The SPOT is a project that works with young people in care and care leavers from across Sheffield. The service provides a youth centre three times a week for young people to access.
The main objective of the SPOT is to build positive relationships with young people, providing constructive activities to benefit the well-being of looked after young people in Sheffield, whilst also supporting their needs and goals.
Underpinning the service is the Option 2 model, a theory-based approach that uses interventions (in this case mentoring support) as a natural turning point to help children and young people move in a positive direction. The Option 2 approach ensures support builds on the young person's (sometimes hidden) strengths, skills and values as an individual, in order to realistically and collaboratively reduce anti-social behaviours and safeguarding concerns. Alongside this improving relationships, school attendance, participation, interests and skills.
The youth centre offers young people somewhere to come and socialise with their peers, as well as having a meaningful input on activities they would like to engage with. This includes trips during school holidays, decisions about meal menus and assisting with cooking, the design of the youth centre and how we set up for sessions. It's about giving young people a voice whilst also helping promote empathy and diversity.
The activities we offer include; crafts, outside sports, football, basketball, cricket and rounders (all wheelchair accessible). We have a foosball, pool and table tennis table inside. We have an outside play area that is inclusive for all ages and we are looking to create a sensory corner. We are always looking to expand and develop the range of sessions we provide.
The centre and our staff help promote other services, for example support with looking for employment or independent living. Young people struggling with issues around relationships, family and school can find support and someone to talk to. This approach seeks not only work with the young person but as part of the Families Together wider work with the whole family.
We run a youth provision for young people each week at Highfield Adventure Playground, ages 10-17 on Mondays and Thursdays, 3.30-7.00pm and ages 18-25 on Wednesdays, 4.00-8.00pm. (Times may change around school holidays dependant on needs of young people).
The youth centre is wheelchair friendly and accessible. There are always three members of staff on duty along with additional volunteers and sessional workers.
Each month we run a family day held at our youth centre where all the families are invited. This is a great way for families, foster carers and staff to meet each other and build strong relationships. We provide food and games for all ages, including travel for families struggling to attend.
For enquires please call our main office on: 0114 258 7553