When thinking about the future, it is important to look at some of the current work and success stories in Scotland to help us direct our focus
The following guest blog from the Corner in Dundee does just that.
Guest blog by Manjeet Gill (Corner Co-ordinator), Francinne Carnegie (Community Learning and development worker) and Amy Miller (Health Promotion Worker).
The Corner is in its 19th full year of operation. Over the years The Corner has consistently provided services and educational programmes to young people based on their identified health needs/trends. The Corner staff team have worked closely with partner agencies to maximise resources in order to deliver all its services through Drop-in, on an outreach basis and Healthy Transition programmes. Through listening to feedback from young people and partners, The Corner has continued to review and refine its services to meet the ever changing complex needs of local young people. During this year, The Corner has further opportunities to develop and deliver enhanced Sexual and Mental Health services as well as delivering peer- led opportunities in Secondary schools, feeder primaries and communities.
What The Corner offers:
- Range of contraception and pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and support.
- Health Promotion and Information on a wide range of topics including drugs, housing and relationships.
- Individual Support on a range of issues relevant to young people at their pace
- Support to access legal advice, training & employment services
- Access to PCs and internet
- Events and Support/Interest based opportunities focusing on a wide range of issues and needs
- Outreach with young people in schools, colleges and community bases
- Local base for LGBT Development Worker and Addaction Substance Misuse Worker
- The Peer-led Service’s Healthy Transitions Team trains S2 pupils in all High Schools to deliver a programme focussing on risk-taking behaviour to P7 pupils in the associated cluster schools.
The benefits of what we provide:
The Corner ethos places young people at the heart of what we do, through continual development of services by involving young people in consultation and focus groups. The benefit of this approach is that young people feel heard and valued – therefore they feel comfortable accessing all Corner services. In line with department of health criteria for young people friendly health services The Corner strives to respond to young people’s needs. For example, through survey monkey statistics we were able to establish that there was an decrease in young vulnerable people accessing the service as there was a higher number of professional and students coming through the drop in service. It was becoming difficult to offer a safe and welcoming environment for young people requiring intensive support, therefore, after months of analysis and feedback from young people, The Corner partnership management group decided to change the age range for all services to 11-19.Those aged 20-25 will be encouraged to contact the Corner for more information, if they are assessed as in crisis or vulnerable they will be either seen or signposted.
For more information please visit www.thecorner.co.uk
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