YMCA Mendip

Youth workers online (Y.W.O.)

The Y.W.O. is a revolutionary idea aimed to create and develop a service where youth workers are trained to reach young people in Somerset via social media. Face to face support for young people is becoming more difficult. 65% of young people are sat at home digitally connecting with others!

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1074660)

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To provide a safe environment and support for young people both in real life and online. Those who are using Social Media and online platforms can face many challenges including: staying safe online, grooming, sexual exploitation and the sharing of material which both incites serious incidents of violence in real life. Other serious issues highlighted by the media recently have been around racial and religious hatred, gang violence, cyberbullying, sexting, encouraging county lines.


The Y.W.O. project will provide support, advice and help address the challenges young people face online. In the report “The real roots of youth violence” Social Media is a Catalyst and Trigger for Youth Violence Criminologist, youth worker and university tutor Craig Pinkney recommends “Intervention - Where appropriate, professionals working with young people should actively use social media (particularly online content that is fully public) to better inform and support their frontline practice