THE WELL

The Well Youth Drop-In began in September 2018 and has since impacted over 130 individual young peoples lives by providing a safe, fun place to go after school and have supportive adults they can turn to.

In the first two years, The Well went from being open one day per week to two, and the vision is to increase this over time to a five-day-a-week offering for young people.

Our offering to local young people continues through-out the pandemic each week with activities and support online.

Monday is our Mental Health Matters day where we check-in with young people and share helpful and practical things to help them care for their mental well-being. Wednesdays there is streamed Gaming Online. Thursdays, we have our Academic Support on Zoom for young people who’d like help from tutors and teachers or others to work alongside. And throughout the week there are fun challenge videos, Instagram live chats, quizzes and news updates.

VISION, MISSION AND VALUES

Our Vision

We want to see young people being part of something bigger than themselves and be positively transformed by having a safe haven to belong, be known and be supported. 

Our Mission

We will do this by welcoming all young people through our doors, creating spaces that are relaxed, homely and friendly; Understanding their needs, we will create co-produced projects with young people, giving them the skills and opportunities needed to develop into thriving adults.

Our Core Values

  • Consistency and open access – Open five days a week to any young person, providing a consistent core team of youth workers and volunteers available to support young people, building long-term relationships.
  • Home away from home – a welcoming environment with a more informal structure to sessions with refreshments available to young people
  • Co-Design – Opportunities for young people, alongside youth workers to co-design sessions and projects that respond to their needs, skills and interests
  • Lasting positive change – Creating leadership opportunities, to cultivate confidence and give young people practical experiences in preparation for adulthood
  • Recognising the Individual – Being flexible in our approach to supporting each young person based on their individual needs and aspirations

THE PROJECT

The aims of the project are to:

  • Build  young people’s self esteem and confidence
  • Provide a supportive learning environment for them to develop existing and new skills.
  • Provide support and guidance for young people in order for them to cope and manage the stresses and issues they are facing.
  • Develop and widen young people’s horizons and sense of responsibility for their self and community

Our facilities have huge potential, but hold us back in many ways.

  • There is no roof insulation, and the heating is not effective and loud
  • The windows are very old, broken in places and have an poor secondary glazing.
  • The kitchen is not fitted for any catering, with no oven, no hob, and a toilet leading off of the food-preparation area.
  • The toilets are not accessible for wheelchair users, and are not inclusive.
  • The room configuration is unhelpful, with a whole room of wasted space next to the kitchen which is perfect for a small eating/café space.
  • The flooring is old with a stained carpet, which is not inviting or aesthetically pleasing

WHY THE PROJECT IS IMPORTANT

These upgrades would make a massive impact to the work The Well is doing in coming alongside and supporting young people.

It would transform our building to be welcoming, homely and somewhere desirable for young people feel comfortable in.