The National Youth Reference Group has successfully recruited new members over the past year and as NYRG young people are involved in training and mentoring other young people for both Pay Ahead Stay Ahead and the Youth Homeless Parliament for the third year running NYRG staff called upon Birmingham’s Youth Service to run a three day ‘Introduction to Youth Work Course.’ as a way of ensuring NYRG members have the right skills to do their role.
St Basils facilitates the National Youth Reference Group, which is made up of young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or have experienced homelessness. We ensure all members of NYRG are given the chance to complete this course, as well as other training opportunities throughout the year.
11 young people who travelled from around the country, including four from St Basils successfully completed the 3 day course from the 21st January – 23rd January 2015.
The 18 hour course is the first stage of basic training for individuals who wish to work with young people and young adults and is the local authority’s recognised qualification. Through discussions, workshops, role plays and debates, the group explored the culture of young people and some of the issues that can sometimes impact on their lives including drugs, homelessness and mental health.
Shenae Medford is a member of NYRG from Hitchin in Hertfordshire who attended and passed the course. She said “I found it more fulfilling because of how structured the days were and the use of activities and role plays. I had a lovely time and felt the three days really helped me with how to respond in difficult situations and I felt it expanded by confidence and communication skills.”
If you’re interested in finding it out more about the work of the National Youth Reference Group, please contact Vicki Shattock – National Youth Engagement Worker via the NYRG website: