National Youth Work Week 2023 takes place from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 November. The theme this year is youth work in every place and space.
The Door, a Stroud-based youth support charity, is celebrating the variety of youth work taking place across the country as well as the specific impactful contribution their team has on young people.
Since opening in Stroud in 1991, The Door has supported hundreds of young people in six youth clubs, six schools, two churches in the Stroud Parish, and out and about in the Stroud and Cotswolds Districts. Motivated by the Christian values of hope, forgiveness and prayer, the charity aims to bring hope into the lives of young people and their families, by unlocking potential and opening opportunity so their past does not define their future.
Victoria Robson is CEO of The Door and a Licensed Reader at Holy Trinity Brimscombe. She says: “Last year, we were so proud to be the first organisation in Gloucestershire to be awarded the Quality Mark by the National Youth Agency in recognition of The Door being a youthwork agency of national standard, aligned to all that the NYA stands for. We are delighted to celebrate all that youth workers across our county do for young people, providing them with safe spaces and being trusted adults which enables young people to achieve their potential.”
Youth Work Week is hosted by the National Youth Agency and aims to raise awareness of the life-changing difference youth workers have on young people aged between 8 – 25 years of age. This year, Youth Work Week is focusing on the breadth of youth work taking place across the country: in youth centres, hospitals, outdoor activity centres, cultural spaces and so much more.
Youth Work Manager at The Door Chris Scorah says: “Youth work all about working with young people to create the conditions where they can thrive – a safe place where they can be the best versions of themselves. Young people so often don’t recognise their own values, talents or giftings. It’s our job as youth workers to provide relentless encouragement, building self-esteem and confidence – to help young people be courageous, develop their character and expand their horizons.”
The Door is on the lookout for people to join their youth work team in both paid and voluntary roles. Find out more at thedoor.org.uk by calling 01453 756745 or finding them on social media @TheDoorStroud
More information about National Youth Week can be found here: nya.org.uk/skills/yww