The principal vehicle for youth work is the voluntary gathering of young people for convivial group interaction with constructive aims: from simply relaxing and communicating, through informal education to the production of art or advocacy outcomes.
The Youth Groups Team has four Youth Workers and a Senior Youth Worker, backed by Community Employment workers, sessional workers and volunteers. Most of the work is in The Reco and St Pappin's.
Each group has a designated leader who is the main contact person for the group and is responsible for programme development & documentation, individual support and follow up.
From 2009 groups work will be mainly organised according to age and time of day: the early afternoon will be dedicated to young people aged 10-12 (in relatively large groups of up to 50, the late afternoon to those aged 13-15 (in smaller clubs of around a dozen) and the evening to young people aged 15+ (generally in open and flexible sessions sometimes with the whole building accessible).
We divide our groups work into four types: youth clubs; activity youth clubs; open activities, and; collaborative youth work. In 2008 about 350 young people participated in BRYR-led or supported groups. Click on any of the 4 categories above to find out more.
Youth groups are the core of BRYR's work: good dymanics, participation, group plans, individual support, active citizenship and celebration are the key themes