What we do
Oban Youth Café is a small community charity, established in June 2001. We strive to offer good quality youth work provision for the young people in our community.
The youth café premises offers young people a place to come to and call their own, a place to hang out, meet friends, cook, play pool and over time build up relationships with our experienced youth work staff.
Our youth workers use informal education methods to help young people gain confidence, develop protective factors and build resilience.
With the underpinning aim of enabling young people to improve the quality of their lives, raise their aspirations and reduce their chance of becoming involved in risky behaviours, particularly young people facing disadvantage. We also endeavour to include disabled young people and those with additional support needs.
We provide activities for young people 49 weeks of the year, delivered by 4 part-time youth workers and one part-time project coordinator who combined together work the equivalent of one full-time and one part-time job and last year we provided over 300 activities for 250 young people.
When young people arrive at the youth café they are always given a friendly welcome, youth workers make a big effort to make them feel comfortable and valued.
However, we don’t just expect young people to come to us. Therefore, we routinely go into the community to meet them. We go to the High School, Rockfield Primary School and Atlantis Leisure. Where appropriate, we work with other organisations to reach young people and we work together with partners to identify young people who could benefit from being involved in OYC, including taking referrals.
This approach to identifying young people is very much enhanced by the extent of joint working that goes in our community and we are able to sign post young people to other services that they may find useful.
To ensure that all young people can access our services we provide free and low cost activities and we provide wheelchair accessible premises and an accessible toilet.
We aim to focus on young people strengths and abilities and build on these, using an assets based approach. We encourage them to try new things and push themselves out of their comfort zones. We ask them to be thoughtful towards each other and youth workers lead by example.