What is InteGr8?
InteGr8 is a “Street Based” youth work project known as Detached Youth Work. Detached means that the project is not linked to any particular service, we don’t ask people to sign up to a group, or attend a club or a service or anything . We offer a completely confidential, professional service for young people to just meet up, hang out and chat wherever young people are. Anything we discuss is confidential so we won’t be telling the Police, schools or anyone what we talk about (unless there’s a safeguarding matter where someone is at risk of harm). InteGr8 is funded by the Somerset Community Foundation’s, Hinkley Point C Community Fund.
We focus on positively engaging young people, developing trust. We aim to prevent additional pressure on existing services by supporting individuals with low level needs. We aim to reduce vulnerability, increase self esteem, provide informal education around issues affecting young people including sexual health, meaningful relationships, substance use, exploitation etc. We aim to raise aspirations, raise resilience and improve emotional health. Becoming empowered to effectively manage their emotional health and welbeing, to access support when required.
InteGr8 aims to enable young people to feel valued by their communities, to connect with their communities and contribute positively. Youth workers can advocate for young people and .
Who’s InteGr8 for?
Detached youth work positively engages with all young people, many that may not access other activities or services, perhaps because they don’t feel able (confident or accepted) or just choose not to.
Many young people that we meet are “disengaged” from their communities, they don’t feel like they “fit in” maybe they struggle in school or at home? Disengaged young people are often more vulnerable and at risk of being exploited – Taken advantage of unfairly. We will chat with anyone about anything, we may not have all the answers we will listen and support. We know young people have concerns such as, relationships, sexual exploitation, involvement in anti social behaviour, offending, social exclusion, feeling marginalised (not belonging) homelessness, developing emotional and mental health worries, use of substances and engaging in worrying relationships. We can talk about anything and even support someone to attend appointments should they like.
Where can I meet the InteGr8 youth workers?
Our Detached Youth Workers are in Sedgemoor and Taunton areas. We meet young people in their communities, in the parks, on the estates… Wherever young people choose to be. We are also available to offer further individual or group support during days (possibly arrange to meet in schools). We provide support with anything that’s concerning. It’s completely confidential but we may encourage and support young people to access other specialist support or advice services where appropriate.
We are keen to work with other professionals and organisations and councils. If you want to discuss how we can deliver “Detached Youth Work” in your community please get in touch.