The 6VT Edinburgh Youth Cafe exists "to deliver holistic quality services to Edinburgh’s young people including the highest risk and most marginalized individuals, services that are empowering and motivate positive change in their lives.” It is a purpose built youth cafe with a combination of youth and social workers that ensure vulnerable young people are supported regardless of their needs.
This is a story of one participant benefiting from the CashBack for Youth Work funding.
This young man, aged 14 was invited to join in holiday provision last year but did not engage. Family life presents lots of 'challenges' and is chaotic affecting his day to day safety, wellbeing, welfare and future. We were advised to limit his involvement due to challenging behavior he could demonstrate.
What Change or Difference has this youth activity made?
He fully engaged 100% as his behavior when with us was excellent we did not limit his involvement.in any of the activities. He was always respectful, he participated in all activities, he improved his physical health through the activities and by accessing healthy meals at 6VT. Overall was a very different happier boy who engaged with our services beyond our Gyroscope project.
What did youth workers do to help?
We set clear boundaries and expectations on behavior with him. We provided emotional and practical support. We provided high levels of positive reinforcement. We provided positive feedback to his school, where he usually struggles and he doesn't participate in any other clubs. He tells us he feels valued and supported at 6VT.
What impact has CashBack funding had?
"Because of the Cashback Funding we were able to engage a very vulnerable young man into positive activities which has led on to him receiving sustainable support from 6VT. Whilst we have not changed his family situation we have given him a platform where he is safe and able to express himself. He has taken part in activities he otherwise would not have done and experienced achievements. He has made valuable friendships overall a happier young man."