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Youth at Risk

Key Challenges

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Developing youth programmes with young people requires time, patience and understanding with experienced and trusted adults over a period of time.   WBYI’s work engages young people through informal and discreet programmes, often using a range of hooks to connect with  young people that is not time bounded.   our company.

Being based in Little Horton ward which is a disadvantage area brings a range of challenges. WBYI recognises the need to reach out to young people through a series of programmes by offering adaptable practice and community engagement using  employment programmes, volunteering and sport and leisure interventions, whilst adopting flexible working approaches


Young people  often lack of motivation , have experiences of distrust in services and many  negative outcomes from formal structures.  This places  emphasis on good youth work practice within voluntary and community services to deliver  quality person centred work. WBYI offers  both positive interventions  fro primary beneficiaries and community development  and capacity building programmes  for secondary beneficiaries that has worked since 1991.      

WBYI project workers  support young people  by way of soft skills development and focus on personal and social skills interventions.  WBYI provides support and activity that is authentic,  builds respect and promotes independence  through youth development programmes  both through one to one and group work activity

What works @ WBYI

A community ethos for the greater good underpinned by good practice with people through authentic work and conversations with individuals and groups. The work at WBYI has been based on 30 years of mutual respect, honesty and critical thinking around local and national issues concerning young people and communities

Building positive trusted relationships

Building positive trusted relationships with young people through one to one and group work activities, ensuring workers are always there and putting the community first. 

Using ‘magnets & hooks’ to engage

By using ‘magnets & hooks’ to engage with young people: Magnets can be people or buildings youth spaces that connect and attract young people to programmes. Hooks are often sports activities and events for children and young people to engage with others


Opportunities for young people and adults to connect to the community; gain work experience and improve job prospects in areas of sport, leisure and environment. Youth social action programmes that enables young people to build their confidence through social activity; engaging in programmes and being part of new partnerships and youth focused activities.

Role models

WBYI encourages young people to engage with successful local role models who are inspire change through programmes that benefit the greater good. Our Trustees and volunteers include past beneficiaries of youth development programmes and have lived experience growing up in the BD5 area.