Dumfries and Galloway Council's Youth Work Service is an integral part of Our Council's Communities Directorate, and operates under 5 overarching service priorities: Community Based Youth Work; Youth Work in Schools; Youth Democracy & Participation; Wider Achievement and Accreditation and lastly support to and collaboration with the Third Sector.
The Youth Work Service works with young people aged 12-25 to provide a range of universal and targeted opportunities across Dumfries and Galloway for young people to get involved in. We deliver a range of projects, programmes and services across our region to broaden young people's horizons, and to aid in their personal and social development to name a few.
The types of programmes and services we offer include:
Youth groups and clubs
We offer a variety of after groups and clubs available after school, evenings and weekends.
These are available both in and out of school.
We run a range of varied and exciting programmes during the school holidays for young people aged 11-25 in towns and villages across Dumfries & Galloway.
One-to-one support is available to young people who are going through a difficult time in their lives or need help with a specific issue. Youth work staff are experienced and trained to offer support, advice, and guidance. Where appropriate, young people will be sign-posted to another service who can provide specialist support.
Issue-based youth work
We deliver a range of issue-based programmes and sessions through our community-based youth work. These include: sexual health; relationships; body image and confidence.
C4U Youth information
C4U is Dumfries and Galloway's 'c' card scheme that provides free condoms for young people aged 14-19. It is a friendly non-judgmental confidential service.
We plan and organise many events in our region including Youth Beatz, which is the UK's largest free music festival for young people. We also organise local and regional awards ceremonies in order to celebrate and recognise the talents and achievements of our young people.
Support to and Collaboration with the Third Sector
We also provide training, support and development opportunities to Third Sector organisations across the region, who work with young people in relation to youth work outcomes. We also where possible deliver. The development and support we provide has allowed us to set up a network for youth work organisations where we can jointly plan and deliver on outcomes for young people.
Youth Work bases
We deliver youth work across the region in variety of locations including community buildings and schools. We also have our own youth bases:
- The Oasis Youth Centre in Dumfries
- The Youth Enquiry Service in Dumfries
- The Youth Base, Douglas Ewart High School
- Kaos Café, Wigtown County Buildings
- Agnew Park, Stranraer
- Lockerbie Youth Room, Town Hall
- Gretna Youth Room, Richard Greenhow Centre
Youth Enquiry Service (YES)
The Youth Enquiry Service based in Dumfries, is a youth centre for young people aged 12-25. The service provides a wide range of issue-based groups and opportunities, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions. It provides young people with the chance to meet new people, make new friends and gain more opportunities and experiences. Young people are welcome to drop in to find out more, access computers and phones, or advice and support from our Youth Work staff.
My Pod is our mobile youth bus which is used to provide Youth Work across the region during school holidays and for events. It is kitted out with DJ equipment, games consoles, youth information, and outdoor games equipment. The My Pod can also be booked on request for events such as galas, fun days, music festivals etc.