What’s Youngsmith about?

The Youngsmith programme is a chance for you to try new things that will help you stay active and healthy.  The programme last between 8-12 weeks depending on what we can do for you. It is a roll on, roll off programme, so you can apply at any time. You can set up a meet here: http://www.youngsmith.co.uk/sign-up

You’ll work on YoungSmith with other people like you and you’ll learn about all sorts of practical useful things.  You’ll be able to try your hand at things like going to the gym, cooking, among other things, and through these activities you’ll learn about your own strengths, how others see you and how to get on well with the other people on the programme.

You’ll keep a record of what you achieve and at the end of it you’ll have some qualifications.

What’s in the SVQ units?

The first thing to say about the SVQ units is that it’s really just about keeping a record of what you do on Youngsmith, and setting yourself realistic goals that you can achieve by the end of the programme, so you can be given credit for what you achieve.  The two units are:

Personal awareness: This is about understanding yourself.  We all have things about ourselves we would like to do a little differently or maybe a bit better.  This is about figuring out what those things are for you.  GYC staff will chat regularly with you to help figure this out and help you when it comes to getting things written down for the SVQ unit.

Health Choices: This is all about learning what’s good for you and what isn’t.  Taking part in activities like going to the gym and cooking will give you a taste of some things that are good for you.  You’ll also work with GYC staff to identify things that aren’t so good for you and figure out if there’s anything you can stop doing to help you become healthier.

GYC staff will help with writing down what you want to achieve and keeping track of your progress.


It’s essential that you show up every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for Youngsmith.  We want you to do well and get your SVQ qualifications at the end of it, and we can only help you do that if you show up every day.

You’ll also be entitled to some money for attending but this depends on you being there every session and attending for fifteen hours per week.

Being on time

It’s also really important to be here on time because the activities you’ll be doing will be arranged for certain times.  If people show up late it means activities might end up starting late or could even be missed entirely, so you must be at GYC, ready to start by 930am every day.

How we treat each other

We all deserve to be treated with respect and consideration by other people.  This means you, others on the programme and GYC staff should all expect this from each other.

So what does it mean to treat someone with respect and consideration?  Basically it means give some thought to the person or people you’re around and think about how the things you do and say might affect them.  Will it affect them in a bad way or a good way?

A few points to stick to around this are:

  • Don’t look at your phone during sessions. It’s good manners to pay attention to what other people are saying when you’re part of a group.
  • If someone else is speaking, listen to what they have to say. If you want to say something as well, wait until the other person is finished.
  • No aggressive behavior. This means no shouting, respect of other people’s personal space and no physical aggression.
  • Follow any instructions given by GYC staff. We’re here to help you through the programme and make sure you’re safe while you’re with us.  We can help you do this best if you’re willing to do what is asked of you.

Activities and what you need to wear

You’ll be doing lots of different things on Youngsmith both indoors and out, so it’s a good idea to wear comfortable practical clothes that you can move easily in.  For outdoor activities you’ll need a comfortable pair of shoes that you can walk a reasonable distance in.  For the gym or any other sporting activities you’ll need a t shirt, shorts/tracksuit bottoms and a pair of trainers.

We will let you know what activities you’ll be doing beforehand so you know what to wear.  If you’re worried that you might not have the right clothes for a certain activity, let one of the GYC team know and we’ll do what we can to help.

What happens after Youngsmith?

This really depends on what you want to happen.  At the end of the programme, you will have proved to yourself and everyone around you that you’re capable of making good choices and changing your life for the better.  You’ll also have some recognised SVQ qualifications.

This could help you get a college place, a job or perhaps some sort of volunteer work.  It really depends what you want to do.  If you’re not sure what you want to do at the end of the programme, we’re here to help you figure that out as well.