Trained coaches and youth workers engage with young people in their own neighbourhoods – typically referred to within the industry as detached youth work – building relationships and trust by delivering a range of youth-led sports activities and sessions at peak times for anti-social behaviour.
All 5 Star Active partner organisations employ local staff who are known to young people within each community and are seen as role models. Staff work with young people to design locally appropriate activities and programmes and young people are encouraged to help run, and take ownership of the activities, rather than simply attend.
Coaches are mentors for young people, building confidence and helping to guide and motivate them not just within sport sessions but more widely in life. By giving young people responsibilities within sessions, and in organising them, not only are they building their skills but a culture of positive community action is created and young people develop a sense of belonging and pride. Adopting a peer-led approach, young people are supported to help deliver offshoot projects and other activities of interest to them, becoming youth leaders in their community.
Throughout the programme participants develop confidence and practical life skills. Youth workers continue to mentor young people and raise their aspirations to achieve by challenging perceptions, encouraging them to see their strengths and helping them to take advantage of the opportunities available to them. Through the provision of soft-skills training and advice workshops individual horizons are broadened and they are enabled to see their potential to achieve in life.
Young people are offered a mix of accredited education and training courses including a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) in Using Sport to Tackle Youth Crime for those who wish to become youth workers, and a National Open College Network (NOCN) award in Employability and Enterprise which is specifically aimed at getting young people employment ready for a range of industries.
5 Star Active partners have links with a number of employers in their local areas who then provide CV training, work experience placements and in many cases, full time employment positions.