Youth Options delivers a range of open access services including youth clubs, detached youth work and open access play sessions.
Our aim is to provide a safe environment where young people have access to informal learning opportunities and information and guidance around a whole range of issues meaning that they are better informed about life choices and the opportunities that are available to them.
Detached Youth Work
Detached Youth Work involves making contact with young people in their own territory and exploring their needs, building relationships with them and providing support. Participation is voluntary and engagement is on the terms of the young people.
Our teams operate across designated areas specifically targeting hot spots as identified by partner organisations including the council, local businesses and the Police. Our aim is to support young people to address the issues they are facing, reduce instances of anti-social behaviour, and work towards creating happier, safer communities.
Support is offered through discussion and activities and can include:
- Sports and games
- Arts and crafts
- Life skills workshops
- Information, advice and guidance
The majority of our mobile projects run late afternoon, when many young people are leaving school, and into the evening when young people often congregate in local areas where they are perceived to be problematic. This service is also ideal for school holidays when there are more young people about, often with nothing to do.
Centre Based Youth Work is delivered from a specific venue where young people are able to participate in a range of activities in a safe environment. Activities are designed to support young people’s social and emotional development.
Where We Work
We currently offer mobile and centre based support across Southampton and in Burseldon, Hamble and Hound.