A charity is providing social development classes to Sheffield youngsters – thanks to cash from the National Lottery.
South Yorkshire and Hallamshire Clubs for Young People has been awarded £9,280 to help fund the classes, as part of the Lottery’s good causes scheme.
The classes are aimed at young people not in education, employment and training – so-called Neets.
They focus on issues surrounding sexual health, drug awareness and substance abuse.
Richard Hay, a youth worker who runs the sessions, said: “A lot of the young people have missed out on large sections of education through exclusion or truancy, so their knowledge of these issues was minimal.
“A lot of them also learn about sex through internet porn which is worrying.
“We thought it was important to make sure they got proper education about it.”
The charity is working with schools and youth clubs across the city, including Meadowhead and Bradfield schools, and Double Six and 393 youth clubs.
Young people who complete the classes, which are held during school hours and after school, will receive a certificate.
The classes are taught by qualified youth workers, and are intended to be informal and active for the 12 pupils in each class.
Richard said: “We have ice breakers to get the people talking to each other and then discussions about things they are going through.
“Each session is planned, but we allow them to go off course if it’s beneficial.”
He said discussions do not focus solely on sexual health and drug awareness.
Richard said: “We also get people to understand about how to deal with anger and situations that may happen in class, so they don’t end up in trouble.”
The classes will run until April. For details, call Richard on 0114 2330365.
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