Anfield Detached Youth Work Project is part of Merseyside Youth Association. The term “detached” means we do not have a youth club or centre-base. The workers (one fully-qualified B.A. Hons. full- time and three part-qualified, part-time) meet young people on the streets, in parks, cafes, or on street corners around Pinehurst Avenue, Townsend Lane, Priory Road, Utting Avenue and the Pinehurst Estate. We offer a diverse range of informal educational projects, leisure, recreation and new opportunities – including nationally recognised accreditations and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We work with young people aged 11 – 25 years, with priority given to 13 – 19 year olds.
Yes, if we operate in your neighbourhood and if you think you’d enjoy improving your knowledge and skills on a wide range of issues and topics, such as drugs and alcohol awareness; healthy lifestyles; sexual health and relationships; decision-making; consequences of anti-social behaviour and crime, teenage pregnancy; diversity; first aid; improving employability, LFC’s Sweeper Zone, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, etc. etc.
Young people who engage in our curriculum projects are always first in line for day trips, evening trips, residentials, youth exchanges etc. This year, our Summer Programme included day trips to Blackpool Fair and Mountain Biking in Delamere Forest. October half-term will offer evening trips to Deeside Ice Rink and Hallowe’en trips to Farmaggedon. If funding allows, we will take a group to participate in the 2011 Santa Dash, on Sunday, 4th December 2011.
You can register with Anfield Detached by meeting up with the youth workers who walk around the area from 6.00 – 9.00 pm. most evenings. We can arrange meetings if you contact us on: 07866643021 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular meetings with the youth workers will then keep you fully informed of what’s on and when.
Our partners in Liverpool Youth Service offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the next Bronze Award starts on Tuesday, 1st November, 2011 at The Fairfield Centre, Shiel Road, L6 3AA, for 14-24 year olds. The DOE Award Scheme is one of the few programmes where there are cost implications. It is £20 to register and receive the DOE Record Book and the Expedition Section ie camping and orienteering, costs an additional £60. Further details can be obtained directly from The Awards Team on 0151 233-3275.
Our headquarters is The Door, Merseyside Youth Association, Hanover Street, Liverpool. We have a small office-base in St. Columba’s, Pinehurst Road but no facilities for a club or drop-in. If we need to hold meetings or deliver projects, we generally hire rooms locally.
Liverpool City Council, through Liverpool Youth Service. We also receive some funding for our activities’ programme from The Anfield Providers’ Group, which is funded by Plus Dane Housing, Arena Housing etc. and supported by LHT. This means nearly all our programme is free of charge.
We are holding an Anfield-wide Music Hub event on half-term Friday, 17th February for 11-19 year olds at Anfield Sports and Community Centre on Lower Breck Road, Breckside Park, Anfield from 6.00 - 8.30 pm. There will be professional musicians offering taster sessions in DJ-ing, Singing, Guitar and African Drums. Singers are welcome to bring their own backing tracks, if preferred. There's no charge but young people must attend with their youth workers. Anfield Detached youth worker Sue O'Connor is available to accompany some young people to the event. Leave your details with MYA on 702-0700 and she will contact you to arrange to meet at the ASC centre for the event.
The Youth Project works on the street up to 4 nights per week usually Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6.00pm – 9.00pm. However, other programmes will run during these times and at weekends.
- To contact young people through street-based youth work
- To enable young people to fully participate in the decision-making process within the project and local community
- To offer personal and social development through a variety of curriculum and activity programmes
- To encourage young people to reach their full potential by developing their confidence and self-esteem
- To offer opportunities to achieve accreditations and receive certificates to include in Record of Achievement books
The Youth workers mainly contact young people who meet with their friends on the streets of Anfield. However if this does not suit your needs contact the project using the above details and the staff will arrange to meet you
“All young people should have Youth Workers. There’s still boundaries but it’s much better than the rigid structures you get in school. I am so glad I got involved as I might have gone the wrong way otherwise. The Youth Workers have been really positive role models for me.”
“Being on the streets is pretty boring and I would encourage any young person to get involved and benefit the way I have.”
“I have been involved with Anfield Detached since I was 11. The Youth Workers chatted to us regularly and organised trips and activities for us. We were given the chance to learn new skills and I’ve been on workshops for confidence-building, first aid and sex education. At 16, I became a Health Mate and delivered sex education sessions to other young people to help them make more informed decisions.”
“We met lots of new young people and other workers.”
“We did loads of youth work games which taught us about communication, team-work, co-operation, listening, passing on information, diversity and helping others.”
“If I hadn’t gone on this day trip with Anfield Detached, I would’ve just been in bed until about 2.00 in the afternoon.”
“My teacher said I would make nothing of myself and now I’ve gone back to my old school to deliver a session on women’s health.”
“Yes, you have great fun and learn loads”
“When I was experiencing problems at home the youth workers were there to help and support me through these very difficult times. I am now working and live in my own house and feel they helped me along this path”
“That climbing session was great; I’m not scared of heights anymore”
I can’t believe I’ve just been on a youth exchange to Norway, it was fantastic”
“I never thought I would be able to put up tents”
“My teacher said I would make nothing of myself and now I’ve gone back to the school to deliver a session on women’s health”
No, but young people will have to register to access services.