Rotary Club of Reading

Just Around the Corner

JAC Project at the end of June 2013

Aim
Just Around the Corner (JAC) work with disadvantaged young people to enable them to make positive choices by demonstrating love and acceptance according to Christian principles. The Objectives are to provide a first point of contact to the youth living within the Berkshire area to raise the awareness of alcohol, drug and substance abuse and general wellbeing and to challenge their social attitudes based on Christian values and ethics by all charitable means, including the following: - a) by the provision of teams of people and/or mobile facilities as a safe meeting and listening place; b) through providing education and information; c) through liaising and co-operating with other youth organisations and agencies; and d) through involvement with other local youth council initiatives.

Strengths
JAC fulfill these objectives through detached youth work on the streets. We take the JAC van with TV's, a DVD player, games and sports equipment to where the young people are congregating on the streets and in the parks. We give them refreshments, share their struggles and build relationships with them. JAC also go into Schools to run emotional literacy groups in the JAC van for pupils who are referred by School as they are struggling with low self-esteem, anger, bullying etc. The JACPad is located in Wokingham Town Centre and is set up to support young people and adults suffering from anxiety related problems (and many others). Whilst being mentored at the JACPad the young people run a market stall to gain experience and they can undertake a certificate of employability skills. At Rehoboth we have our multi activity centre and stables which was built last year, on donated land, through volunteer labour. We have run an Equine Assisted Learning programme (since 2004) for small groups or individual young people who are excluded from or struggling to stay in mainstream Primary or Secondary Education due to emotional, behavioral and or social difficulties. We also receive referrals from social services for young people who have suffered significant trauma and need some more intensive horse therapy support, sometimes with their family. Once they have finished the programme - many young people continue to volunteer with us on supported placements and some complete accredited training courses with us. We also have a pottery and arts and craft studio where we work with young people in 1-1 sessions and we also offer mentoring opportunities through maintaining the grounds at the Rehoboth site where we are applying for the solar panels.

Related links

• JAC - website Go visit >