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Worth Unlimited Huddersfield engages local young people through two very distinct projects; That Reading Thing and Lowerhouses Friday Night Youth Work.

Lowerhouses Friday Night Youth Work

"My name is Wendy Marsden and I live in Lowerhouses. I am a youth worker with Worth Unlimited (Huddersfield), which is based at Longley and Lowerhouses Community Church."

"I work at the church on a Friday night. We started doing youth work at The Lounge in January 2011 then moved to the church building last December because the facilities were better – bigger premises etc. I have been involved with working with young people from the Ashenhurst estate in the last year – including a graffiti project at the skate park – and now these young people join us on a Friday."

"Basically what happens on a Friday night is we run activities such as pool, table tennis and Wii games, we also have crafts and sometimes we just sit and talk. We have about 15 regulars – boys and girls - who attend and their ages range from 11 to 14. There are five regular helpers."

"From time to time we hold Worth events funded by Kirklees Council at the church, for example, last Easter we held a few crafts mornings when the kids had a great time designing their own T-shirts and making Easter baskets. We have also held events to mark Valentine’s Day, Spring Bank Holiday and Christmas."

"We are hoping to organise new activities for the future – maybe taking the kids bowling or on day trips but this is subject to us obtaining the necessary funding."


That Reading Thing

Update from Jan Medland, TRT Coordinator - June 2014


"Following a half page spread in the Kirklees Council’s March edition of the “Kirklees Together” magazine that is delivered to every household, some twenty plus people responded to show interest in becoming trained volunteers for ‘That Reading Thing’. 


An information evening followed which was attended by about fourteen, of which seven were subsequently trained and are now ready and equipped to work individually with a young person somewhere in Kirklees. 


This now means we have trained volunteers both in the Huddersfield area and in Dewsbury and Batley, where need was identified last year, but where we were unable to offer support. Working in close co-operation with the council’s young people’s provision has meant we have avoided the ‘Catch 22’ situation of having trained volunteers, but no access to young people or the reverse.


The goal now is to quickly get all safeguarding in place so that we can introduce the new volunteers to young people and their keyworkers and establish regular ‘TRT’ sessions that quickly prove the theory – ‘That Reading Thing’ really works!


The current two mentors continue to work with their three young people and, although slow-going and intermittent at times, progress is being made. We have already heard that one of them has shown signs of more confidence and is working better in school!


We hope to find more co-operative initiatives to enable more young people to benefit from the scheme in the coming months."







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Lowerhouses Friday Night Youth Work

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Contact details

Julie Walker

Worth Unlimited for Huddersfield   
Longley and Lowerhouses Community Church
181 Lowerhouses Lane 
West Yorkshire 



Tel: 01484 510101

E-mail: julie.walker@worthunlimited.co.uk

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