WWM have established outreach programmes across a number of services including early years and statutory youth services and community safety.
Engagement with young people
An important part of locating and establishing targeted groups is outreach work to engage young men with the project. The workers go to places within neighbourhoods where young people congregate. They aim to develop relationships with young men within the target group and then work with them on an individual/group basis, developing action plans, providing mentoring support as well as direct help in accessing services.
Our practitioners will also go to youth centres and other services, gather information, e.g. if someone has been asked to leave the club, they will be targeted. They also take referrals from other agencies e.g. from Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Additionally they workers liaise closely with relevant agencies while still being seen as independent. Young men who are disengaged from mainstream youth or employment services are not likely to phone or directly access mainstream providers but through seeing WWM out and about on the streets can develop a relationship that then enables them to start engaging with other agencies who can support them to make changes in their lives. Much of the work is with individuals looking at personal issues affecting their lives and behaviour as well as some positive activities and “Future Life Design”.