The Place is an organisation with a long history of delivering youth work in Alness.
The organisation has faced many challenges and changes in the past year, being evicted from the local youth club facility and having to redefine themselves and create a new vision for the organisation.
Before lockdown youth workers were working with local young people to develop new projects and activity programmes.
The place has a strong management committee with trustees bringing a range of experience and skills.
Youth work activities are delivered by a team of 6 youth workers, including some who started their relationship with the organisations as young people.
During lockdown 2 members of The Place staff have helped to organise and carry out emergency response alongside other local organisations and community members.
Youth highland has supported The Place to check their constitution and policies to ensure they could deliver emergency community response.
During lockdown members of the girl’s group have been involved in planning and delivering a lockdown outreach project. They chose and packed items to go out in goody bags for local teenagers and organised delivery. Each bag contained small treats including hygiene products and an information sheet which gave info and guidance on self care and emotional wellbeing during lockdown.
The Place will continue to face challenges after lockdown. There are many questions to be considered about youth work – how can youth workers continue to support young people with social and emotional wellbeing whilst promoting and enforcing physical distancing?
Ironically, the lack of a youth centre may be a blessing for The Place who are now considering ways that they can continue to offer support using outreach, street work and outdoor learning to engage with local young people.
Listening to the needs of local young people and involving them in developing a new vision for The Place will be at the heart of The Places work in coming months.
We look forward to supporting the organisation plan and deliver best possible outcomes for the towns young people in collaboration with the wider Voluntary Youth Network.
Find out more about what The Place has been up to by following their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ThePlaceYouthClub