Our weekly community circles are people powered community organising.
Working relationally to create social change we utilise the skills, talents, resources and the passion people have.
Community powered action needs people like YOU!
Understanding that we can only think outside of the box, and take action when we feel confident, are up-skilled and connected is the reason why we have developed our nine dotted approach to creating social change.
This is a hands on technique that brings people together; explores the issues, builds words into sentences and turns them into action.
Storytelling is a way to share and learn ideas, values and practices.
Storytellers remember something of their life or of the life of others; the listeners can relate to the story and retell it, maybe adding a little of their own experience. Thus stories bring people together. Stories offer a connection between a past that is told, the present and the future, and help to connect people around feelings, information and shared experiences.
Friday, Saturdays and Sundays our street based youth work teams, are out and about in the community.
Challenging the socially constructed narratives that exist through social education, innovation and creativity.
Creating safer and connected communities where young people have an authentic voice.
Yard Talk is a podcast which brings together young people, community members and professionals to explore narratives on a series of issues,
It creates mini series on a variety of issues led by young people and community members.
The process of young people transforming an area with flowers, greenery or vegetables provides young people with the chance to take responsibility for their community
Challenging the negative narrative that can exist in communities of young people.
One of workshops includes:
Reducing re-offending, anger management, drugs tier one and two, sexual health, restorative justice, preventing violent extremism, domestic violence, thinking skills.
Short Project Work includes:
Alternative Education - supporting young people not in school.
Anti Bullying Work - training, activities, buddying.
Preventing the Violence - looking at the impact of knife, gun and gang crime; engaging young people and families in a process of change.
Character Education - exploring virtues which will assist in positive self development, supporting social change.
A larger-than-life structure is built that helps us celebrate our uniqueness and strengthens our ties to each other. The project consists of 32 posts, each with identifiers such as, “I’m a parent; I speak English as a second language; I identify as LGBTQ,” etc. Participants tie colourful yarn to posts that reflect their identities. As a result, their yarn intertwines with others’ to create a web of interconnectedness.
Young people, ex-offenders are involved in the setting up and delivery of a pop up cafe in local communities, serving soup, juice and bread as well as organising a discussion led by young people about the issues that affect their every day lives.
A McKenzie friend assists a litigant in person in a court of law in England and Wales. The crucial point is that litigants in person are entitled to have assistance, lay or professional, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to: Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them. Defend and safeguard their rights. Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.
In partnership with Chilled World we offer a therapeutic intervention using music as a tool with proven results as a preventative option for re-offending and placement breakdown for looked after children.
The Rucksack Project is not about one person trying to do a lot. it's about many people each just doing a little, to create a better world.
When you are street homeless it is easy to become invisible. Every year we create rucksacks full of essential items and then distribute them to people who find themselves street homeless.
Community Court Yard provides a confidential service, which allows us to help those most in need without them being afraid to talk to us.
We won’t insist on getting your contact details when you get in touch, and we will not pass on your details to anyone outside of Community Court Yard unless you’ve asked us to.
The only exceptions to this are legal requirements around Safeguarding issues, Terrorism and Drug Trafficking. We must report terrorism and drug trafficking offences, and, in exceptional circumstances, if we believe you or someone known to you has been or may be in danger, we will pass on information.
We will do our best to get permission from you, or the person involved, before we do this. Since we do not insist on service user contact details, full disclosure may not always be possible.
You’re safe with us.