ABOUT THE UNIT:
The Unit is Salisbury's number 1 youth hub, located in a prime spot on the corner of Endless Street.
In March 2010 it was set up in an empty shop by a group of young people with the support of adult volunteers. The Unit is managed by young people for young people, aged 13 - 19. The Unit offers opportunities for young people to meet, find support, and enrich their lives.
The Unit broadly aims to use creative approaches to empower young people, engendering responsibility and a sense of agency. We respond to young people's own ideas and interests by setting up projects, programmes and events that they take an active ownership of. The Unit runs many fantastic projects encompassing, music, art and entrepreneurial skills.
One of our projects “The Teen Reviewer” is run in partnership with Salisbury International Arts festival, Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury Arts Centre, and provides access to events and encourages members to attend and review on gigs, events plays etc. and prepare newspaper articles for the local press to encourage the younger generation to attend more cultural offline experiences.
The Unit contracts a youth worker for 22 hours a week, but the team constitutes approximately 8 volunteers, including professionals and youth workers. Together they run the project 6 days a week, for 50 weeks of the year, providing a service to reach all young people in the Salisbury area.
The Unit has an active and engaged online community of young people engaging with over 2500 online followers over our social media platforms. We are currently averaging weekly drop-in of 60-80 YP per week. Adopting an all-inclusive policy allows the team to focus their attention on those that ask for help. The team responds directly to the immediate needs of young people of Salisbury.
The Unit works in partnership with schools, local businesses, arts and leisure providers, and other organisations that support or provide services for young people. Through its many projects and consultations the Unit has highlighted local issues and helped build bridges to address them.