In addition to the adventure playgrounds and youth club provision provided by PYC, there is a whole host of activities available to young people in the city during term times – and they’re free! Contact the providers if you require more information, or young people can just turn up!
Meet the Team
Marshada and Holly are the Project and Partnership Leads for the PYC Service with backgrounds in community development and public health. They deliver training around mental health, behaviour change, restorative practice, and safeguarding awareness. They also support the service with different projects that focus on health & wellbeing and link in with local and national wellbeing campaigns to support their delivery.
Food & Health
Lin supports the PYC sites to deliver healthy food and growing projects to benefit the children, young people, and families accessing our service. From cultural cooking to learning about sowing seeds at home, Lin is here to empower people to eat healthily and encourage local communities to think sustainably about food. Check out Lin’s videos on how to grow and cook with Curley Kale.
Holiday Food & Fun
Our Holiday Food & Fun programme supports nutrition and wellbeing, whilst reducing some financial pressure and emotional strain on families. We provide access to food, cooking, and healthy eating information across all the PYC sites, particularly during the school holidays.
We also take part in the Veg Power campaign to encourage children eat more vegetables.
Drug & Alcohol Support Service (DASS)
The DASS works with young people under the age of 19 in Portsmouth who are using substances. You can meet with them in a range of settings (including our youth clubs) and focus on harm reduction techniques. You can access support from DASS by calling 07951 497898 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a dedicated substance misuse specialist youth worker, Mark Simons, within the service who attends our evening youth provision to offer targeted support to young people.
Is This Love?
Is your relationship healthy? Take this quiz aimed at young adults aged 14+ who are currently in a relationship.
If you need support get in touch with the Stop Domestic Abuse service for advice on 02392 065494 or by email. They are open 9am – 9pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 6pm on weekends and bank holidays.
Detached youth team
We have been successful in securing more funding from the Office of Police Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to carry out detached youth work across the City. We are excited to have George, Rob and Linda forming this new team within the Portsmouth City Council youth service.
The team will be working hard over the next year to engage with young people on the streets of Portsmouth. The team will be out and about across the North, Central, and South localities of Portsmouth, over 3 evenings each week (typically Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6-9pm). They have an Instagram account so you can follow their whereabouts.
When the weather is really bad you may find them in one of our youth clubs!
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Our Youth Service offers the DofE Award and provides programmes of fun activities that develop the mind, body and soul through social interaction and team working. The DofE encourages young people to live life as an adventure! There are four sections to complete:
- Volunteering: providing a service to people or the community
- Physical: improving in sport, dance or fitness activities.
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition: planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey.
Anyone can join from age 13-25, which can lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Young people doing the DofE Award develop skills and attitudes they need to become confident adults. Qualities that colleges, universities and employers are looking for. So, by supporting your child to do their DofE, you are helping develop their future.
Young people have access to a wide range of activities including music, dance, gardening, and sports amongst many others. Those who have taken part so far have developed self-confidence, independence, responsibility and made new friends.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact your nearest youth club or visit www.dofe.org