Denbighshire Youth Service supports young people aged 11 to 25 years, providing both universal and targeted interventions. Relationships with young people are based on voluntary engagement and underpinned by the five pillars in Youth Work in Wales: Principles & Purposes. It provides a county-wide service using a variety of methods to engage with children and young people such as, centre based provisions run through youth centres and community buildings and outreach and street based projects including street games. We offer bespoke education packages throughout alternative education programmes, including onsite and offsite delivering of accredited courses, qualifications and skill based development projects. We engage with young people from more rural areas through our outreach and detached provision through the rural outreach team and youth mobile bus. We support young people in crisis or who are experiencing more challenging times in their lives through our 1-1 support service.
Youth work has a value base which is grounded in respect for young people and in the principles of inclusion and equal opportunity. Through its voluntary relationship with young people it offers opportunities for learning that are:
Enabling young people to gain the skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values needed for their own personal development and fulfilment and as a means of contributing to society as members of groups and communities, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Encouraging and enabling young people to express their understanding and knowledge and their ideas, opinions, emotions and aspirations through a broad range of creative and often challenging opportunities.
Encouraging and supporting young people to become partners in, and share responsibility for, the opportunities, learning processes and decision-making structures which affect their own and other people's lives and environments.
Enabling young people to develop knowledge, understanding and positive attitudes and behaviour in relation to: racial, social, and cultural identity and diversity; heritage; languages and the value of one's own and other languages; citizenship; respect for other people’s choices.
Equipping young people with the understanding and skills to enable them to exercise their rights including: recognising that all young people have rights and that this implies respecting the rights of others; supporting young people to carry out their responsibilities as citizens and members of their communities; encouraging young people to engage with the personal, social and political issues which affect their lives and the lives of others and to develop qualities of leadership.