This month’s Director’s Chair comes from Business Development Director, Barrie Voyce

In our youth centres September’s theme has been Level Up recognising that at this time of year there’s lot of changes in young people’s lives.

Sometimes it is about the big moves. Moving from primary to secondary school, starting studying for GCSEs, starting at a 6th Form or College, or moving on into work or living alone.
For others although it’s smaller, just another new school year it is still an opportunity to re-set and start again.
One of our key values at The Door is bringing Hope For The Future, this can be seen across all our services and Level Up is all about that too.
Regardless of what the last weeks, months or year entailed, a new year is an opportunity to “Level Up” and focus on the future with fresh hope.
During the summer Sarah and Tash have been running The Door Step programme – specifically designed for those young people moving up from primary to secondary school. The adventure of transition from year 6 to 7 has been tackled with fun, games, discussions and even a trip on the bus. As well as 1:1 emotional support and lots of great tips and strategies for taking on their first term.
3 weeks into the new year and every participant has started in Year 7 with confidence and determination. Levelling Up in style.
Elsewhere Sessional Youthworker Isak has levelled up, taking over from John as the Community Youthwork Coordinator for Stroud – get to know him here, LB Bentley’s team levelled up from a 3rd place finish in last year’s Raft Race to storm to victory on the Stroud Canal (Read More) and the Family Support team have levelled up having just completed their biggest ever training course with 20 volunteers joining our Door Team later this month.
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Staying at home in Social Isolation is taking its toll on all of us. Whether you’re a young person struggling with learning at home and missing your friends or a parent trying to juggle the demands of working from home and educating your children, The Door understands where you’re coming from. We are the leading youth charity in Stroud with nearly 30 years experience of supporting young people and their families when times get tough. One of our highly skilled professionals is there for you.

In order to protect the identity of the young person /parent in our stories some details including names and places may have been changed

Directors Chair – Barrie Voyce

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