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Annual Reports

Chair Foreword 2016 – 2017   


This year has been a difficult one for Consett Churches Detached Youth Project, its users, its workers and its Trustees. Some of these difficulties have been grown on into opportunities that have resulted in positive change others however have, sadly, not been amenable to proactive intervention. What has shone throughout has been the desire to see the project continue to deliver to its mission and to recognize that there remains out there, in Consett and the surrounding areas, young people who are in need, who are hard to reach and who are deserving of the very best that we can offer them as they grow into the next generation of adults in our community and society.

 

CCDYP was established over 30 years ago, at the time of the forced closure of the British Steels Works (the major employer in the region) and it humbles me to recognise that there are people of passion and incredible resilience in Consett that have fought for and ensured that this project can still have a positive impact on the lives of young people from that time to this.

 

Charitable grants are becoming harder to access as more organisations like ours seek resources from a diminishing pot.  In addition this April saw the withdrawal of the grant to CCDYP from Durham County Council (DCC) for whom we provided an agreed portfolio of detached youth work in Consett. This grant was in the form of direct financial resource (circa. 15k per annum), a Level Three Youth Worker and Sessional Support staff.  DCC also required specific outcomes and feedback and provided statutory guidelines, policies and procedures for youth work operation. DCC re-framed their Youth Work provision into two strands “Team around the family’ and ‘Team around the School’ and as I write, how this is being put into practice has yet to be revealed.  This re-organisation by DCC has meant that there is now no statutory commissioned and funded detached youth work taking place in Consett and the Derwentside area of Durham. The danger that CCDYP is trying to mitigate against is that ignoring there is a need does not make the need go away.

 

Sadly two of our Level Three Youth Workers, one employed through Children in Need and one funded from CCDYP resources, both became seriously ill during this year.  Neither of them will be able to return to work at the project and with the young people that they had engaged with in trust and enablement. We send them both our sincere thanks and our love. Sincere thanks are also due to the project manager, locum level three workers and project support worker who have kept our commitments fulfilled.

 

We have been through some tough times, of searching and questioning. of depression and elation, of determination and resignation. I am so very pleased to report however that we end this year looking forward with a real and positive vibe. We have appointed a Level Three Youth Worker (from CCDYP resource) who is engaging with myself, other Trustees, Project Manager and staff focused on developing a flexible, deliverable and impactful model of Detached Youth Work . A model that works in the here and now, recognising that young people are as likely to be detached in their own rooms (on social media etc.) as they are on the streets. A model that has clear communicable outcomes (even saying ‘hello’ and engaging can be a major milestone) and always fitting the work to each individual circumstance.

 

Nationally there is an increasing recognition amongst policy makers that Detached Youth Work is a proven method of decreasing abuse, exploitation and radicalism of any form. Consett Churches Detached Youth Project is proud to still be here and living it out in the real world.

 

Thank you to every single young person and adult who has been part of the project or who has supported and enabled us to do what we do. Thank you.

Professor R D Plant – Chair of Trustees

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Front cover CCDYP Annual Report 2016 - 2017

2016 – 2017 Annual Report Cover 

CCDYP Annual Report 2016 – 2017
Front Page of CCDYP Annual report 2015 – 2016

2015 – 2016 Annual Report Cover

CCDYP Annual Report 2015 – 2016
CCDYP Annual Report 2014 - 2015

2014 – 2015 Annual Report Cover

CCDYP Annual Report 2014 – 2015
CCDTP Annual Report 2013 - 2014

2013 – 2014 Annual Report Cover

CCDYP Annual Report 2014 – 2015

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