Our Detached youth work programme, OnTheStreet runs on Friday and Saturday nights. The detached work seeks to engage with young people who don’t engage with traditional forms of youth work, “meeting them where they’re at” and working towards an understanding of the needs of young people who gather in Paisley town centre. OnTheStreet allows youth workers to develop supportive relationships with young people who may be otherwise isolated and at risk.
The work does not initially focus on ‘outreach’ or enticing young people into current provision, but aims to develop new avenues of engagement with these young people as a response to their expressed need. We hope that by being present on the streets of Paisley we will be able to gain an understanding of the needs of young people who spend time in and around Paisley town centre in order to develop ongoing youth work provision.