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Our work with young people

Our Youth Work team supports young people across the areas where we work. This often starts with us going out and about on our estates to talk to young people and listening to what they need.

We support young people to raise their own issues and find their own solutions by developing local youth forums, which go on to organise their own local activities or work with us to develop projects. In the past our youth forums have done everything from winning funding for local sports facilities to setting up a local youth club.

We are also funded and commissioned to run various special youth projects, including HOUSE in the Eden Centre and No Bother, our successful project helping divert teenagers from exclusion and offending.

We also lead the Edenbridge Youth Consortium,  group of youth work providers in Edenbridge offering a wide range of different clubs and workshops and deliver alcohol reduction work around the Sevenoaks district.

For more information please contact our youth work manager on 01732 749420.

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  • Young parents - Friday Club

    The Friday Club is a FREE group for parents under the age of 25 and their children, and it's the mums and dads who decide what goes on, what we talk about and where we go. Chat with other young parents, enjoy a coffee or tea and the occasional biscuit! Get creative with an art and craft activity, play in the garden and enjoy a selection of toys and games.

    There’s information on child care, managing behaviour, getting back to work, retraining, applying for primary schools, health advice, finance and housing information, local area knowledge and much more.

    We meet on Friday afternoons in the HOUSE room at the Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge from 1pm - 3pm, spending the last half hour in the brand new sensory room, where the children can play with the interactive technology.

    Occasionally we have trips out to fun places like Godstone Farm, Brighton Aquarium, and Treasure Island, as well as parties and celebrations throughout the year.

    For more information contact Amy Perner on 03000 420953.

  • 8 -12s Project

    We run weekly clubs for children aged 8-12 in four areas across the district. The project is also funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Children in Need, local town and parish councils and Kent County Council.

    The aims of the project are to:​

    • Provide low cost recreational and educational activities for children aged between 8 and 12 years in their own community.
    • Promote acceptable behaviour and responsibility by encouraging children to devise and adhere to their own 'Charter of Rights'.
    • Increase children’s self confidence, skills and interests by introducing them to a wide range of activities in a safe and caring environment.

    The project provides regular, low cost, locally based activities in a safe environment with an emphasis on behaviour and positive communication and has been very successful in supporting the children who attend.

    Children are asked to contribute £2 a week to the project, which is used to help fund activities. The project also organises special outings which reflect the interests of the children, for example rock climbing, visits to the theatre or museums and short residential stays. These incur an additional cost, but where possible, the project will subsidise those children whose families cannot afford to pay the full cost.

    How are the clubs staffed?
    The clubs are staffed by project workers directly employed by West Kent. We also encourage the involvement of volunteers. All staff and volunteers have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check in place and references are taken prior to staff or volunteers working on the project. We work on a minimum adult to child ratio of 1:10. All activities are thoroughly risk assessed.

    Who can join?

    Children who may be experiencing a variety of difficulties at home or who may be in need of additional support outside of the school or home environment. Children are referred to the project by:

    • Teachers
    • Parents
    • Family support centres
    • Social services
    • Other professionals

    You can refer yourself to us however we may need further information to accept you. Please contact us for more information.

    Where and when are the sessions held?

    • New Ash Green: North Square, Longfield, DA3 8JT. Thursday night 6pm to 8pm
    • Sevenoaks: The Hope Church, Mill Lane, TN14 5AX. Tuesday night 5.30pm to 7.30pm
    • Swanley: The Junction, St Marys Road, BR8 7BU. Friday night 4.30pm to 6.30pm and Tuesday Nurture Group 3.30pm to 5pm
    • West Kingsdown: West Kingsdown Primary School, Fawkham Road, TN15 6JP. Wednesday night 5.30pm to 7.30pm

    The project is also funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Children in Need, local town and parish councils and Kent County Council.