Community: Tavistock

Date Submitted: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:17:53 +0000
Name: Victoria Lloyd
Organisation: Tavistock Youth Cafe C.I.C
Service(s): Children and families
Review(s): Youth service
Asset interested in: No
Service interested in: Yes
Proposal Details: • During our sessions the youth café offered advice and guidance on various issues affecting young people, and has a confidentiality policy of which young people are aware. The services and information available: o Sexual health information o Condom distribution to young people who are registered and approved by trained workers o Drug and alcohol awareness o Healthy Eating advice o Careers advice and information o Accreditations and awards o Volunteering opportunities o Trips and activities We would like to be able to support students who are at risk of failing in school or who have been permanently excluded from school. The Principal of Tavistock College is very anxious to secure local provision for such students since currently they are transported to a base in Totnes for out-of-school provision. This is unsatisfactory for those students to have such a journey to make, as well as proving a huge drain on the school’s resources. We believe that the centre could form a base for the Devon Personalised Learning Service for West Devon, including Okehampton, therefore , which would provide a much more effective resource in every way for students in this area. As well as attracting funds from DPLS, Pupil Premium funding would also be appropriate for suitable provision. We would like to be able to bring in counsellors for YPs. There is a lack of resource to meet the needs of students at Tavistock College and Young Devon are no longer providing this service. We would also like to hold Self Harming support sessions. This has been a key concern during previous sessions at TYC. We have looked into local resource for this issue and found very little available. Young people and families are unable to get this very specific support at the present time. This is a gap that needs to be filled. If our workers/volunteers are able to get preventative and safety training in regards to self harming, this would become sustainable through their knowledge.Ongoing training may be needed and we could look at external funding for that. We would also feel more confident when offering advice and able to refer on if necessary.