Birmingham & Solihull

Birmingham & Solihull

We are committed to creatively engage with both young people and our neighbourhood to make our community a better, more connected place. We place an emphasis on being locally rooted, using an Asset based approach and being there for the long haul.

About

nullWorth Unlimited wants young people to know that a better world is possible. That's why our strapline is "Inspiring Hope Together". Here in Birmingham and Solihull we are committed to this and helping young people reach their potential and have a flourishing, hope filled future. Below we highlight some of the ways we work alongside young people.

Long Term Working

We have been based in Birmingham and Solihull for over 12 years, and our experience demonstrates this long term approach enables significant change for young people and their communities.

Asset Based Approach

Here in Birmingham we believe that all young people have gifts, skills and talents that can enable them to play a unique role within their community.  Rather than focusing on what is lacking, we focus on their strengths and how they can positively use them to bring about change in their own lives and in those around them.

Safe Places and Relationships With Significant Adults

We run a number of open access sessions providing young people the space to ask questions and explore their identity. Provision of these spaces helps young people to build relationships with their peers and significant adults.

Developmental Journey

Supporting young people to discover their purpose and passions is the start of their developmental journey. Making changes can be challenging for young people for many reasons, but with trusting relationships and mentoring, young people can move forward to achieve their goals and begin to realise their potential.

Locally Rooted

Our team are committed to journeying alongside local people to harness their skills, gifts and talents to create and lead the development of their community and the work and activities we provide to young people.

Connecting with others

Young people are a valuable part of their community, and youth work happens the most effectively when they connect to other people in their neighbourhoods. Connection with others, reduces isolation,  makes a safer community and gives young people a sense of belonging.

What we do

1:1 Mentoring, (Barrier removal)

We offer 1:1 and group mentoring, both in the community setting or in the school setting.  Our community based mentoring works with individuals enabling them to overcome barriers that might hinder them from developing and engaging in education and or community activities.  Our school based provision is based around a 6 week personal and social development programme. Contact us if you are interested in partnering with us.

“The additional support we have received from Worth Unlimited is so valuable, especially to some our most vulnerable students.  The mentoring and support offered to these students is something we just could not offer in school”  Mr Pete Higgins, Headteacher

Safe spaces

We run a number of open access youth clubs, groups and afterschool clubs providing young people with a safe space to connect with their peers and have fun, ask questions and build community.

Youth Social Action

“Youth Social Action is Young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change in their community”

Schools Based:

We run a 6 week schools based programme enabling students to explore community, their gifts, skills and passions and work with them to plan and deliver a youth led community project.

WeCan - Community Based YSA:

Our “We Can” sessions engage local young people in long term intergenerational Youth Social Action.  Helping young people to connect with their neighbours and have a role within their community through meaningful, youth led,  social action projects.

Street Connecting

Meeting young people where they are at.  We are passionate about “widening the circles” of our youth work.  through our youth connector detach team we engage young people, building relationship with groups of young people down the park, on the street corners, outside the shops, wrking with young people “where they are at”

Social Enterprise

We see social enterprise as a key way of enabling young people to learn the core skills they need to flourish and develop business and employability skills.. Here in Birmingham we run two business’,  Listen Threads and Gear Up. To find out more please click the links below.

Together We Can!

Together We Can! is a 3-year intergenerational, community-building project within the Firs & Bromford neighbourhood which we run with our partner, Open Door Community Foundation.  

It is partially funded by the Big Lottery and partially by Firs & Bromford Neighbours Together (Big Local funding). The project brings together youth work and adult-focused community-building work to maximise the opportunities for intergenerational (as well as cross-cultural) interaction and relationship-building, as we seek to support both young people and adults on a developmental journey from ‘first contact’, through ‘clearing obstacles’ and ‘pathways in to participation’, towards being able to ‘make meaningful contributions’ (within the neighbourhood and wider), and to develop skills, confidence and connections to initiate and lead their own groups and activities.

Across the two ‘age bands’ (young people and adults), TWC! pursues two parallel ‘strands’ of work: ‘street connecting’ (making connections with, and between, local people, and growing new forms of associational life from those connections), and ‘support and development’ (supporting local people to grow in the confidence, skills and connections needed to be able to participate in and contribute to the life of their neighbourhood, and wider).

Our 2019 Annual Review and Evaluation is now available.  Click here to download a summary and here to download the full report.

Our people

Jane Barrett

Branch Leader

Jane has been working for Worth Unlimited since 2006 and has been leading the Birmingham and Solihull branch with Dan since 2016. She is passionate about work with young women and creating entrepreneurial experiences and social enterprise with them. When she is not at Worth Unlimited she loves being with her family and running.

Dan Sandford-Smith

Branch Leader

Dan has worked for Worth Unlimited since 2009. Previously leading the development of youth work across Yardley, Dan became co-Branch leader in 2017 alongside Jane. He is passionate about seeing young people utilise their gifts, skills and talents - becoming real “change makers” within their communities.  He is married to Steph, has one daughter and loves coffee, cycling, rugby and photography.

Flo Berrow

Youth Worker (Barrier Removal)

Flo has been working with Worth Unlimited since 2013.  Much of Flo's work is one to one with young people (barrier removing). She finds this role extremely refreshing as there is always something new happening and you never know what your going to get from one day to the next. She is passionate about helping to make changes in young peoples lives and working towards shaping their future.

Stewart Boyle

Gear Up Mechanic/Youth Worker

Stewart has been involved with Worth in some shape or form since 2012. Starting off his journey as a young person engaging with clubs and activities, six years on he’s now a full time member of the Birmingham and Solihull team, running our bike social enterprise Gear Up. Stewart spends most of his time either riding bikes or fixing them. When he’s not at work he also enjoys the gym and plays several instruments.  

Clare Maclean

Youth Worker (Volunteer)

Clare is local resident who has grown up on the Bromford.  Clare has been a key volunteer for over 8 years, mainly helping with our Kids clubs, events and Youth drop in’s.  Clare loves face painting, helping out to keep her busy and has a real passion for local young people.

Contact

Dan Sandford-Smith
Jane Barrett 

The Hub
146 Bromford Drive
Birmingham
B36 8TY


Tel: 0121 448 3739
Email: dan.smith@worthunlimited.co.uk

jane.barrett@worthunlimited.co.uk

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