Youth Development Team

Boosting confidence and achievement

I got into trouble with the police, mainly because I was bored. Romsey Mill boosted my confidence, helped me get qualifications. Now I’m being educated, getting qualifications, making friends and achieving.

The Youth Development Team:

We are a team of youth workers who love young people and are passionate about supporting them to overcome challenge, live fulfilling lives and inspire change in the world around them.

Who we support:

We work with young people aged 10-21 years who need extra support to overcome challenges in their lives. This is likely to include young people who:

  • Are exposed to difficult home situations.
  • Struggle with mental health issues including self-harm, anxiety and depression. 
  • Have been involved with the criminal justice system.
  • Have issues with drugs or alcohol.
  • Are engaged in anti-social or risky sexual behaviour.
  • Are at risk of exclusion, excluded or disengaged from mainstream education.
  • Are at risk of becoming, or are already, NEET (not in employment, education or training).

What we do:

Our work can broadly be divided into two categories:

  • Commissioned alternative education and early intervention support, including:
    • Pastoral care.
    • Our 'Step-Up' personal and social develoment course (team work, adventurous activities, enterprise, youth culture, healthy relationships and life skills)
    • Accredited courses, such as Arts Awards, home cooking skills and sports leadership.
    • Maths and English support.
    • Primary school group work and transfer support.
  • Community-based, rerlational youth work including:
    • Open-access youth clubs.
    • Creative arts and music studio sessions.
    • Sports projects.
    • Youth leadership programmes.
    • Adventurous activity residentials.
    • Enrichment trips.

For more information about activities, contact Jon Sanders, Youth Development Team Programme Coordinator. You can email us or call Romsey Mill, during normal office hours, on 01223 213162.