At a meeting called by the Federation of detached workers today. Very good and for any detached workers in the voluntary sector well worth checking out.
If you visiting sunday papers looking for the strategy stuff you will find the Meet them where they’re slides under talks and presentations on the right.
If you dont want to wade through the slides here is an abridged version
1. SURVELLENCE -Working out which geographical areas or groups of young people to engage
2 COLD CONTACT. Visual stage where we acknowledge the groups
3 COLD CONTACT. Introductions where we introduce ourselves and the project
4. AREA BASED WORK This is when starting in an area or patch and a wide variety of contacts are being made.
5. PEER GROUP WORK This happens as the work becomes more defined and consists of natural groupings of young people. This stage is often where larger groups are identified usually around a shared interest. e.g. football or hanging out and may be too many work with or inconsistant attendance.
6. BASIC SMALL GROUP WORK As key young people are identified the work should be forward to this stage. This group is made up from the groups that exist within the larger peer group.
7. RISKY SMALL GROUP WORK This is about taking calculated risks to move the work and relationships forward such as 1-1 work, a relaxing , perhaps having a meal with the young people etc. However this is not about putting yourself or the young people at risk.
8. EXPOSURE AND EXPLORATION OF SPIRITUALITY AND ISSUES Young people should be introduced to aspects of spirituality in practical supportive ways. It can range from events to raise their consciousness of Bigger things, e.g. watching the sunrise, exploring creation, to going to an event. The worker should explain some of the things that may happen at events and translate what is happening at the event and use the opportunity to explore spiritual issues in a supportive way.
9. PEER EDUCATION WORK AND/OR RELATIONAL BASED EXPRESSION OF CHURCH This refers to supporting the young people in local churches or relevant groups, and developing new groups based around the young people developing their own expression of a discipleship group with the worker. For young people not interested in this it is vital that as part of good professional practice contact is continued and developed and often this can take the form Peer education work or responding with the young people on local issues.
Between each stage there are tools or mechanisms that enables work to progress from stage to stage. These are varied and depend on the interests of the young people you are working with it could be kite flying, sports, hobbies, issues explored, trips etc Anything you do as group together that helps the relationships deepen.
It is possible to identify the groups you are working with and guestimate where you are on the development plan. From there decide where you wish the group to be in six months time and how you propose to get there, e.g. explore doing a residential. This enables you to gauge your progress in some way.
Taken from Meet them where Theyâ€™re at