The primary objective of Street Reach is to empower vulnerable and disadvantaged young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 with additional need) to recognise and achieve their full potential. The charity was created to support young people who experience disadvantage and suffering from a range of issues. We strive to ensure that these young people have access to information, advice and opportunities and seek to improve their lives and raise aspirations of both individuals and communities.
Street Reach offer support to young people in a targeted way, with detached youth work at the core of our work. Our Youth Workers positively engage often hard to reach and vulnerable young people encountered on the streets and in areas such as shop fronts and local parks; teenagers who do not choose to access local youth groups or have been banned. Through consistent, street-based sessions we build important relationships with young people in order to offer support – particularly around keeping safe, relationships, college courses, C.V writing and interview practice and respect for their local community.
We encourage young people to attend targeted workshops, activity days and residential trips, providing opportunities to enjoy and achieve and removing barriers to access by cost and by rural isolation. A unique part of our work is that Street Reach operate in all weathers and are able to offer support during school and college holidays; a critical time for many vulnerable young people.
We also deliver diversionary activities on shift in order to positively engage young people and on a Friday evening the team deliver a weekly football drop-in session. This is a community project that attracts on average 25-30 young people per week. See our page on Friday Football project for more details.