Youth Projects

Participation Works uses creative ways to engage with young people from all socio-economic backgrounds utilising sports, games, art and workshops to support and develop skills whilst maintaining a safe environment where young people can have fun and thrive.

The majority of our work is around key issues such as alcohol, drugs, ASB, sexual health, employability, emotional health and well-being.

Service Aims

  • Improve self-esteem, confidence and social skills
  • Encourage participation in positive activities
  • Give young people a voice
  • Interaction with positive role models
  • Homework support, careers advice, CV writing, job/college applications
  • Empower and raise aspirations
  • Improving relationships between young people and wider community
  • Improve behaviour and attitudes
  • improving sexual health and relationships


Our projects are bespoke to each community and organisation we work with. We deliver youth work sessions, after school clubs, detached youth work and outreach, homework clubs, holiday activity schemes and much more.

Case Study: Space Youth Bus

The Space Youth Bus is a mobile youth work service housed within a specially converted double decker bus. Thanks to funding and support from BBC Children In Need, Big Lottery Fund, Calico Homes and Transdev, the Bus is currently free for young people to access four nights a week in the Burnley area.

The Youth Bus goes to the places where
young people live – that’s how to have an impact.
(Vikki Campbell, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust)

The youth bus is particularly effective in meeting the needs of young people in their own communities, breaking down territorial barriers and inability to access youth clubs due to closure of local facilities and previous behaviour issues.

its warm, you can just chill or you can do
something and join in, its safe and I'm not out
getting into trouble

if you can’t do your homework at home, you
can bring it on the bus and the staff can help
you, or you can find somewhere quiet. It has
internet too so you can find things out
comments from young people