Detached Youth Work
Detached youth work is as a unique and radical way of working with young people that has been at the heart of TRAIN since its creation. Detached youth work differs from the traditional youth club in that instead of young people coming to us we go out to them and engage with them wherever they choose to meet.
We currently go out on the streets three nights a week building trusting relationships and drawing alongside young people, in an open and non-judgemental manner to support them in any way we can. Sometimes all we can offer is a listening ear, other times we can provide information and advice on particular issues. Working with other local organisations we can also signpost young people to various opportunities and resources.
Throughout history detached youth work has focused on the value of informal learning through conversation and dialogue. We encourage young people to talk about the issues that are most relevant to them. This could include anything from their interests and hobbies to drugs and alcohol or politics and relationships. In exploring these topics we encourage young people to voice their views and challenge them to explore their values, attitudes and actions in relation to the world around them. As relationships develop we can begin to see the real needs of young people and work with them to meet these needs. This could be setting up a 5-aside football team or even helping them preparing for a job interview. We have to be flexible and respond to the ever changing situations.