Summer in the skate park

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Jemma with young people on a not-so-sunny evening in the Sherborne skate park

Jemma with young people on a not-so-sunny evening in the Sherborne skate park

This summer we ran a successful outreach programme at the Sherborne skatepark.   Jemma Turner, our senior youthworker extraordinaire, and Stu Moore our music specialist visited the popular skatepark in Blackberry Lane twice a week over the summer months.  The team met lots of familiar faces and plenty of news ones too.  Whilst there they’ve played football; played tag wearing ‘beer goggles’ provided by Shadows, the substance misuse service, and engaged in some challenging conversations about life, relationships, confidence and the future.

After some negative press reporting about the behaviour of young people in the skate park we were pleased to find it unfounded and were welcomed warmly by the young people who hang out there. Jemma said, “The young people we’ve met have been really happy to talk and spend time with us.  At the end of the day, we want them to go away knowing that although we might not condone some behaviours we will always be there for them if they need help in any way and don’t know where to turn.”   

We ran the project to promote what we do and find out more about the issues affecting young people in the area and offer help. A huge thanks also go to the Safer Dorset Fund for providing the grant needed to run the project.

We are really grateful to volunteers Tracey and Ally, our trustee and ex-youthworker, Pempy and Steph from Shadows, Dorset’s young person’s alcohol and substance misuse service who also joined some of the sessions.