Wirral’s detached youth workers are continuing their outreach work engaging and offering advice to young people across the borough as they visit key outdoor spaces.
The Youth Matters team visit hotspot areas, including parks, where young people congregate and are on-hand to chat, offer advice, and share key support services to young people who need it.
Young people are advised to always check the ID of any adults before interacting.
Youth staff can identified a number of ways:
- Staff will be wearing branded youth matters t-shirts/jumpers.
- Staff be carrying an official council identification card, which young people are encouraged to check.
- All staff adhere to social distancing guidelines
Engagement with young people has raised a number of concerns they would like to talk about in confidence – including exam queries, school, and the latest Coronavirus rules. By raising awareness on these issues and more via conversations and small activities, youth workers hope to build trusted relationships and give young people the support they need. Young people will also be offered advice where needed, and will be signposted to online support services and information that they can access at home, if needed.
The team are key in identifying and tackling any potential anti-social behaviour, locations they visit are subject to change as they are based on local intelligence shared by working with partners including the police. Staff post regular updates on locations they are at on their Instagram page: @youthmattersinwirral.
For more information on Wirral’s Youth Matters services, please email [email protected].