The Manor Youth Hub has been delivered in partnership with My-Life Project, an urban arts and media company that works with young people. With funding from Places For People’s supply chain partner, Travis Perkins Managed Services (TPMS).
The Manor Youth Hub was created after consultations with young people and local residents highlighted a need for a youth project in the community. With no provisions for a youth group in the area, young people were left to ‘hanging about’ on streets often getting involved with crime and other antisocial behaviours.
The Manor Youth Hub was set up in April 2019 with the aim of engaging young people away from the streets with a range of activities designed to support their education and social development. As well as the usual youth club activities of table tennis, pool and games, attendees have also been able to take part in targeted activities aimed at improving wellbeing, social and informal education and training opportunities.
Working with My-Life Project has meant that the Hub has been able to offer young people arts, crafts and music workshops, cooking and baking activities and homework clubs. These workshops not only provide fun new experiences, but have given 5 young people the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications in the form of Arts Awards as well as providing them with vital skills for later life. They also run interactive discussions and workshops focusing on educating young people on crime and consequence and positive decision making.
To help improve future education and employment opportunities, the hub has given a selection of young people the chance to complete safeguarding training and become volunteers at the Hub. With some now going on to begin Prevent Training to help at risk young people.
In the short time it has been running, the Manor Youth hub has already had a huge impact on local youths, giving them a safe space to speak openly about issues, build positive relationships and develop new skills.
James Lowe, National Account Manager at TPMS said: “We were very happy to support the Manor Youth Hub project. Youth clubs are an important part of the community, giving young people the chance to engage in positive experiences with their peers and gain valuable life skills. The impact this project has had just goes to show how vital these groups are”
Tony Hennon, Homechoice Project Co-ordinator at Places for People said: “We are delighted that Travis Perkins Managed Services support through our Social Levy Fund is able to make a huge difference to the lives of young people on the Manor Estate in Sheffield.
The Youth Club has given many opportunities for young people to have fun and learn about issues affecting their lives. The trips out have been great fun and opened new horizons for many of the young people”