Our Furness based office is situated at Barrow inside The Hub on Cavendish Street. Here our youth worker, Natalia, is making strides in the community.

The Hub in Barrow where we have our office

The aim of our Barrow base is to build and maintain partnerships with key organisations in the area from schools to the Police. Working together we can create and enhance youth services in Furness to make a real difference to the lives of not only local young people and their families, but also our community.

Here are just some of the exciting projects Natalia has been working on:

Working in schools to encourage online safety

Natalia has been working with many of the major secondary schools in the area from Furness Academy to Walney School. Here she has presented our  Be Savy ‘It Won’t Happen To Me’ online safety awareness workshop designed by Brathay Peer Leaders Jonathan and Georgia, to year 7 and 8 classes. This workshop  helps young people raise their awareness of their online presence, how to stay safe online and how to seek support if they are worried

So far 200+ young people have been reached.

I found out how easy it is to be groomed online and how to protect myself from it.

Student from Furness Academy

I enjoyed the session because if any of the things shown happened I would now know what to do.

Student from Walney School

Celebrating the Multicultural History of Furness

Young people filming for our Talking Histories project

In a partnership with Signal Films and the Furness Multicultural Community Forum’s Youth Club, we will be delivering a Heritage Lottery Funded film project called ‘Talking Histories’ in the area.

Young people will learn the technical skills required to record and edit video footage so they can produce a short film celebrating the area’s multicultural past and present. They will also have the chance to interview local people from the Black, Minority and Ethnic community to create oral histories. All of which will be showcased to the public at a special launch event.

Watch this space for more details in the coming months!

Community Youth Engagement Scheme

In partnership with the Police, Natalia will be working with young people who live in the Ormsgill footprint to enhance their engagement and active citizenship in their local community and to forge a stronger connection with the local Police team and key community members.

This programme will contain several school-based youth work sessions co-delivered by a PCSO and Brathay leading to an exciting weekend residential at our Brathay Hall centre in Ambleside in March 2018.

Using the voice of the community to design our Furness offer

Natalia talking with some local young people

Alongside all this Natalia has been consulting with the community, young people, parents and practitioners to better understand what is needed in the area to help us increase our impact.

She has been undertaking focus groups in schools, in the community and at youth groups like the Furness Multicultural Community Forum and Dropzone, as well as utilising online surveys to gain insight.

This will be invaluable to us as we develop what we do and work to enhance youth services in the area.