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The #KYMholidays February Half Term programme is over and our Young People have had an amazing time in their sessions. Sessions have included a wide variety of activities and you can see a small selection of the images below. All of our activities have been chosen in conjunction with our Young People and we have had a really fantastic response to these sessions. We have had an Army Style Assault Course visiting all areas of Knowsley throughout the week, all areas have enjoyed celebrations for pancake day and valentines day as well as art and crafts activities to highlight the growing issue of homelessness within our cities.

Our targetted services organised a trip to the Silver blades Ice Skating Rink in Widnes and some of our Huyton Young People had a visit from the mobile exotic animals zoo. The guys in Our Place Youth Club prepared afternoon tea as part of their Valentines Day celebrations and the week was capped off by a timed competition on the assault course at Halewood Youth Zone on Friday evening.

Katie from Stockbridge Village said 

'this programme was one of our best yet and the new opportunities being offered to local Young People are making a huge difference'.

We are busy making preparations for our next #KYMholidays programme for the Easter End of Term break so keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for all of the details. If you have any images from your experiences, please tweet them or pop them onto inst using the #KYMholidays... Oh, and don't forget to tag @KnowsleyYM into all of your posts


 

The festive season is fast approcahing and as we get closer to the festive break, we are starting to see more and more of our partners and the local community to celebrate the holiday period. Our festive celebrations began today with our Spirit of Christmas annual brunch at Our Place Youth Facility in Huyton. In attendance were a wide range of our close partners, community members, KYM Staff and a selection of our young people who also helped to cater the event.

Under the supervision of Richie from Alt Bridge School, the young people set about preparing a wonderful selection of breakfast foods along with hot and gold drinks which allowed attendees to sit down, enjoy their morning, expand networks and in some cases re-new friendships over a beautifully prepared brunch menu. Our lottery team prepared Our Place during the morning and with the addition of some christmas music, we had a fantastic festive morning which we hope will continue over the coming years.

We were also delighted to welcome a variety of local community members from around Our Place which gave our Youth Workers the chance to show our amazing facility off and build understanding of what we do with our young people. The feedback we have received was fantastic and special thanks are reserved for Richie and his team of talented young people who prepared some fantastic food and allowed the event to pass by with military precision.

Take a look at a selection of our images below and if you are interested in taking part in any KYM activities in the future, please visit our website at www.youthmutual.co.uk and sign up to our mailing list or contcat us on 0151 443 5323.


On Friday 24th November, we were delighted to host a number of our close partners and supporters to the official re-launch of the newly refurbished Knowsley Outdoor Education Centre (KOEC) on the private Knowsley Park Estate in Prescot. In attendance were local headteachers, council officials, business leaders and many of our friends who have spent time at KOEC in the past helping young people to achieve many great things in outdoor education. We were also delighted to welcome 'The Right Honourable The Earl of Derby DL' who officially opened the centre and also took the opportunity to launch the brand new Lord Derby Award, which is now available exclusively through Knowsley Youth Mutual (click here for contact details).

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE IMAGE GALLERY FROM THE EVENT

PRESS RELEASE


Knowsley Youth Mutual (KYM) are delighted to announce that we will be successful recipients of the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) grant which is jointly funded by the ‘Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’ and ‘The Big Lottery Fund’.

Our staff team have been gearing up for a really busy summer period. The guys have planned out the whole break and you can see the complete programme at www.youthmutual.co.uk/bonanza However, this didn't stop our team from their usual learning and development.

Last week, after a busy preparation period, a team of staff and KYM volunteers embarked upon their BCU Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesports. The course was very intense and the actual assessment lasted for 4 days (most of which was spent in the water). The team have learnt many new skills such as group management, health and safety, coaching skills, etc and have had to become totally proficient in sports such as, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and raft building.

The course was a major success and all participants have now been fully inducted into the staff team at the KYM Outdoor Education Centre on Lord Derby's Estate. In total we have trainined 6 staff, 1 young volunteer and 2 adult volunteers. They will now spend the summer providing positive activities for KYM members from across the area and we couldn't be happier.

Take a look at their image gallery (below) which shows the team hard at work and make sure you visit our #KYMBonanza page by clicking here!!

Well Done Guys!!

Further to the introduction of our new minibuses a little over a month ago, the vehicles have now been marked up and are proudly displaying their new KYM Livery. You will see our minibuses across the borough carrying our Young People to KYM Sessions cross the borough. Take a look at the updated photographs below and let us know what you think.







It's been a really busy couple of months for us at KYM. With the introduction of a brand new IT system to keep our staff connected and mobile and plenty of operational changes for the teams ensuring that we can keep up with the demands of modern Youth Work things have been ticking along in the background. You will however, begin to see that we have recently taken delivery of 2 brand new minibuses that have gone into service this week and our members will soon be transported around the borough in total luxury. 

We have introduced a 9 seat Ford Tourneo for our smaller group work and a 17 seat Ford Transit (see below). Both vehicles are top spec, fuel efficient and our members will see them in use over the coming weeks. These have replaced two of our previous vehicles and we are hoping to replace the rest of the fleet over the coming months and years. 

All that remains is for the KYM Livery designs (below) to be added to the vehicles and this is planned to take place in the next two weeks


 


In the meantiime, we hope you guys enjoy using our new vehicles. Why not send us a tweet with your photo's from onboard the vehicles. Just use #KYMBus and make sure you tag @knowsleyYM in any of your posts.
 


Are you aged 11-19 and live, are educated or work in Knowsley?

You can apply to be a part of the Knowsley Youth Cabinet!

If you want to change something that affects young people
in the Knowsley Area, the Youth Cabinet might be for you.

Cabinet Members campaign to make things better for young people in Knowsley.
It’s a place where you will be listened to and where you will get support
to have your views heard by people who make decisions in
Knowsley such as leaders of the health services and transport providers.

Being a youth cabinet member you will also get the chance to put yourself
forward as a candidate to represent Knowsley at the UK Youth Parliament.

For more information, please contact Colin Scicluna or Charlotte Brookes on the details below:

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The Big Music Project hosted Big Music Live Manchester at The Union MMU to celebrate the end of our project year. Over 200 Champions and Hub Workers from across the UK came together at the event where we celebrated Champions’ achievements, showcased their abilities, and inspired them to take the next steps in their creative journeys.

Knowsley Youth Mutual joined forces with Liverpool Artist and Therapist Clare Beloved this week to launch an exciting new project that challenges one of the last big taboos in society. The Wild Moon Project aims to creatively engage the community and especially young people in a conversation about menstruation. The aim is to help young people understand the facts about their monthly cycles and to be in tune with their emotional and physical wellbeing. Through the project they will challenge the taboo that leaves many of them unaware, misinformed or embarrassed.
 


Period Policy has been hitting the news recently with reports that girls are missing school because they are too poor to buy products. Knowsley Youth Mutual have been looking at how to creatively tackle the issue of Period Poverty and the lack of access to sanitary products for some of our poorest residents and make sure that no young girls in Merseyside lose out on their education as a result of this issue. We will be working with The Homeless Period and others to place collection bins across Knowsley.

Over the last few months the team have been working with young girls to design and deliver an exciting project that will tour youth settings and schools as part of an educational programme aimed at raising awareness and reducing stigma around periods. They will also be running a summer camp for mums, carers and daughters and are also aware that dads, brothers and young men are often left out of the picture so are running information nights for them too.

The project unveiled a brilliant safe space painted by young women called the wild moon tent, films shown, art installations, info on sponsorship for wellbeing self-care boxes for girls and information on how to get involved.

Sandra Richardson, Chief Executive of Knowsley Youth Mutual said; “It’s really important that our young people learn the facts and know how to look after themselves throughout their whole monthly cycle. We want to ensure no young person in our community is afraid or unprepared for such a basic rite of passage and important transition into adulthood”.

Clare Beloved, Liverpool artist and therapist said “We are being approached by schools, parents and girls asking for help and we feel this is way overdue to blow the secrecy and shame around the topic of periods and beyond that menopause and other important times of our lives which are shrouded in mystery and silence. We want to start up creative conversations and help our community share stories and find new ways to be which can only benefit us all”
 

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This week, our Meadowbrook Classes 6 & 7 have arrived back from their Gold D of E residential project to Bendrigg lodge in Cumbria. The residential was a huge success and the team really enjoyed the whole experience. All students took part in a wide variety of activities, including:
 
Climbing
Abseiling
Zip Wire
Canoeing
Assault Course
Low Ropes Course
Indoor Caving
Fire Pit
And a very funky disco.
 
After observing the group throughout the residential, KYM Youth Worker Joey Fogg says
 
‘The most rewarding part was how the group socialised in the mornings and evenings. Everyone took on individual responsibilities without any fuss. From collecting the meals, washing pans and plates, helping to make beds and even brushing the Tatty Heads of fellow students. There were even tears from Ste Blackhurst when the guys faced their fears to climb the indoor wall to Melissa who cried when she had to clean the chocolate brownie pan’.
 
All in all, the group had a wonderful time, and the biggest outcome is the completed section on their journey to achieving the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
 
Some of the students have given journey statements below which show how far they have come whilst attending the Meadowbrook projects here at KYM.

Female Student

October 16
 ‘I was scared, first time I have been away from home without my parents’

March 17
‘I feel more confident, than I was, I am proud of myself and feel more grownup’

Male Student

October / November 16
‘At first I didn't want to go to please others, then I wanted to go to still please them’

January / February 17
‘I needed to take control and do things for me’

March 17
‘I don't feel like a kid anymore, I'm an adult’
                  
Take a look at the image gallery below that has been compiled by the staff team. They are all very proud of what has been achieved by this group and keep an eye on our social media channels for many more achievements from our amazing Young People.


Kirkby Area

Address: Westvale Community Centre,
Richard Hesketh Drive, L32 0TZ
Contact Number: 0151 443 4466

Huyton Area

Address: The Youthy,
Woolfall Heath Ave, L36 3YE
Contact Number: 0151 443 5333

Our Place Youth Facility

Address: Our Place Youth Facility,
Longview Drive, L36 6EG
Contact Number: 0151 443 5323


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South Area

Address: Bryer Road Community Centre,
Bryer Road, L35 5DW
Contact Number: 0151 443 4542

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