This week marks Youth Work Week 2023 in the United Kingdom, which AFC Fylde Community Foundation are proud to celebrate, through supporting young people across the Fylde borough.
The Foundation provides programmes outside of school provision for youngsters all of all ages living locally, offering varied opportunities to get involved.
The Foundation have provided over 300 hours of free sessions supporting local issues for youngsters.
The National Youth Agency's Youth Work Week is an annual celebration of youth work across the UK and highlights the positive impact youth work has on young people, with this year’s theme being ‘youth work in every place and space.’
Through the support of our funders and partners including Fylde Council and Lancashire County Council, the Foundation is able to offer youth provision to children aged six to 16-years-old, as well as specialist provision for children living with a disability.
We have been assisting Lancashire Police with the delivery of weekly boxing diversionary sessions at Adam Little Boxing Gym, Kirkham, which has included two separate groups learning a new sport and making new friends.
Sessions are free and open to youngsters aged between 11-16 years-old across Fylde, as a part of Operation Centurion, Lancashire Police’s campaign to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour locally.
The Foundation are pleased to be working alongside our local Police to support young people living in the community through the boxing sessions.
We also deliver the Champions Project, funded by Lancashire Violence Reduction Network.
The Champions project has helped over 400 local young people reach their potential since 2020, and we are proud to get involved and support our community in the Fylde borough.
On the project, young people will learn how to develop their self-esteem, all whilst being mentored.
As well as the above, we are proud to partner alongside Lancashire County Council to deliver youth provision to youngsters in Fylde aged up to 19-years-old.
These include family fun and activity days, engaging with the next generation of our local community.
We also support young people with disabilities.
Just Join In is a multi-sports project open to children who are living with a disability, taking place on Fridays at Fylde Sports and Education Centre.
The sessions offer a range of sports and activities delivered by qualified and experienced coaches, as well as the opportunity to make new friends, grow confidence and take part in local competitions.
Daisy Sheridan, Champions Project Co-ordinator at AFC Fylde Community Foundation, said: “As a Foundation, we are pleased to show our support Youth Work Week.
“It’s important that we celebrate young people in our community and give them the best chance to further themselves.”