Community Youth Project


With the demise of county youth services, many communities in Somerset are now having to face up to the challenge of keeping their youth centres and youth work going without access to qualified county resource. In the face of this, the aim of the Community Youth Project (CYP) is to put in place sustainable youth worker resource across a number of communities which can be collaboratively employed in the most effective and efficient manner.

Initially, this project has concentrated on Martock and Somerton, however the Charltons, Hamdons, Kingsbury Episcopi and Tintinhull have now joined. Other communities have also expressed an interest and may join in due course.

The CYP provides a locally managed and community focussed service which identifies and supports the needs of young people and helps them to engage positively in their local community.

It supports communities to:

  • Consult with young people about youth provision.
  • Establish youth club sessions.
  • Run sessions and provide other support such as outreach and organised activities.
  • Put in place the associated policies, procedures and professional support.

In return, communities that join the project are able to get involved in how local youth provision works and develops over the coming years.

As an independent and community led organisation, the CYP provides a service which is right for everyone involved rather than having to work to other peoples’ agendas. The project is run by a Management Group on which all communities who join have equal representation and hence a role to play in shaping the work of the project.

Its services include:

  • Fully qualified professional Youth and Community Development staff.
  • Professional support and supervision for all staff by our appointed independent provider, “Inspired to Achieve”.
  • Access to support and advice in establishing and maintaining quality youth provision - policies, best practice and legal requirements.
  • Insurance for youth workers and activities.
  • The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), disclosure management and child protection arrangements.
  • Consultation with young people in your community.
  • A fully tailored support package relevant to your community - you can buy in as much or as little as you require.
  • Established links with and work in local schools, including Stanchester Academy.
  • Access to fundraising support for your group’s projects.
  • Support to the recruitment, training and development of local volunteers.
  • Organisation and running of trips, activities and events.
  • Opportunities for joint working with other local communities and youth groups.

What makes us different?

  • Each community gets what it wants from the project (just evening sessions or more intensive support) at a cost less than it would otherwise have to fund on its own.
  • Greater job security and continuity/sustainability of support than would be provided by many individually employed part-time youth workers.
  • Ability to work across as well as within communities to address wider issues.
  • A project run by a partnership of local communities working together to meet their local needs, rather than by an outside organisation.
  • Dedicated resource provided to each community – your youth worker rather than ours.

For more information please contact Jackie Swabey on 07887 561145 or jackie@cyp.me.uk