COVID 19 UPDATE
During these unprecedented times, we at Youth Connect want to reassure all our young people, adults and communities, partners and funders that we remain committed to providing ongoing essential support to our local communities whilst ensuring the safety of our staff and volunteers.
Whilst all our centre based activities are currently closed to the general public, we are still delivering many of our services, either via telephone support or through our social media platforms as well as some door step visits and specialist projects.
Youth Connect is delivering hundreds of youth activity packs to young people during this difficult time. Get in touch with us if you would like one or know of someone who could benefit from one.
We ask young people to get in touch via the web chat and we can signpost you to our additional services during this time.
These are difficult times but we are her for you and will do whatever we can to support you.
Update April 2020
Youth Connect have developed a Young people and families COVID 19 information leaflet to give you handy tips and advice during these difficult times.
Please click on the link below
Update 17th July 2020
We are pleased to announce that some centre based sessions will resume from August 2020. Pleck youth centre will be the first venue to re-open. We will keep you informed about the re-opening of all our other centres in due course.
At youth connect we are strong believers in the ability of our youth to succeed. Our programmes and activities are designed to help our young people reach their goals and fulfill their highest potential. We are proud of all our young people, and love watching them grow into bright-minded and confident individuals. See how we’re involved in making a difference in our communities as well as our young people's lives.
Committed to Enriching the Lives of Young People
Children have so much to offer to the world - we believe in the power that they hold, and know that they will mold future generations to come. At Youth Connect, we are here to give them the support they need in order to shape them into leaders of the future. We have a number of youth programs and leadership initiatives that help nurture our youth and help them develop the skills they will carry throughout their lives.
Youth Connect empowers young people and offers advice, coaching and support across a wide range of activities at locations in Walsall.
We engage young people through gaming, music, board games, table games and other fun activities in a youth centre environment. Here they have the space to discuss the issues important to them, meet others and have a space to call their own.
Committed to Making a Difference
Youth Connect has been at the forefront of making a difference in young people’s lives since 2007.
Our organisation began it's journey working primarily with Muslim young people in South Walsall. British Muslim Youth Group (BMYG) was formed by pro active community members who wanted to support their local young people and their community at a time where they needed support the most.
Capitalising on the skills and experiences of talented community members who hail from a background of social work, education, youth offending we have a team of talented professionals who offer their time and skills to enhance our offer to our communities.
Located at the intersection of community and life, Youth Connect is a life-affirming journey that builds on the richness and power of lifelong values. We have been providing young people the values and skills they need to become exceptional members of our community.
What we Offer
A Wide Range of Enrichment Programmes
Centre Based Projects
Building a Better Future
Youth connect empowers young people in our communities to reach their fullest potential through a wide range of services. We care about our children, and provide them with a number of enrichment programs to help shape their identity. Our Centre Based youth club activities provides our youth the chance to get involved and meet new and exciting faces from their community. The sessions run all year round and our experienced and trained youth workers ensure a safe and fun environment for young people to enjoy and develop. Come experience it for yourself today!
Detached & Outreach sessions
Making a Difference One Child at a Time
At Youth Connect we strive to empower the lives of young people in our communities through our variety of programs. Our detached and outreach sessions are designed to engage with young people in their environments in places where they feel comfortable and willing to engage with us.
Through builing dialogue and trust we can then support some of the more marginalised young people in our communities and offer them the support they need.
We are committed to the development of our young people, and hope to continue making a difference in their lives.
Get Active and Have Fun
We deliver weekly sports sessions in local parks and recreation centres. We deliver sports such as Football, Cricket, Basketball, Badminton as well as many others to encourage healthy and active lifestyles. Our Sports projects are centered on instilling strong values into our young people and provides a safe space for them to expand their minds, get fit and active while meeting new and interesting people.
We also work with key local sports organisations such as Staffordshire County Cricket and Walsall Football Club in the development of our sports delivery projects.
At youth connect we’re dedicated to helping youth in their community develop their skills and grow into contributing members of society. For over a decade we have provided a variety of programs to all of our young people and have seen the direct benefits of the services we offer.
Taking the Challenge & Sharing Experiences of a Lifetime
At youth connect we strive to empower the lives of young people in our communities through our variety of challenging but fun programmes. Our residential and outdoor pursuit trips are designed to provide youngsters with all the tools they need to be great leaders tomorrow. We are happy to be the driving force behind the development of our young people, and hope to continue making a difference in their lives.
Building a Better Future
We care about our children, and provide them with a number of enrichment programs to help shape their identity. Our bespoke mentoring programmes offers the opportunity for one to one work with our trained mentors. We have managed to transform lives and deliver essential support to those who need it most. Our mentoring programme is supported and used by West Midlands Police and Walsall Council and has proven to be a successful intervention tool for our partners.
Support When Needed the Most
Youth Connect offers high quality Restorative Justice and Family Group Conferencing Interventions. We believe in empowering people to reach solutions and compromises. We have trained and experienced practitioners who have a wealth of knowledge of delivering these specialist interventions. When done well they can be the catalyst to transform situations and relationships. As a restorative organisation we underpin these principles in all the work we do.
Residentials and Outdoor pursuits
Restorative Practice & Family Group Conferencing
When and Where
Pleck Youth Centre
283 Wednesbury Road
Mondays 6:15pm -8:15pm (ages 9-19)
Fridays 6:15pm -8:15pm (ages 9-19)
Saturdays Club Session (8-14 years)
2pm – 4:00pm
Open access centre based youth provision for 8-19 year olds where you can play sports, pool, table football, gaming and chill out areas. We also have a range of indoor activities including board games, arts and crafts and music sessions.
Palfrey Youth Project
Outreach and Sports
Thursdays 6:15pm to 8:30pm (ages 9-19)
Saturday Junior Club 3:15pm – 5.45pm (ages 8-14)
Currently our Palfrey offer is limited to outreach and detached work in and around Palfrey Park.
Please contact us for more details and information.
Caldmore Youth Club
Caldmore Community Gardens
Wednesdays 6:00pm -8:15pm (ages 8-17)
Open access centre based youth provision for 8-19 year olds at the Caldmore Community Gardens where you can play sports, pool, badminton, dodgeball, gaming and chill out areas. We also have a range of indoor activities including board games, arts and crafts and music sessions. We also do some gardening and outdoor cooking and activities.
Chuckery Youth Project
St Luke's Church
Mondays 6:15pm to 8:30pm (ages 8-19)
Open access centre based youth provision for 8-19 year olds where you can play sports, pool, table tennis, gaming. Outdoor Sports Activities. We also have a range of indoor activities including board games, arts and crafts.
Aldridge Youth Project
Aldridge Outdoor Activity Centre, Aldridge Airport
Thursdays 6:15pm to 8:30pm (ages 9-19)
Open access centre based youth provision for 8-19 year olds where you can play sports, pool, table tennis, gaming, outdoor activities. We also have a range of indoor activities including board games, arts and crafts and music sessions.
News and Updates
At Youth Connect we have been involved with our ever growing community, and are happy to share our achievements with you. For many years, we have been making a difference in the lives of young people in the West Midlands, and we take pride in everything we do. Read all about our latest updates, and get involved today!
Join us and Volunteer
If you want to give some of your time to support and work with young people, or even to support our organisation, then we would love to hear from you. All volunteer posts are subject to to DBS checks as well as essential training that will be provided. If you are the type of person who has a lot to offer young people and the community
Meet Our New Youth Leaders
We have a team of young people who help our workers and other young people at sessions. Our Youth Leaders help shape the delivery of our projects and guide the work of Youth Connect. We hope the experience the young people take from their leadership roles can help them in their future.