Rural youth work in an inclusive and connected way

Developing
Opportunities
For Young People

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What does traye do?

Totnes Rural Area Youth Engagement (TRAYE) has been delivering community youth work and developing opportunities for young people in rural communities in South Hams and Teignbridge for the last 6 years.

Our work uses various methods of engagement ranging from, open access youth clubs, project work, such as environmental activities, our “Youth Can Make a Difference” Forum, outreach, and street-based work and 1:1 support for those identified as most vulnerable.

All of our Youth Club sessions are free and include free healthy snacks, drinks and a small sweet treats for all young people who attend. Sessions also include an educational activity, fun, games and lots of creativity!

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watch our social impact video to understand how we develop opportunities for young people

TOTNES youth can make a difference forum

In August 2021, TRAYE were given funding from the National Lottery to take this idea forward.

The Youth Can Make a Difference Forum continue to take action in their communities, most recently donating food to the Totnes Food Bank and discussing issues such as inequality and discrimination.

For young people aged 11+, Wednesday afternoons 3.30pm – 5pm, every 2 weeks at Kennicott Library.

Please contact Kerry McCabe: kmccabe.traye@gmail.com for more information.

“Being able to talk about things I can’t normally. I feel a lot safer there to talk about things and I feel we do actually make a difference as a group”
— Young Person from the YCMAD Forum —

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Dartington Youth Club

Dartington sessions happen every two weeks on a Wednesday evening and are delivered from the Dartington Village Hall, which is a large space with good facilities. 

We deliver quality youth work, in line with our Yearly Programme Plan and the main highlights include various games and educational quizzes during the winter months, Christmas celebrations and a mix of outdoor games, sports and picnics in the summer months.

The young people also love to cook, and this gives us a great opportunity to work with them around healthy food, diet, and budgeting for food.

Dartington Youth Club – For young people aged 8+, Wednesday evenings 6.30pm – 8pm, every 2 weeks at Dartington Village Hall.

Please contact Kerry McCabe: kmccabe.traye@gmail.com for more information.

“It has helped me to make me more confident and I’ve made more friends”
— Young Person from Dartington —

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Staverton Youth Club

Staverton Youth Club sessions take place on a Thursday evening and on a two-weekly basis, with sessions delivered in the Staverton Courtroom, Staverton Pavilion and Landscove Victory Hall.

This enables us to reach more young people and offer a wider scope of activities and settings.

We deliver activities such as Outdoor Education including nature walks, river swimming and outdoor ball games and picnics.

Staverton Youth Club – For young people aged 8+, Thursday evenings 6.30pm – 8pm, every 2 weeks at Staverton Courtroom (Autumn/ Wintertime), Landscove Victory Hall (Springtime) and Staverton Pavilion (Summertime).

Please contact Laura Hamlyn: lshamlyn.traye@gmail.com for more information.

“Yes, I love coming to youth club as I get to go out and see people which is a big change for me as where I live is off grid”
— young person from Staverton —

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Marldon Youth Club

The Marldon Youth Club runs every two weeks on a Friday evening at the Marldon Village Hall.

There is older age group that attends this Youth Club (12-16 years) and this has meant that we have been able to get into some really useful ‘Issue Based’ work with them. We have explored issues such as anxiety, mental health, self-injury (formerly known as self-harm) and awareness around drug and alcohol use.

Marldon Youth Cafe – For young people aged 11+, Friday evenings 6pm – 7.30pm, every 2 weeks at Marldon Village Hall.

Please contact Kerry McCabe: kmccabe.traye@gmail.com for more information.

“Very impressed with the Marldon Youth Club and want to thank everyone involved”
— Parent/Carer from Marldon —

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Rattery Youth Club

Rattery Youth Club runs every two weeks on a Monday evening at Rattery Village Hall.

Young people have really felt the benefit of this project, saying they enjoyed it and have learnt new skills.

There have been outcomes around improved confidence and better mental health – in terms of having new strategies to improve well-being. Also collaborating with each other and working together.

Rattery Youth Club – For young people aged 8+, Monday evenings 5.15pm – 6.45pm every 2 weeks at Rattery Village Hall.

Please contact Adele Marshall: amarshall.traye@gmail.com for more information.

“It's just so much fun coming to youth club and seeing my friends, sometimes I don’t normally get to see them because of where I live – it's pretty remote you see, and I can sometimes feel lonely”
— Young person from Rattery —

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Habertonford Youth Project

Harbertonford Youth Project runs every two weeks on a Thursday evening at Harbertonford Village Hall.

This is a fun and vibrant session, young people really seem to value this opportunity to socialise in safety, meet new friends and speak to the youth work team.

The young people that attend are very creative and love to be involved in lots of arts and crafts-based activities. Also, we have regular music-based sessions, where a local young man brings his DJ equipment.

Harbertonford Youth Project – For young people aged 8+, Thursday evenings 6.15pm – 7.45pm, every 2 weeks at Harbertonford Village Hall.

Please contact Laura Hamlyn: lshamlyn.traye@gmail.com for more information.

“Everything is great, there is nothing I would do to improve things, I learn new things every time and like to help others to learn and explore too”
— young person from Harbertonford —

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Buckfastleigh Youth Wellbeing Café

The Buckfastleigh Youth Wellbeing Café offers a holistic programme of sessions to young people aged 11 -19 years.

The delivery of this project includes weekly youth work sessions on a Wednesday evening.

Buckfastleigh Youth Well-Being Cafe – For young people aged 11+, Wednesday evenings 6.30pm – 8.30pm, every week at Inspire Interventions on Old Totnes Road.

Please contact Laura Hamlyn: lshamlyn.traye@gmail.com for more information.

“The sessions are fun, and the activities are good, cooking new stuff every week like food from all around the world”. Other comments were, “being able to rely on the worker” and another told us; “it has changed my life”
— Young person – Buckfastleigh —

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Trips and Activities

Every year TRAYE carries out a wide range of different trips and activities.

Recent examples have included:

For more information or to submit a request contact us.

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School Holiday Provision

During School Holidays we provide fun and engaging trips and activities which we ask young people choose.

So far we have enjoyed: Quay West, Woodlands Leisure Park, Adrenaline Trampoline Park and Plymouth Ski Slope.

We also like to explore our local surroundings and learn about the environment we live in, such as nature walks and bushcraft at Pondfield in Dartington and learning about permaculture at New Future’s Academy in Littlehempston.

For more information or to submit a request contact us.