A partnership between Thrive Together Birmingham and Worth Unlimited, the concept came out of gatherings of local youth workers wanting to resource & increase the youth provision across the city. Each church or project commits to provide a safe space for young people to gather at the same time every week, running on principles similar to those of Places of Welcome, now a national network but which also began in Birmingham.
Steve Hirst, the Safe Spaces Development Worker, outlines the vision for the network:
“We believe that every neighbourhood should have a welcoming space where young people feel safe to connect, participate and build positive relationships. Each Safe Space will be different depending on the context in which it is located & the people running it. These spaces can be buildings, parks, sports clubs, multi-use games areas (MUGA’s). The network is held together by core values & principles to which the host will sign up. Each Safe Space will have a Coordinator acting as a point of contact, connecting with other local Safe Spaces and being part of the network of Safe Spaces.”
- Do you have an existing drop-in style activity for young people and would be interested in joining the Safe Spaces network?
- Do you have a community building and/or volunteers and would be interested in setting up a new Safe Space?
- Are you part of an organisation who may value youth work training for workers/volunteers? Do you have links to people who might value connecting with a Safe Space?