Welcome to Kinetic
Kinetic…Specialising in Youth Work in Youth Justice
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Kinetic is a not-for-profit organisation that uses youth work methodologies to support young people to improve their lives. We work with those in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the youth justice system.
Primarily, we deliver Youth Work Services for young people housed within the secure estate. We build voluntary relationships with young people and support them to try new things, gain new skills and gain information that will help them understand their world better. The support we offer depends on what the young people want and need, and continues as long as they want it to support them to re engage within their lives, their community and create a better future for themselves.
We provide consultancy, training and direct delivery to Youth Offending Institutes, Youth Offending Services, schools and colleges, Integrated/Youth Services and other local, national and public sector organisations.
We specialise in youth work in youth justice and using interactive, participative group work methodologies, we focus on increasing youth participation, providing accreditation and developing peer mentoring.
To positively impact on the lives of young people through good quality youth work, protecting and preserving their rights, reducing disadvantage and challenging issues within the youth justice system.
Find out more
There are a number of videos you can watch to find out more about us.
Emily Thomas, Governor, HMYOI Cookham Wood.
Tanya Edwards, YOT Manager, Lewisham Council.
Kinetic, The Journey
An aspirational film about reaching for the future.
A Recipe for a Cup of Tea
Young people’s words about how youth work and Kinetic can help, and a view of the Kinetic Community Café in Gillingham.
Kinetic’s aim is to work with young people to develop their skills, knowledge and experiences and provide them with support to enable them to access services that they can benefit from and that can improve their lives.
Kinetic understand the variety of challenges that young people face in today’s society. For those who do not find the support they need from services available and, as a result, find themselves in, or at risk of being in the youth justice system, we believe there is still hope.
Youth work methodologies have been proven to successfully support young people to fulfil their potential and go on to achieve success in their lives. Using these methodologies Kinetic aims to provide a service that:
- Enables young people to develop skills and increase confidence to engage more positively in their own lives
- Support young people to bridge the gap between their needs and accessing services available to them to meet their needs
- Provide educational opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding to achieve things they wish to
Often, young people who end up in the secure estate do so because they have not received the right support for them, or because they’ve gotten into situations they can’t get out of. Kinetic does not judge any young person on what they’ve done; we work with them to achieve what they want to achieve.
We work with young whenever they need us, in court, in reviews, in prison, on license, going home or at home. We can help young people to identify what can help them, what they’ll enjoy and support them with the things they need to do.
What We Do
Kinetic specialise in delivery in the following areas:
- Youth Work In Youth Offending Institutes (YOIs)
Kinetic provide a bespoke Youth Service including positive constructive activities, evening and weekend provision, skill development and experiential learning, 121 support, accreditation and awards, youth council development, generic and specific social clubs/groups, focused workshops and community projects to support release on temporary license and resettlement back into the community.
The voluntary relationship with youth workers supports young people to learn and grow through their engagement. With this learning, growth and support from a youth worker, they can better understand their world, engage more positively, and access vital support services required to enhance their resettlement.
Not only does this service respond directly to individual needs, it supports and promotes all service delivery, and plays a vital role in behaviour management for the establishment.
- Supporting Resettlement
Kinetic have a number of partners who we work closely with in the community. Kinetic are able to maintain an established relationship with young people post release to continue the support and skill development young people need to engage. Using these relationships with young people Kinetic work with partners to develop and promote community opportunities for young people, to support engagement within these opportunities pre and post release.
- Youth Participation
Kinetic train young people on representation and participation, and support them to work with adults to improve services for young people. Kinetic deliver this within the secure estate and have supported young people’s councils’ to work with senior management teams of YOIs. Kinetic also deliver participation work within the community supporting young people to have their say, improve service and make changes that benefit them and other young people in communities.
Kinetic also ensure that young people’s views are at the heart of the organisation and its development. Young people are trained and involved in the recruitment of all staff. We have Young Advisors who advise managers and prioritise the organisations’ development, and we employ young people as peer mentors and apprentices.
- Peer Mentoring
Everything Kinetic deliver works on a peer mentoring model. Young people are encouraged to support other young people to gain knowledge and skills and to leaner from each other. Young people are supported to become peer mentors within establishments in clubs and groups, in relation to specific projects work, out in the community and when young people are leaving and need some additional support from someone they can relate to, who really gets it!
- Violence Reduction
Kinetic understand the sociological and biological issues the young men we work with face. Violence comes hand on hand with their experiences, learned behaviour, testosterone, a lack of consequential thinking, and of course, their current residential circumstances. Kinetic use all our delivery as a behaviour management tool, but in addition, have developed a specific violence reduction programme.
This programme uses the youth work methodology to support experts in victim awareness, gangs, violence and anger to explore issues and support learning in a safe environment. The youth work relationships promote positive choices and using peer mentoring, support young people to promote other ways of addressing issues
The work Kinetic carries out is broadly broken down into 3 key areas:
Kinetic can deliver any/all aspects of youth work to any groups of young people using interactive participative workshops, young people focused activities and outdoor education programmes and residentials. All delivery is bespoke and designed with the organisation to meet their needs.
Kinetic can provide training for workers in relation to youth work, youth participation, group work, accreditation, youth justice, and resettlement, to name a few. Training programmes are bespoke and designed with the organisation to meet their needs.
Kinetic can provide consultancy to any organisation in the field of youth work, youth participation and youth work within youth justice. Consultancy services are bespoke and designed with the organisation to meet their needs.
Contact us for a free exploratory meeting.
In addition to the core team, Kinetic employ a number of part time workers whose knowledge and experience varies, but who all want to work with young people to support them to improve their lives. Each of these workers works for Kinetic to deliver our vision as a single team.
Kinetic are committed to maximizing resources to provide the best services for young people and that’s why we always deliver in partnership with other organisations. Currently our partners are:
- HMP Rochester
This project is two fold: Kinetic work with adults across the prison to train them in youth work, they then volunteer in our projects; Kinetic also deliver a transition club for Young Offenders (18‒21) who have recently moved from the young people’s estate to the adult estate.
- HMP ISIS
This is a new project for Kinetic Youth, due to start in October 2016, the project will work with Young Offenders (18‒21) within the establishment, providing a support service to empower, engage and enthuse individuals, helping to make their experiences more positive working towards a successful resettlement.
- HMYOI Wetherby
Wetherby is one of our newest education contracts, but the biggest in size and our first piece of work in Wetherby. We have an enthusiastic and vibrant team developing delivery to support engagement in education for all young men across the establishment.
- HMYOI Feltham
This is one of our newest education projects, we are working in partnership with Prospects to deliver an informal pathway to support our formal educator partner to engage more young people into mainstream education.
- HMYOI Cookham Wood
Our first ever project that started back in 2010, we deliver a range of informal activities to support existing provision. Over 52 hours of delivery is facilitated during evenings, weekends, daytime and holidays. The activities include youth club, youth council, induction, various accreditation schemes, ROTL and more.
We also deliver in partnership with NOVUS education provider, to support young men with their learning. Kinetic deliver a bespoke alternative education programme that includes group work and one to one. We work with those young men to build esteem, empower and increase their engagement into mainstream education pathways.
- HMYOI Werrington
We have been present here since 2013, delivering a range of activities, to increase engagement in education and daily regime. Sessions are facilitated during evenings, weekends, daytime and holidays. The activities include youth club, youth council, induction, various accreditation schemes, mediation, ROTL and more.
We deliver in partnership with NOVUS education provider, to support young men with their learning. Kinetic deliver a bespoke alternative education programme that includes group work and one to one. We work with those young men to build esteem, empower and increase their engagement into mainstream education pathways.
- Project Oracle
Kinetic is a Standard 1 validated project with Project Oracle.
You can read more at http://project-oracle.com/projects/info/kinetic-youth
Our previous work includes the following:
- Kinetic Community Café
This exciting project provided young men who are housed in or being released from Cookham Wood and other local young people with the opportunity to work in a café and gain qualifications and experience in this working environment as within a community.
- Kinetic Outdoor Allotment Project
This partnership project enabled young men from Cookham Wood or local young people to develop an allotment where they can plant and grow veggies or develop outdoor projects (shed building) to gain skills and experiences and provide things that local community members can benefit from.
- HMYOI Warren Hill
This project delivered over 30 hours a week to all young men and was developed from the Cookham Wood Model.
- HMYOI Downview
A short, but successful project enabled Kinetic’s work to expand to work with females within the secure estate. Whilst the project didn’t continue as the establishment closed, the relationships with young people were maintained as they were released.
- Stoke City Football Club
Working in partnership with the Community Trust of the football club, Kinetic are able to develop community projects for young people on release from custody or as part of their resettlement.
Measuring the impact of our work is very important. Kinetic can evidence the success of our approach with the following impact information.
- 100% engagement in Kinetic generic service
- High number of qualifications and accreditations gained through AQA, DofE, food hygiene and more
- Significant long term engagement from young people previously disengaged
- 26% reoffending rate from those who worked with Kinetic post release (compared to 75% national average)
- Reduction of numbers of incidents on association from a few every week to three in over three years during Kinetic youth club
- 15% increase in engagement in formal eduction for education refusers post Kinetic interventions
- 26% engagement in employment post Kinetic interventions (older young men)
CYP Now Features Kinetic
Kinetic’s work has been featured in Children and Young People Now on a number of occasions. Some of these articles are linked below.
Kinetic and Asda’s Development Day
After donating funds and workers’ time to the Kinetic Outdoor Allotment Project, Kinetic and Asda workers worked with young people and made an amazing job of developing the project and putting up a greenhouse.
Thank you Asda!
Theme Park Reward for Busy Volunteers
Kinetic involve children and young people in their recruitment and selection processes and, after a busy month of recruiting, rewarded their volunteers with a trip to Alton Towers.
Kinetic Acknowledged Three Years Running
Kinetic have been highlighted as a service making a positive impact in HMIP inspections in 2012 at HMYOI Cookham Wood, 2013 in HMYOI Warren Hill and 2014 in HMYOI Werrington.
Kinetic also provides access to the following documents in PDF format:
- Youth work alongside education. E. Horner-Aird, plublished by The Institute for Youth Work, 2016.
- Youth work in the secure estate. E. Horner-Aird, plublished by The Institute for Youth Work, 2015.
- Organisational Chart by Establishment
- Kinetic Youth Ltd Development Plan 2015/2016
- Kinetic Youth Ltd Accounts 2015/2016
We’d like to hear from you. Drop us a line by phone or email, and visit our social media pages to stay up-to-date with our latest work.