YMCA White Rose is a well-established charity, working in Rotherham. Since November 2011 YMCA White Rose has offered youth provision from Myplace, our arts based youth and community centre in the heart of Eastwood. YMCA White Rose seeks to transform communities so that all children and young people (CYP) truly belong, thrive and contribute.
Our vision is to ‘Help Young People to Achieve Their Potential’ and we do that through a range of creative youth work projects, using the arts as a vehicle; inspiring and empowering CYP to increase their emotional resilience and build aspirations for the future.
COOK & EAT YOUTH CLUB
Funding will be used to provide 12 x 2 hour weekly 'Cook & Eat' Sessions facilitated by 2 Youth Workers for Young People aged between 10-19 years. Sessions aim to empower Young People to make positive changes to their eating habits, learn to cook healthy recipes, and gain confidence in the kitchen. Sessions will celebrate diversity and Young Peoples identities by exploring food from different cultures and include time for Young People to socialise and eat together.
The Cook & Eat Sessions will re-engage Young People in the surrounding demographic area to access the YMCA White Rose building. This provides an opportunity for Youth Workers (trusted adults) to provide information, advice & guidance and signposting to Young People. Youth Workers will actively encourage those Young People to access support from daily drop-ins, youth clubs and group work provision to help improve their health and wellbeing.
WHY THIS PROJECT IS NEEDED NOW, MORE THAN EVER
Black, Asian, Minority & Ethnic (BAME) Young People experience social exclusion, marginalisation and isolation, which has been intensified greatly with the Covid-19 pandemic meaning this project is vital now, more than ever. This project aims to proactively reach Roma and Eastern European Young People and other Young People living locally, who will benefit from re-engaging in youth provision within a safe space with Youth Workers (trusted adults).
Feedback from the UK Youth Movement predicts that the impact on young people will include the following, ranked by order of importance. Published by UK Youth’s 'The impact of COVID-19 on young people & the youth sector report':
1. Increased mental health or wellbeing concerns
2. Increased loneliness and isolation
3. Lack of safe space – including not being able to access their youth club/ service and lack of safe spaces at home
4. Challenging family relationships
5. Lack of trusted relationships or someone to turn to
6. Increased social media or online pressure
7. Higher risk for engaging in gangs, substance misuse, carrying weapons or other harmful practices
8. Higher risk for sexual exploitation or grooming
We have suspended all Youth Work provision from our Youth Centre and currently out in the community doing outreach and detached to engage with Young People. Cook & Eat Sessions will be an important opportunity to invite smaller groups of Youth People to re-engage within a safe and controlled environment.
YOUNG PEOPLE & PREVIOUS COOKING SESSIONS
Young People have previously enjoyed cooking sessions within our Youth Club pre-Covid-19 pandemic and have shared traditional recipes, made healthy versions of their favourite foods and learned important skills and knowledge to share with their families. Young People always ask to cook & bake in their youth club sessions, so we're confident that they'll be excited to get back together to cook & eat!