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Youth Worker for Long Stratton

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Hello Long Stratton, I’m Anastasia and I just wanted to introduce myself and my new role as the Youth and Community Development Worker for Long Stratton. 

 

Some of you may recognise me as I live and shop locally and have worked with MTM Youth Services, who deliver youth projects and services to young people within (and beyond) South Norfolk, since 2019, and who are hosting this role on behalf of Long Stratton Town Council.

 

The role of the Youth & Community Worker for Long Stratton is to work with local partners, and especially young people themselves, to develop a range of activities and/or services to promote young people’s social, emotional and physical development, including a safe space to talk and feel heard.  We aim to offer, as a minimum, regular open access sessions for both juniors and seniors (exact age ranges to be confirmed) and additional sessions targeted at areas of specific local need, involving young people as much as possible in identifying, designing and delivery of the provision. 

 

We are also hoping to support young people to get more involved in the work of the town council, and having a say in the development of your community spaces and places.

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It was great to meet some young people, parents and other interested adults who popped in to say hello at the ‘Meet the Youth Workers’ event at the end of February at The Pavilion in Long Stratton during the half-term break.  As the weather was very wet we decided to stay indoors where it was warm and dry and offer a taster of what we could offer as a drop-in ‘Youth Café’.  There was an opportunity to enjoy some creative activities, including badge  making and bead jewellery, whilst chatting and enjoying a fully loaded hot chocolate and snacks.  We also asked young people attending for their views on:

  • Whether setting up a Youth Café at The Pavilion was a good idea?

  • What they’d like to be offered and what equipment was needed?

  • What age ranges it should be offered to and when?

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