ReachOut

 

 

The ReachOut project is funded by The Co-Op Foundation, and focuses on working with young people across Wales who are at risk of experiencing loneliness, social isolation and related negative consequences. Our ReachOut Hubs deliver a programme of activities and support, including bespoke workshops exploring the theme of youth loneliness in Wales.

Following last year’s ReachOut pilot year, we have been successful in securing additional funding from Co-op Foundation to expand the project in 2019-21. ReachOut has been working with a wide range of youth organisations and individuals to educate and empower young people (aged 14-25) around youth loneliness in Wales.
Young people have been participating in creative workshops, as well as developing their own social action projects to address loneliness within their communities. These social action projects are youth lead and run, with the young people identifying something in their communities that is affected by youth loneliness. Last year one hub chose to run an intergenerational tea dance for their social action project, while another created well-being stockings to give to women living in homelessness within their community.

To support our hubs we have created a free toolkit filled with a range of activities and workshops to help young people explore loneliness and plan their social action projects. This toolkit is available in English and Welsh and can be found further into this page where you can download it for free.
The monthly ReachOut workshops are a safe space where young people can take part in a movement to tackle youth loneliness through fun creative activities. Between the workshops there is an opportunity for weekly communication through the ReachOut online platforms: twitter (@youthcymru), facebook (@ycreachout). The project supports young people to develop confidence and self-esteem, reduces social isolation and works to address the stigma of loneliness among young people.

Sounds interesting? Want to get involved? Find your closest hub below…

Mess Up The Mess

46 College Street, Ammanford, SA18 3AF
@MessUpTheMess
http://messupthemess.co.uk/

Newtown Youth Club

County Council County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG
@YouthclubNewtown
www.youth.powys.gov.uk

Crosskeys Youth Centre

Pandy Park, Crosskeys, NP11 7BS
@Youth4u

Reality Theatre Company

Robins Lane Studios, Newport, NP20 1EZ
07557300298
therealitytheatrecompany@gmail.com

During the project we hold ongoing steering group meetings. This meetings are open to all young people and professionals who are interested in tackling youth loneliness in Wales. We discuss the plan, plans moving forward and the up coming events in Spring 2020. Keep your eye out for the next meeting dates below.

Steering group meeting dates;

13th September 2019, 2-4pm
26th November 2019, 4-6pm
10th December 2019, 5-7pm

If you are interested in attending the group please contact Kirstie, her details can be found at the bottom of the page.

Kirstie Edwards

Kirstie Edwards

Project Co-ordinator
01443 827840
@kirstiecymru
kirstie@youthcymru.org.uk
projects@youthcymru.org.uk

Anna Arrieta

Anna Arrieta

Projects and Training Co-ordinator
01443 827840
anna@youthcymru.org.uk
projects@youthcymru.org.uk