We are still here and as busy as always supporting young people who need our help. We want to do our bit to restrict the spread of the Delta variant whilst ensuring we provide the best services possible for young people.
Although restrictions are easing we will be continuing to take a cautious approach to service delivery in the coming months. As always we will be keeping up-to-date with the latest guidance and recommendations, encouraging people of all ages to accept the vaccination and within the centre maintaining social distancing, keeping up with cleaning programme and recommending people wear masks where it is prudent to do so.
We are now delivering some face to face learning and mental health support sessions in the centre and in school. Our young parents’ groups are getting back to normal and we continue to be available by phone, email, Zoom and other online systems for those we can’t meet in person.
From 6th September 2021
Sherborne Centre & Offices – In an attempt to avoid ‘overloading’ the building with people staff will continue to work flexibly from home with Thursday being the prime ‘staff day’ in the centre for meetings etc. The main telephone system will be operational again from the 6th (01935 814496) – mobiles will still be used.
Mental health and wellbeing – This will continue to be provided in schools, from the Rendezvous centre in Sherborne and also by telephone or online where that is preferred. The Discovery Project targeting young people with anxiety will run on Thursday afternoons by appointment.
Learning – Learning sessions will be taking place in the centre in Sherborne and in Yeovil. We are mindful of the poor ventilation in our Sherborne building and so learning sessions will be spread throughout the day by appointment (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Sessions in Yeovil will continue to take place on Tuesday.
Young Parents – Groups are back to normal! The groups are running in Sherborne (Cheap Street Church Hall – Wednesdays 12.30 – 2.30) and Gillingham (Gillingham Youth Centre – Thursdays 10.00 – 12.00). Home visits are now possible for those with health visitor referrals. Telephone and online support is available where preferred.
Advice and information – This can be provided on a one to one basis in person (by appointment) or by phone.
Outreach – Gillingham and Shaftesbury programmes will continue to run on Thursdays. Sherborne outreach programme will draw to a close in mid-September.
Drop-in – ‘old-style’ drop in sessions have not been running since the pandemic began and from September the Friday afternoon slot will be formally replaced by targeted group work (see below).
Bekah’s Kitchen – The Friday afternoon cooking session is being revived by Bekah and Josh. It will run as a targeted six-week project for those under 18 (or still in sixth form college) with participation by invitation only.
To reflect the increase in one to one work which is now the majority of our work, we are also making some changes to the building in order to give us more dedicated space to hold individual sessions and help us make better use of the space.
Don’t be a stranger. If you’re aged 13 to 25 and in need of a listening ear or advice or guidance to resolve practical problems or to get an English and Maths qualification please get in touch. We know the coronavirus crisis is making life harder for everyone but we are still here for you.
Our lockdown achievements: April – December 2020
Young people supported
Total help sessions
Mental health sessions
We will continue to monitor and review the situation and are looking forward to seeing everyone in person as soon as it is safe to do so.
Please note that the general Rendezvous phone number is not currently taking answerphone messages but you can contact the team by phone or email using the numbers and forms on the relevant service pages – go to our main young people page to see all of them.
If your enquiry is about funding or management then please go to our main contact page.
Please note that the team are only available within normal working hours and may not be able to get back to you immediately.
Emergencies and urgent support
We do not offer an out of hours service and in case of an emergency you should always call 999. You can also contact these organisations for emotional support if you are feeling depressed:
Childline – phone: 0800 1111
The Samaritans – phone: 116 123 for emotional support, 24 hours a day
We wish you and your friends and family well in these extraordinary times and hope to see you all soon.