At the core of our work are the Open Access sessions that we run weekly. Young people from age 8 can drop in and join us for 2 hours of fun, chat, support, advice, activities and generally have a nice time! These are currently only happening in line with current legislation, see social media for updates
Our family worker can help parents and carers with things like behaviour, attendance at school, transitions and signposting to appropriate services, she is also a fabulous listening ear. She also co-ordinates the ‘No Child Goes Hungry’ campaign for us, which supports families at risk of food poverty. She is at the centre 4 days a week and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Every person is an individual, so our support is tailored and is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We run small groups to support Young Carers, we also offer a Multisport and Nutrition Group for a small group of invited participants.
We can also offer bespoke support to cover all sorts of topics, such as Social and emotional skills, Confidence, Transition
Due to the corona virus pandemic our timetable and services have been adapted so they can be accessed safely. The centre is open but only booked appointments and zoom groups are going ahead. Please follow our social media for updates and current information at this unsettled time.
The Swan Youth Project is based in a lovely old school building in Downham Market, Norfolk. We are a registered charity, no. 1143957. We support young people between 8 – 18 years of age with a variety of activities, groups and courses. Our Open Access sessions are at the core of what we do, with everything else holistically growing from these. We listen to our young people and move forward with their input and fabulous ideas.
We work to create appropriate settings that facilitate the growth and development of the children and young people from our area and beyond.
1. We will provide a safe place for young people to spend time with their peers.
2. Provide activities that will enhance the lives of the young people whom attend the groups.
3. Provide unbiased and on the spot support and information for the young people whom attend the groups.
4. Provide educational activities to complement the work that young people are doing within their school curriculum
5. Provide health activities to support the health physical psychological and mental wellbeing of young people
Anna has been at the centre since 2018 and has many years experience of working with young people and families both in Norfolk and Bedfordshire. She originally trained as a dance teacher and has always been focused on working within the community. She has since gained qualifications in mental health and parental support and is an Assessor. She is also trained as a Family Group Conference Co-Ordinator. Anna is the project safeguarding lead.
Rhi started as a volunteer with the project and is now employed as a Senior Youth Worker. She has completed her level 3 in Youth Work and loves reading up all about the teen brain and it's amazing development..
Rhi delivers our Open Access sessions, group work and also 1:1's. She uses a 'person centred' approach in her work and is a loyal champion for young people within the town. Rhi also delivers our C-card scheme at the centre.
Sonja has recently joined us and has a wealth of experience to bring to the role. She spent many years working at then managing a local pre-school, which involved working closely with and supporting the parents. She also has 2 teenage boys! Sonja welcomes families and young carers to access her support on a weekly basis.
Stephanie spent many years running her own business. She is here one day a week and plays a very important part in the running of the centre. She is queen of spreadsheets and deals with all manner or things from registers to paying bills, to funding. Steph keeps us in line with our spending!
Adelia started her career as a children's entertainer and she has been a Youth Worker for almost 5 years. She loves painting, arts and crafts, dancing, yoga and all sorts of games. She loves Open Access youth groups because it's an open and free space for children to play, learn, explore, share and socialise with other children in a relaxed and fun way.
We have a few trusty volunteers who support us with group work, paperwork and looking after the centre. All of our volunteers go through a full recruitment process and are DBS checked annually, in line with all paid staff.
James was born and reared at Stradsett, West Norfolk. Sent to London to earn a living, he returned to be High Sheriff of Norfolk. Have since walked a few miles for Carers Charities. James says, 'It’s time to ensure that all young people in and around Downham have the sort of love and support I have been so lucky to enjoy.'