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We work alongside Young Devon in a number of ways. Some of their staff are co-located with ours. We seek to complement each other’s services and regularly communicate at a leadership level to jointly consider how we can best deliver training across the sector, identify gaps in provision and improve our referral processes between service areas.
We have been supported by Daisi for many years now, initially through our music & peer education project ‘The Collective’. Long-time collaborators, Daisi are interested in seeing how well art-based activity can inspire change and opportunity for children in challenging circumstances. They are a fierce advocate for musical inclusion and we are proud to name them amongst our friends.
The Children’s Society deliver a range of services for young people across the country. Locally they operate out of Torbay, yet many of their CSE workers and counsellors work out of space* buildings across Devon, which are all designed to be young-people friendly. Our workers and theirs liaise closely to offer the best possible solutions for distinct groups of young people.
Our key partners VOYC are a Devon wide infrastructure organisation who provide support to children’s and young people’s organisation. They are co-located with space* at our central offices in Exeter. We increasingly ‘dovetail’ our support offer to voluntary organisations so that between us, we deliver safeguarding and other training, distribute grants (through a process run by young people), advise Management Committees and Councils, provide equipment, have youth workers who work alongside local volunteers, hold annual conferences for the sector and do more wherever we can.
Our Centre in Dawlish (Red Rock) is one of the newest and largest youth centres in the South West. It was originally built with MyPlace funding, Dawlish Town Council funding and significant contributions from Devon County Council. Over recent years, DAY Trustees have kept youth work operating from the centre, despite funding challenges and other uncertainties. Since we established space*, we have worked hand in hand with DAY to strive to see Red Rock achieve its potential. Space* uses the building to deliver part of our Chances Education Support Services.
Our workers at all levels contribute to DCC’s Early Help agenda, Educational attainments and other areas of work such as Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Safeguarding.
Specifically our workers and managers contribute or lead at Early Help triage meetings, Multi-Agency Child Sexual Exploitation (MACSE) processes, Early Help Operational Managers forums, the work of the DSCB, Locality Alliance groups, Seldom Heard meetings, Young Carers’ forums, Workforce Development meeting and others. In ever changing times we prioritise contributing wherever we can if it means young people and their communities seeing improved services.
We also receive 1-2-1 referrals from DCC staff of young people with particular needs, so that we can use our expertise to unlock some of the barriers they often face.