Mary’s Youth Club has offered an open access youth provision for decades and now finds itself among a minority of providers that offers this type of youth work to young people. At the same time, the nature of youth work practice has changed In recent years, as have the needs of young people. Combine this with the advances in youth work practice and the demands of the state, open-access youth provision is required to also provide an element of targeted interventions. Our approach allows Mary’s youth club to continue its work of offering a universal provision alongside the much-needed support required by young people. At Mary’s, this is a progressive programme of activities in which participants engage over a period of time. Here is an example of what our balanced programme looks like over the course of a year:

Balanced Programme