Chat and Chill/Drop-in at Felixstowe Academy
Tuesday lunch-times and Wednesdays after school – drop-in at Felixstowe Academy – This is an opportunity to chat with Qualified Youth Workers. You do not need an appointment. This service is open to all students in all years. We are here to support you with information, advice and guidance on a range of health issues. Students age 13-19 can also access the C-Card Scheme and receive advice on sexual health & contraception.
Mentoring has been recognised as an important service provided by Level Two for students at Felixstowe Academy. Young people can self-refer or be referred by a parent/teacher/other agency. The aim of the mentoring is to enable the young person to have a positive outlook on their life. Mentoring sessions are usually once a week, for 6-10 weeks.
Mentoring helps young people at risk of ‘disaffection’ explore the factors that contribute to their well-being and emotional resilience. Youth workers help to find solutions for the concerns and worries that the young person has, and they work together to find ways of resolving them. The benefit to home and school environment is apparent from feedback from school staff, parents and other service providers and the young people themselves.
We offer a drop in at our youth hub for 16-25 year olds. Qualified youth workers are on hand to support young people with writing a cv, applying for benefits, housing and independent living skills, budgeting, work experience opportunities and becoming Ready for work. Information, advice and guidance on a range of issues can be addressed and signposting where necessary.
Level Two have developed their Detached and Outreach Youth Work, going out around the town, villages and seafront to take our services to the young people. Level Two take their minibus out onto the streets to engage with young people and built up relationships and trust with them.
Whilst out on the streets they also use this opportunity to let the young people know about what is going on at the youth hub. Through youth involvement, the young people are able to help identify gaps in service and find out first hand what types of things they would like on offer to them within Felixstowe.
Holiday activities including trips out
With support from grants and charitable giving, Level Two is able to provide activities and sessions during the 12 weeks school holidays. These opportunities are open to all. Check out our website and look at the appropriate booking form for holiday activities on offer. Numbers are usually limited so early booking is advised.
Level Two visits and works with all the 7 Junior Schools in Felixstowe and Trimley to promote our services. We offer taster sessions at the youth hub, prior to offering a weekly session usually after February half-term. These sessions assist young people who are in transition from Junior School to High Schools. We work in partnership with Felixstowe Academy and the 7 local junior schools.
The sessions at the youth hub offer a fun atmosphere where pupils from across the seven primary schools meet together, make new friends some of whom they will be moving up to high school with.
Working with this age group enables Level Two to begin to form trusted relationships enabling us to identify and address anxieties and concerns. This is sometimes due to the complex physiological changes at this time in their lives and in recognition of the earlier sexualised behaviours and exposures they may be experiencing.
The youth hub provides a ‘safe place to be’ for young people and a varied programme of activities. Due to the popularity of these sessions, with increasing high numbers, we have split sessions into age groups. Young people enjoy socialising, participating in creative activities, sport, and engage in one-to-one conversations with qualified youth workers. The young people have also been involved in local fundraising events. A small number of young people also sit on the Town Council Youth Forum. We encourage youth involvement and feedback from the young people to ensure we are meeting their needs.
Boyszone – (School Years 7-11)
Thursdays 6.30–8.00 pm (term time only) – This session has been successfully running, and facilitates a social setting for young males to meet together.
Girlszone – (School Years 7-11)
Tuesdays 6.30-8.00pm (term time only) – This weekly session has been successfully running for a while now and is designed to meet the needs of young females.
Do you need someone to chat with about gender, sexuality, who you feel you are? If so Level Two can put you in contact with like-minded young people with supportive staff and a safe venue. A weekly support session meets locally. Contact Shez Hopkins on 01394-272521 in confidence for more information.
This is a dedicated room at the Level Two Youth Hub addressing different topics where young people can explore and increase their knowledge on a variety of issues. Some of the topics include : Alcohol; smoking; addiction; physical exercise and sport; community involvement; volunteering; sexual health; diversity & equality and Intergenerational Involvement.
The use of creative arts is a powerful tool within youth work to enable young people to express how they are feeling. Level Two have a dedicated creative arts room at the youth hub, which is used not only at the open access sessions but also as part of the mentoring programme. The creative arts room is also widely used for producing materials for our carnival floats and young people are encouraged to take part in the preparation and also the actual carnival processions with the Level Two floats.
Young people can enjoy use of our musical decks/karaoke.
Emma Franks, our Deputy Project Manager co-ordinates family work. We are able to offer support not only the young person, but the wider family. If you are in need of family support please give Emma a call to arrange a meeting to see what we can offer.