Garden
  • Young Advisors team building trip to ibounce and Retallack Aqua Park to improve planning, communication and team work skills

The Young Advisors all took part in a safe-guarding training arranged by Kernow Youth and facilitated by a professional, they received accreditation for this through Young People Cornwall. They all completed their bronze volunteering award and went on to complete their gold awards by December 2019 by completing a number of hours of volunteering.

The group is made up from volunteers from various groups that Kernow Youth CIC facilitates, including young parents and young people with additional needs.

Par Bay Active Kids Youth Group

Twelve to Fifteen Young people attended the youth group in Par weekly. Prior to this provision no youth work was taking place in Par. The project ran weekly and engaged young people in a range of positive activities. Young People have taken part in Sumo Wrestling, Rounders, a football match, sports day games and a wet and wild water play session.

The young people have also taken part in creating decoupage plant pots, clay keep sake baskets. The young people have also had the opportunity to participate in two activity trips, Kayaking at Porthpean Beach and Football Golf. The group of young people has become well-formed and they are supporting each other to attend the project, initially there was some negativity between the young people due to previous experiences of each other in school settings, this has now been overcome and the group are functioning well together to complete tasks.

Par Beach
Team work
Par Running track
Kayaking

The project has provided young people with the opportunity to engage with positive activities and youth work. Youth workers have discussed friendships, bullying, racism and sexual health with the young people as appropriate. The young people have been sign posted to further information as required.

The project has engaged with several vulnerable young people in the Par Bay Big Local Area, including three young people referred through social care.

Three disabled young people attended the session weekly and participated fully in all the activities offered by the project. One Young person with social anxiety settled in well to the group and made friends.

The young people were encouraged to take ownership of the group and designed and created their own banner to display and advertise the sessions. Young people worked at a young person initiated, adult supported level within this project, supporting the young people to be empowered and grow in self-confidence and self-esteem.

Young People used the track weekly and have accumulated five miles each towards a marathon goal. This activity has led to discussions on healthy lifestyles and promoted open conversations around smoking.

March 2018

Kernow Youth

Young parents organised a swim trip at Par Sands swimming pool for themselves and their children recently as part of their healthy living programme.

Kernow Kidz practised weekly for their music performance with Jo Tagney ready for the St.Blazey Feast Day.

The Respect group enjoyed building erupting volcanoes.

Young People from Kernow Youth joined in with Cornwall’s Love Your Beach Day (beach clean and beach art project) on 14th of February at Par Beach.

September 2018

Young Advisors

Young Advisors will be attending safeguarding training on the 3rd of September to strengthen their knowledge in their volunteering roles. Megan will be presenting the results of the Tywardreath Neighbourhood Plan young people’s questionnaire.

Brett has been busy designing an advertising board for Kernow Youth for the Wednesday drop in /advice and guidance sessions due to run from September from 4.30‐6.00pm in Cornubia. Young people up to the age of 25 will be able to seek advice and guidance of any issues that are affecting their lives,qualified youth workers will be able to assist young people address their problems or refer them to the appropriate agencies. C‐cards available.

Drop-in
Teenage drop-in
Presentation
Mosaic

December 2018

Young Advisors

The advice and drop in session run in Cornubia by Kernow Youth on a Wednesday 4.30 ‐6 is getting busy, young people have designed a mosaic for the community garden. They enjoy doing the mosaic each week while discussing any issues that affect them.

Kernow Youth

Weekly drop-in advice sessions for local teenagers, funded by PBBL in response to local needs, commenced in autumn 2018 and have been well supported by those seeking advice and guidance on various issues.  A range of positive activities were also made available to them, including:

  • Participation in a community art project mosaic for the community garden
  • Raising awareness of issues faced by young people worldwide
  • Engagement with fund raising collecting for Sowenna, a young children’s mental health charity
  • 1-2-1 support from youth workers on wide range of issues – self harm, depression, problems at home, teenage pregnancy and drug, family breakdowns, school refusing and alcohol dependency
  • Peer led group support developing in community setting
  • Self-esteem raising sessions – body image, photo-shop
  • Encouraging positive engagement with other organisations
  • Future planning – support to access college and back in to school
  • Encouraging positive relationships with peers
  • Promoting engagement with other professionals
  • Ice skating trip to Eden
  • Mental health – awareness workshop
  • Healthy relationships and friendship workshop
  • One attended HUGS therapy sessions which she really enjoyed which improved school attendance; also increased self-esteem and confidence in group and outside of group

March 2019

Young Advisors

Report by Carol Fitzpatrick:

During the spring term the work for Par Bay Big Local has moved its focus towards developing a new Young Advisors group who will work and developing key relationships between young people and the community. The original group of Young Advisors successfully developed work such as the DVD for our presentation night, but they have all moved on to further education, university and employment.

We have over ten members in the new group with an age range of 13-21, both males and females. These members have formed from other groups so are very much still in the developing stage. They attend weekly and have already began planning ideas with the development of community relationships at the forefront. Two members of the Young Advisor group have already presented ideas to the management committee, which was a big step out of their comfort zone.

We have visited the community garden as well as the running track in our planning stages and have ideas for community days as well as developing ideas with the young groups at Kernow Youth to enter the carnival in July. The group have attended intergenerational days and are volunteering with the swamp circus that are delivering sessions on two Mondays this month.

We are also beginning outreach work in the Par Bay area which will include the young advisors as well as aiming to develop work with young people in the Par area who do not attend the youth sessions currently running. The group have started to develop relationships with one another and have a clear focus on what they think is needed in the local area in order to develop these vital community relationships.

We are also beginning outreach work in the Par Bay area which will include the young advisors as well as aiming to develop work with young people in the Par Bay area who do not attend the youth sessions currently running. The group have started to develop relationships with one another and have a clear focus on what they think is needed in the local area in order to develop these vital community relationships.

Food Donations
Ready for action
Ready to eat
Hot meals for all

Work was done with a group of young women around harm reduction related to drug use.

Young Women attended in high numbers, this was unexpected as new groups are classically dominated by young men. Because of this we identified a small group of young women we felt were at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation, we were able to offer sexual health advice/contraception information to this group of young women. As a result of this input the young women have stopped hanging out with a group of older young men who were dealing drugs and causing problems in the community.

The young women are planning to access the sexual health clinic to have implants after been signposted to the clinic in St. Austell by the youth workers on the project. Through dialogue with these young women highlighting the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships we hope to reduce the risk of them being Sexually exploited in the future.

The project was supported by a group of three young people from the Par Bay Local Area, who volunteered to support the running and organizing of the project.

Kernow Youth Café

At the end of last year, the Kernow youth café project held its second activity day. The Christmas party saw over twenty young people who enjoyed an elf treasure hunt, snowman challenge and other great activities. Belinda prepared a healthy sausage casserole with sausages donated by Isabelle Rose and the Community Fridge. We also provided packed lunches including pasties from premier pasties. The next activity day is a dance day with Alice on February 19th 11-1pm.

The café also secured a brand-new chest freezer which makes storing donations and batch cooking easier. We also had a huge donation from St Austell Food Bank including over forty tins of baked beans, fifty bags of pasta as well as crisps and biscuits. Not only does this help with providing nutricious meals for over eighty young people a week, its also gives us the capacity to provide food packs for vulnerable people who are independently living.

We are constantly amazed by the generosity of the community who are not just donating food but also board games, art resources and sewing materials. We have had numerous offers of help with cooking and the food donations are still being received weekly. The Young Advisors have begun advertising the project and are developing ideas of other ways the project can help more young people as well as others in need in the community.

Just to let you know after my meeting with St Austell food bank yesterday, we have now in storage over 50 packets of pasta, 35 tins of baked beans, Chopped tomatoes, spaghetti, Lasagna sheets, Biscuits, sweets and crisps. I am also now in contact with the Fare Share programmer with the food bank and we are looking at establishing links with shops in the par and st blazey area. The food bank are really keen to work with us and have a real understanding of the issues faced by young people and vulnerable families.

James Kittow is meeting with in the next few weeks with the aim of sorting out a regular supply of mince, sausage etc and working with the young people.

The community have been donating through the donation bin at Cornubia as well as parents at the centre. We now have enough supply to send home food parcels as and when needed as well which is brilliant. Lets hope 2020 see the project grow even more.

August 2020

The COVID-19 lockdown meant that the centre was closed and staff were furloughed. Reopening at the beginning of the September will mean this vital service will move forward.

Kernow Youth Programmes

SPACE

Young Parents / Mothers 13-25 and their children – Wednesdays 11-2pm

This session provides young parents with some well-deserved space whilst their children are looked after by fully qualified creche workers. The group look at issue-based subjects as well as developing confidence after having a child. And forming great friendships to reduce rural isolation.

Young Women’s Work

Seniors (13-18yr) – Wednesdays 4.30-6.30

Developing independent living skills, alcohol awareness, sexual health awareness and much more. The group also participate in numerous trips out in the wider community including Hangloose at Eden and Ibounce to challenge stereotypes of young women.

Juniors (8-12yr) – Mondays 4.30-6.00pm

Young Women aged 8-12 have taken part in 15 Dance sessions, 2 Circus Skills Workshops, Bullying Awareness Workshops, Friendship Workshops, Healthy Relationships, Online Safety, and environmental awareness workshops.

Young Advisors

Young people (13-24yr) – Weekly for 1.5 hours

This group develop key links with the community through outreach work within the PL24 area, they have supported young people to take part in the Par Carnival, supported young people to take part in 2 taster sessions with Swamp Circus, have supported the development of outreach work in the local community and are currently working on a project to tackle food poverty.

Young Men’s Group

Young men (13-18yr) – Wednesdays 4.30-6.30pm

Tackling current issues such as male depression and suicide as well as looking at alternative adrenalin rushes to reduce substance misuse. The Young Men’s Group have taken part in sexual health sessions including C-Cards, Chlamydia Screening, and understanding consent workshop.

SOAPBOX Group

Young people (13-24yr) – Thursdays 6.00-8.00pm

A group aimed at young people with more individual needs. We promote independent living and help, advice and guidance.  Developing independent living skills, first aid, alcohol awareness and much more. The group also participate in numerous trips out in the wider community.

Respect Project

Project for 13 -19 year olds which focuses on raising young people’s awareness of social justice through informal education  working with more challenging and vulnerable young people who are involved with a range of anti-social behaviour within the community. Youthworkers engage with young people in choices and options encouraging them to engage in a range of positive activities including centre based work, trips out, outreach work etc.

Young people are encouraged to make informed decisions, meet their full potential and inspire through the provision of quality information, advice and guidance and by signposting the young people to range of organisations and partners who can support their more complex needs.