Programmes and Specialist Delivery
How do we deliver Engagement and Participation work?
We deliver through group work interventions in schools and in the community, we also facilitate various events this includes:
The Hub Sessions aim to provide a safe place where young people can express themselves through arts and activities, or just by being able to talk openly with peers and trusted adults. These sessions also help young people to develop important personal and interpersonal skills.
Safe & Well is a 6 week specialist programme that is run by the team in various schools across the borough. The programme focuses on building resilience in students from Years 5 – 9 alongside helping them spot and understand risky situations within their communities. Safe & Well tackles a wide range of issues that this generation of young people face on a day-to-day basis. The programme consists of a number of thought-provoking and engaging activities, which encourage and enable young people to voice their opinions and concerns.
The Community league football sessions are geographically situated in Selhurst Ward, which is one of the most deprived wards in the borough. The football sessions are delivered in partnership with Crystal Palace Football League. These sessions are free and accessible to various football groups across the borough. Attendees from all cultures and backgrounds reflect the Borough’s population of children and young people.
The Takeover Challenge is a First News Live and Children’s Commissioner initiative, which takes place annually which gives children and young people an opportunity to take over organisations for the day and gives them an opportunity to step into real-life decision-making positions. Children gain a valuable insight and gain experience of a workplace, while organisations benefit from a fresh perspective on their work.
The Good Citizenship Award is an annual gala ceremony, in present of the Mayor of Croydon that aims to recognise selected year 6 pupil’s development in caring for others in their community, an act of random kindness, or to support those young people that may need encouragement to refocus behaviour.
The Young Croydon 12 Month Events Calendar aims to provide children and young people with a range of activities that are available in Croydon. The calendar can be located on the Young Croydon website with references made on Instagram and twitter..
Who will deliver these sessions?
- A minimum of Two staff on all school sessions
- A minimum of five staff on all hub sessions
- A minimum of three staff at the community league venue
- A minimum of two members of staff delivering the Good Citizenship Award assemblies
When & where?
School Sessions Safe & Well Programme
- Term time only, throughout the week for 6 weeks (various primary & secondary schools across the borough)
- Every Tuesday (4pm – 7pm) at Goldcrest Youth Centre CR0 0PL
- Every Wednesday (4pm – 7pm) at Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Centre SE25 6XX
- Every Thursday (6-8pm) at Selhurst Sports Arena, Astro Turf, 64 Dagnall Park, London, SE25 6NS
- Is an annual event which takes place in November
Good Citizenship Award
- Is an annual event which takes place in April
Tasking/targeting the work
All young people who live in Croydon, aged 11-16 can attend The Hub Session’s and get involved in a variety of activities.
The Safe and Well Programme
The Safe and Well Programme is a 6 week programme that is facilitated by Youth Workers in school. The young people who attend the programme are students from years 5 – 9 that have been identified by their school as meeting the following criteria:
- at least one fixed term exclusion or are approaching this
- displaying ASB in the local community and/or school
- have been affected by knife crime
- family members’ involvement in gang activity
- risk of being groomed
- carrying knives
- making risky decisions
Good Citizenship Award
- Working with schools to identify year 6 students that may need support with their transition to secondary school
- Recognising and rewarding the personal and social development of young people as they take an active role in their communities
- Young people have a voice in order to make decisions that affect them, and encourages them to exercise that right
- Borough-wide by offering a range of exciting one-day placements where young people can make a positive difference in Croydon
- Young people can learn new skills, grow their social capital, make new friends and learn about how organisations work
- Young people will a unique insight to local services and be able to make a meaningful impact on key services in Croydon
- Community league provides a safe and inclusive platform to explore issues that young people face whilst providing learning opportunities for those young people in attendance
- Building positive links between young people, the local community and the police
- Internal and external partners deliver sprint sessions that allow young people to access services, information, in addition to signposting young people to appropriate agencies
Children, young people and their families enjoy greater independence & financial stability
- Improved access to local universal and community services
- Improved social networks & sense of community
Children and young people enjoy improved educational achievement
- Successful transition into school / training / employment
- Skills, interests and hobbies developed
Children and young people enjoy physical wellbeing
- Children, young people and their parents are healthy and well
- Children and young people active and enjoying recreational activities
- Healthy relationships and less risky behaviour
Services are more responsive and consistent
- Needs identified and early help in place for those in need
- Children & young people are safe and protected from harm
- Strength based services