Through the outreach work we do on a weekly basis, we have the opportunity to meet a variety of different people that live and commute into the community. Through these engagements we have successfully established some firm relationships with people of all ages.
We have also built a reasonably good relationship with many of the youth that live in this catchment.
Many of these young people have gone onto partake in a number of additional projects that have been initiated within the Erith area.
Through this engagement we have supported three young men in particular. These young men, were invited to be part of our project “Project Point of View” a project sponsored by the property developers Dominvs.
We are confident that the summer of 2022 will hold many treasured memories for the young men that took part.
The young men from Bexley are always enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. They often visit us on our regular outreach provision.
During the summer they able visited spaces such as the US Embassy, high end apartments, constructions sites and even had the opportunity to interview the CEO of the Dominvs group in a scheduled podcast.
For the group the highlight was a five day residential in Cornwall where they all took part in water rafting, paddle boarding, canoeing and they even jumped from twenty foot cliffs to overcome their fear of water and other limiting beliefs they had.
Two of the young men could not swim before the residential, and had a fear of water in general.
Successfully all of the group overcame their fears of water and took part in some of the most challenging activities involving water.
The transformation for these three young men and the wider group was amazing to witness and share with them. They also established life long relationships created by the intense team work and support they offered each other over the days away from their homes and their natural environments.
The overall project will have a long lasting impact on their lives and will promote a better understanding of how they can overcome challenges now and in their futures.
Projects such as the outreach in Erith is proof that being on the streets and meeting the people in the community at a grassroots level really does have an impact.
“touching people’s hearts through your work is the only job that you could do and nobody has to hire you for it.”
Youth Unity works to provide opportunities to young people. This is all made possible meeting local people and opening frank and honest conversations.