Future and Escape are age-specific sessions offering a mix of time out with friends as well as opportunities for discussing current youth issues and volunteering.
Our Future group is aimed at young people aged 11-14 years old (School Years 7, 8 & 9) who are looking for a safe fun place to create new friendships and be themselves. For those joining Year 7, school can be a little daunting, with the constant worry of "fitting in". That isn't a worry at The King's Arms; we celebrate people's differences and shine a light on their achievements - big or small.
The Future sessions are run on a Tuesday evening during term time and tend to be more structured than the After-School time slot, as the young people would typically stay for the whole time. That means more group activities and 90 minutes of King's Arms fun!
Our Escape group is aimed at young people aged 14-16 years old (School Years 10 and 11) who want to explore and discuss youth issues whilst learning new skills and developing themselves as Junior Volunteers. The sessions are more structured giving the young people a sense of ownership and responsibility for the project.
These Friday night sessions last for 90 minutes, rotating through 3 topics - Junior Volunteers, Youth Voice, and Being Social.
The Junior volunteers sessions give the Escape group a real purpose; we develop the young people's skills and provide them with knowledge, empowering them in becoming an amazing Junior Volunteer and Ambassador for The King's Arms. They then cement these skills by volunteering at one of our After-School or evening clubs with the younger age range. It's a great addition to their CV or college/university application going forward.
Youth Voice - gives young people the opportunity to discuss what is important to them right now. We expect there might be many discussions around COVID, from school, exams and their future hopes to how to socialise and have fun following the guidelines. We'll also be discussing other topics, such as the environment and social media. This is a time dictated by the young people, so they will be driving the topics.
And lastly, but in no way least, "Being Social" is about having fun and building friendships whilst doing something social such as a quiz night or themed evening.
Our Youth Workers are also on hand to provide support and a listening ear to any young person. Maybe you would like to discuss something that is happening in your life at the moment.
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Our Youth Workers are available each weekday from 3.30-4.15pm to chat with young people on a 1:1 basis. During this time, just click the red "Let's Chat" button in the bottom right of your screen.
Maybe you're worried about school, or struggling with current issues, or maybe you just want a different someone to talk to, we’re still here for you.