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Dudley Youth Service builds a positive relationships with young people aged 11 to 19 (up to 25 for young people with a disability) in order to develop their personal and social skills. At the heart of our service is the voluntary involvement of young people whether they attend a group we run or are supported via our early help case work.

Universal and Targeted Youth Work

Youth Service provision is via two clearly identified key areas of work – Universal and Targeted.

Universal youth work focuses delivery on identified national and local needs. Young people’s involvement in decision making will be encouraged and supported.  

Universal provision is delivered by the local voluntary sector and faith organisations. If you are interested in how to start a voluntary youth club the Youth Service can offer advice and support, please contact the main office on 01384 815174.

Area Teams

The Youth Service has the following youth centres:

  • The Source Youth Centre, Wordsley, Brierley Hill - 01384 813967
  • Meadow Rd Youth Centre, Castle and Priory, Dudley Central - 01384 818240
  • Coseley Youth Centre, Coseley East, Dudley North - 01384 813922
  • Lower Gornal Youth Centre, Lower Gornal, Dudley North - 01384 813947

Provide a central network point for other clubs and youth projects enabling young people to access a wide scope of leisure and informal education activities.

Programmes include holiday provision, information advice and guidance on a number of issues such as sexual health and substance misuse, opportunities to take part in sports and other activities and access to a variety of alternative accreditation's including Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

All the above is offered within a safe and welcoming environment that works with young people.

If you would like to enquire about booking a youth centre please contact the main office on 01384 815174.

Detached

Trained youth workers aim to engage with young people on the streets and in public spaces such as parks.

Locations and projects often focus around areas identified as experiencing anti social behaviour, child sexual exploitation issues and young people are encouraged to participate in a range of positive activities.

We work alongside a range of partners who will include the Police and Park Rangers.

The document below can be used to request detached youth work support in an identified area.

If you would like to find out more please contact the service on 01384 815173.

Training & Development Opportunities for Young People

Dudley Youth Service aims to offer young people a range of accredited training opportunities to support them to be actively involved in decision-making and service development.

Next Generation

This is an OCN Level 1 accredited course offered to 16-19 year olds who are interested in finding out more about youth work.

Recruitment and Selection

This training is offered to 13-19 year olds who would like to be actively involved in the recruitment and selection of staff both full and part time who are required to work with children and young people.

Youth leadership training

This training is for any young people aged 11-19 who would like to become more actively involved in their local communities and develop their skills and understanding of leadership as well as local decision-making.

Accreditation's

Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE)

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24. Within Dudley there are a variety of groups – open, school based or attached to a uniformed group ie scouts, ATC.

There are three levels Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential), see documents section at the bottom of this page.

You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).

Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Your school or college may have a DofE group you could join. If not or they are full then there are voluntary groups. To find out about these or if you require any further information please contact the Duke of Edinburgh Admin team on 01384 815094/818937 - lesley.bossons@dudley.gov.uk or michael.fantham@dudley.gov.uk

Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN)

ASDAN Short courses are designed to give flexible access to certificate a wide range of activities that can take place in schools, colleges, youth centres, informal education, referral units and training provision. There are no age restrictions for the Short Course Awards, although the main focus is on the 13-19 age groups. The Short Course Awards are straightforward to achieve and there is minimum paperwork, both for the participants and their award supervisors. Participants work from an Awards record book, which contains a choice of challenges. In general, challenges are completed over 30 hours or 60 hours, which corresponds to three or six credits (10 hours = one credit). A Portfolio of Evidence is collated containing evidence of planning and reviewing, a summary of key skill development, a record of progress and pieces of evidence for each challenge. After internal moderation the award supervisor submits a list of successful candidates’ names to ASDAN, who then issue certificates to the centre.

The Bronze Award is a preparatory level award that provides an introduction and stepping stone to achieving the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE). This section is designed to support centres in accessing the Bronze Award and in gaining Bronze Award certification from the CoPE student book, as a preparation for progressing to the full CoPE qualification.

Castle Award

The Castle Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the person and social development of young people aged 12 – 14 and 25 years plus. The Castle Award is based upon The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and all subject matter and learning outcomes will be exactly the same

Want to know more?

To find out more about the CASTLE Award contact the The Duke of Edinburgh Admin team 01384 815094/818937 or email lesley.bossons@dudley.gov.uk / michael.fantham@dudley.gov.uk

Youth Voice

Dudley Youth Service works with young people to get their views across to people in power in a supported way. This involves providing development opportunities to enable young people to actively participate in policy and decision-making and service development.

The work we do involves a range of different initiatives from a local level to a national level and provides young people with a range of opportunities to develop their skills and understanding of democracy and decision making processes.

We support and promote where young people can make their views known about issues they feel are important as well as develop their confidence and skills.

Dudley Youth Council (DYC)

This youth council was set up in 1997 and is funded and supported by the Youth Service. DYC is a group of young people aged 11-18 (and up to 25 for those with a disability) who work to improve things for all young people in the borough.

DYC provides the Council and other organisations with the opportunity to work with young people on borough wide policies as well as offering the young people a forum to discuss issues which affect them and other young people.

Young people are elected onto this group across the borough on a yearly basis in February.

Dudley Youth Council

UK Youth Parliament

UKYP allows young people to work alongside MP's and Councillors. Dudley signed up to UKYP in 2000 and so far has been a great success.

Every other year a vote is held to elect 2 Members of Youth Parliament who then go on to represent all young people in Dudley at the West Midlands Youth Parliament.

In 2017, over 6,400 young people voted from across the borough for their representatives.

The current MYPs are James Callaghan and Jade Durnall.

If you are interested in getting involved with DYC or UKYP please contact:

Siobhan Lloyd, Youth Participation Officer on 01384 818026/ 07773 960401 or siobhan.lloyd@dudley.gov.uk

Children in Care Council - Make A Difference

The Children in Care Council in Dudley is called Make a Difference and supports young people in care to have a say on issues that matter to them.

The group members are all looked after children / young people aged 11-18 who meet every two weeks to discuss topics they feel are important, and to provide an opportunity to get their views heard by adult decision makers.

We do lots of different things which include:

  • Write and send newsletters, updates and questionnaires to young people
  • Represent young people’s views on issues that affect their lives
  • Organise events for young people in care so they can have their say
  • Designing a website for looked after young people
  • Work with other organisations to make sure looked after young people’s voices are heard
  • Have regular activities to celebrate our work
  • Attend events in the West Midlands and elsewhere in the country too
  • Have FUN!!

Children in Care

Care Leavers Forum

The Care Leavers Forum is open to people aged 16+ who are leaving care in Dudley and provides them with the chance to have a say in the way services are provided. The project is committed to enabling care leavers to participate in decision making processes in order to inform and improve services for all care leavers.

If you are looked after or a care leaver and are interested in getting involved please contact Darren Foley (Participation Officer - Children Looked After / Care Leavers) 01384 815172 / 07827 836969 or darren.foley@dudley.gov.uk.