Worth Unlimited for Waltham Forest provides safe spaces for young people to spend time together, take part in positive activities, build relationships with supportive adults and grow in skills and character.
For 11 years, we have been running the Youth Bus, holding weekly sessions in locations across the borough. It is kitted out with three computers with internet access, an x-box and play station, as well as a small kitchen and chill-out area. It's a place where young people are able to access information and support from trained youth workers as well as developing social skills and friendships with their peers.
These sessions are open to all young people and - because we can drive the bus into the heart of a neighbourhood - they're easily accessible to anyone who wants to come. The ability to go right to their doorstep has made it possible for us to meet and work with young people who wouldn’t have engaged in other youth activities.
Going to where the young people are and spending time with them week in, week out, year after year, establishes genuine relationships and bonds of trust. We work with a lot of young people who are dealing with very difficult circumstances, journeying with them through times of change.
These kind of relationships help young people to see their own worth, develop confidence and discover their passions, abilities and identity, all of which are crucial for successfully transitioning into adulthood.