Case Example: Right Here Sheffield
“I like the therapeutic element of the youth work programmes. Both Cage the Rage and Building Bridges have a therapy element as well as awarenessraising work. I think that’s quite unique.”
– Staff member, Right Here Sheffield
Right Here Sheffield’s integration of youth and mental health work
Through the recruitment of therapists alongside more traditional youth worker roles, Right Here Sheffield developed a number of projects and initiatives that were able to incorporate therapeutic techniques within youth group work settings. This enabled a cross-fertilisation of ideas and processes to take place across the two specialisms (mental health and youth work), adding strength and diversity to both. Local commissioners have also indicated that they value the degree of flexibility as well as the cost-effectiveness this approach brings.
There are good indications that this approach will be continued through local commissions.