Youth centres

Youth services works with young people in Plymouth who are aged between 11 and 19 (up to 25 years old where there is a specific additional need or disability).

Types of youth projects we offer

Find out which of the sessions listed below are available at your local youth centre.

Me and My Friends

This project supports young people who are on the Autistic spectrum, who are mid to high functioning, enabling them to meet other young people experiencing similar issues and help them to develop.

The young person will be supported in completing the ‘All About Me’ booklet below which enables them to personally express their needs.

Download All About Me form [PDF, 80KB]

  • It is like any other generic youth session which allows our young people to participate through positive activity and active conversations with youth workers and their peers.
  • We recognise that individuals have specific needs and provide interventions to support this.
  • Young people also engage in focussed work which develops their skills in handling and building relationships

Currently the youth service has two groups held every Wednesday at Stonehouse (Frederick Street) Youth Centre.

  • 11 to 15 years at 6.15pm to 7.45pm
  • 16+ at 4.30pm to 6pm

Access is via a referral process, either through a professional body or self- referral. Please contact youth services for a referral form.

Out Youth Group

Out Youth is a youth group for young people aged 13 to 25 who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual (LGBT) in Plymouth. Out Youth provides a weekly safe space; one to one support and a weekly youth group that offers young people who are LGBT support, advice, information and activities and projects to take part in. Weekly sessions average 35 young people and email contact and referrals from other professionals mean that at least two new young people join Out Youth every month. Issues include mental health, healthy relationships, online safety, self-harm, homophobic and transphobic bullying, education, health, employment, body image. As well as weekly sessions Out Youth group have been involved in projects to raise awareness and support for LGBT issues in Plymouth.

Open access youth work

These services take place in local youth centres and are for young people age 11 to 19 years. They offer young people a designated space to hang out with their friends and meet other young people. They have the choice to take part in a variety of activities such as Wii, pool, guitar hero, table tennis and much more.

The youth club also offers a confidential advice and guidance service where young people can speak to a qualified member of our youth work team about an issue or concern they may have.

Young Inspectors

The Plymouth Young Inspectors are young people aged from 13 to 19. They visit services for young people, such as youth centres and leisure sites, to make sure that they are suitable for young people to access. They make recommendations for improvements based on their visits and revisit the service/venue to follow up on the changes made.

Head Space

A place to chill, surf the net, listen to music. Activities include arts, crafts, cooking, movies, fashion, Wii dance, themed nights and karaoke. There is also a sexual health drop in.

Young Parents

The project aims to offer young parents a safe space to come and gain support from workers. They can learn skills such as cooking, socialising, parenting, communication and healthy eating.

Detached Youth Work

This model of youth work is targeted at vulnerable young people taking place on young people’s own territory such as streets, cafes, parks and pubs; at times that are appropriate to them and on their terms. It begins from where young people are in terms of their values, attitudes, issues and ambitions and is concerned with their personal and social development. It is characterised by purposeful interaction between youth workers and young people and utilises a range of youth and community work methods.

Outreach Youth Work

This model of youth work is related to feeding young people into services which are available elsewhere. Whilst it can and does take place on young people’s own territory, it can also include work in existing youth facilities, educational institutions and commercial settings. It is characterised by purposeful interaction between youth workers and young people and involves contact, information giving, and the invitation to join existing or proposed youth programmes and other services designed with them in mind.


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