Drop-in at Felixstowe Academy
Find us in the atrium 2:50pm every Wednesday at Felixstowe Academy – Pop along to say hello and have a chat with Youth Workers. 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 issues.
Mentoring offers young people the opportunity to have 1-1 time with a youth worker in which they can share worries, concerns, or look at any issues they are currently facing. It is very much focused on the young person and can be a fun, exciting journey, enjoying activities such as cooking, playing pool, art work, games, walking, sports, or simply just having a chat. Young people can self-refer or be referred by a parent/teacher/other agency. Mentoring sessions are usually once a week, for 8-12 weeks.
We offer a drop in at our youth hub for 16-25 year olds. Young people can pop in at the hub any time Monday – Friday between 10am – 3pm, where there will be youth workers to talk to. We can support with writing a cv, applying for benefits, housing and independent living skills, budgeting, work experience opportunities and becoming ready for work. Young people up to age 24 can also access the C-Card scheme. 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. We often take our minibus out onto the streets to engage with young people and families, so if you do see us come over and say hello.
Whilst out and about we use this opportunity to let the young people know about what is going on at the youth hub and various activities coming up, as well as supporting them with issues they wish to discuss.
With support from grants and charitable giving, Level Two is able to provide activities and sessions during the 12 weeks school holidays and the occasional weekend. These opportunities are open to all young people in year 6 and above. Check out our website for holiday activities on offer. Numbers are usually limited so early booking is advised.
Level Two visits and works with Junior Schools in Felixstowe and Trimley, working with young people age 7-11. Young people in year 6 can come along to the Girls Group session and Boyszone session as well as holiday activities. These sessions provide a fun atmosphere where young people get the chance to meet others who will be going up to high school, hopefully making that transition a little easier.
The youth hub provides a ‘safe place to be’ for young people, where you can enjoy various activities with young people your age. You can come for 10 minutes or stay for the whole session, you can come and go as you please and you don’t have to ‘join’ or attend every week. Enjoy socialising, participating in creative activities, sport, using computers, and engaging in one-to-one conversations with youth workers. There is no cost for this session but there is a tuck shop so bring some money if you want a snack.
Boyszone – (School Years 6-11)
Thursdays 4pm-5:30pm (term time only) – This session has been successfully running, and facilitates a social setting for boys to meet together without the girls!
Girlszone – (School Years 6-11)
Tuesdays 4pm-5:30pm (term time only) – This weekly session has been successfully running for a while now and is designed to let the girls have their time without the boys!
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. A weekly support session meets locally. Contact Shez Hopkins on 01394-272521 in confidence for more information.
In all sessions we address various 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.
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 fantastic art room, which is used not only at the open access sessions but also as part of the mentoring programme.