A community development model of youth work underpins Poppintree Youth Project’s informal educational and developmental programmes. The work is informative, challenging, innovative and creative and provides opportunities for the personal, social and analytical development of the young people who voluntarily participate. The methodologies are informed by evidence and are progressive.
Poppintree Youth Project is dedicated to the provision of quality youth work supervised by professional management practice. The youth workers are qualified and competent in establishing and maintaining effective youth work relationships. The youth work relationships developed promote open and values honest dialogue and trusting respectful communication.
The integrity of the youth work relationship is central to the engagement of young people as partners. It ensures their involvement in the planning, implementation and evaluation of our programmes and the decision-making structures within the Project.
Poppintree Youth Project by being responsive to diverse needs is flexible and promotes the strengths of young people. It places emphasis on raising young people’s awareness of their own and others life circumstances by developing critical consciousness, promoting equality and equity of outcomes. Through the use of anti-oppressive practices it challenges sexism, racism and all other forms of discrimination.
The well being of young people is paramount within all of PYP programmes and activities. They are monitored on an on-going basis to ensure compliance with all relevant safeguarding legislation and good practice guidelines.
While our programmes and activities are provided in a supportive, safe and healthy environment, they also seek to challenge and encourage young people to move out of their comfort zones.
Poppintree Youth Project values its links with the wider community. It actively fosters links with parents/guardians, community networks and events. This contributes to the community youth work and community development ethos of the Project.
Poppintree Youth Project’s programme initiatives are evidence informed, have a clearly defined rationale. They seek to provide new opportunities and challenges, develop new skills, and ultimately give young people the space to develop confidence, esteem and a critical consciousness.