Navigators on Hold During Covid 19 Crisis
At this difficult time, Navigators has, along with all other youth organisations, had to close its doors for the duration.
Navigators will be back when it is safe to do so. That may or may not be at the same time as schools go back. It is difficult to maintain social distancing at a youth group doing the activities that we do.
Rest assured that we will do what is best for our youth members.
In the meantime, anyone interested in joining in future should still contact us with their details and we can add them to the mailing list for notification when we re-open.
As always, please, all stay safe.
Navigators Learn About The Youth Council
Michelle Ross from Kirklees Youth Council came to Upper Dearne Valley Navigators on Thursday and introduced members to the Kirklees Youth Council.
The session discussed yout interests, democracy and how politics impacts on everything that we do.
The aim of the visit was to help develop interest in giving young people a voice in the community, to encourage them to raise isues with their local council representatives and be active members of democracy in our society.
Thank you Michelle Ross for an interesting and thought provoking evening. More youth organisations should take up Michelle's offer to come and meet with their young people.
Navigators Look to Build its Adult Team
Upper Dearne Valley Navigators has grown from an idea to a fully functioning and stable youth group, one of the largest in the area in the space of just four years. The group is now looking to grow from its original team by adding new adults to help with the growth of the group.
There are many options for adults wishing to volunteer.
Trustee Role - As a registered charity, Navigators need to have a board of Trustees. Currently, all our Trustees are actively involved in the running of meetings, with the exception of our Secretary. We would like to add two new parent trustees. or perhaps an outsider with an interest in seeing the group grow.
The Trustee role requires attendance at around 10 meetings each year. These meetings are regular and are kept short because the regular meetings mean that business is always being monitored and issues are not allowed to develop. Essentially, the Trustee role is about managing the group, rather than running youth sections, so, if someone wishes to assist but is not keen on working with young people directly, then this is an ideal role.
Section Leader - This is the hands-on part. Here it can be in a supporting role - that extra pair of eyes, or taking control of the section for a game, or an activity, or perhaps taking on the whole section. We have two distinct sections at present : Junior Navigators - age 7 - 10, and Navigators aged 10 - 18. However, there is scope to ad a "Meerkats" section from 5 - 7 years, and to split the Navigators to create a Navigator Mentor section 15 - 18 years.
Activity Leader - Do you have a specialist skill? Any skill? Car Mechanic, IT wizard, Artist, Kayaking, Climbing, Hillwalking, Caving, Sailing, etc.? If you have and you would like to help Navigators out by joining us as a skills instructor, then please do contact us.
All of the above require a DBS Check*. All will require some Safeguarding Training and First Aid Training will be offered to all who work with our young people.
* DBS Check - Every applicant working with young people unsupervised, or on more than one session per month will require a DBS check. Please be aware that we are not interested in dusty old cautions or convictions for shoplifting, or the hazards of a misspent youth.
Conviction or Caution for a Sex Offence would be a complete bar to working with the Group.