Kent Youth & Community

Kent Youth & Community offers young people aged 12-25 a range of social and educational experiences.  Within our youth centres and mobile units we provide a safe environment where young people can meet together to take part in youth work programmes that are tailored to their needs.

The range of programmes and experiences we offer include taking part in arts, drama, video, music, computer studies, sports, outdoor education, international exchanges, Duke of Edinburgh Award, community activity, training and personal and health education.

Through these projects and through our detached youth work teams, young people value the access they have to information and support from qualified youth workers.  The quality and dedication of these staff was cited in a recent MORI survey as one of the main strengths of our Service.

We work in close partnership with and provide over £300,000 of grant aid to more than 1000 voluntary youth organisations who replicate and complement our work.

Kent Youth & Community employs staff as part of multi-agency teams working with young people who are disaffected or at risk.  The Service also operates a Youth Telephone Information and Helpline and is developing cyber café information and support services for older teenagers.

Our Key Training Services offer post 16 training programmes.  These include a comprehensive range of vocational qualification courses from Basic Skills through to NVQ's and Modern Apprenticeship programmes covering such subject areas as Administration, Catering, Child Care, Customer Care, Hairdressing, Horticulture and Information Technology.  We also provide motivational and Key Skill courses such as The Princes' Trust Volunteers and government programmes including New Deal and The Learning Gateway.

All of this delivered through

  • 27 Youth & Community Centres
  • 17 Detached Youth Work Projects
  • 7 Mobile Units
  • 5 Vocational Training Centres
  • 4 Residential and Outdoor Education Centres
  • 1 Campsite
And more than 1000 affiliated voluntary youth and community groups