How BIOS Works
BIOS engages with those it helps through front-line community & street based youth work and also provides support through schools and colleges in areas of deprivation. The aim of all BIOS’s intervention programs is to provide holistic pastoral care to young people, inspire them to make the necessary changes to take control of their own lives again and encourage them to make positive life choices.
Through detached youth work sessions we work with young people ‘where they’re at’. These sessions provide positive activities for young people who for a wide variety of reasons can be found ‘hanging out’ in parks and open spaces. Through conversation support, a listening ear, information, advice and guidance can be offered.
Those young people that we identify as being in need of some addition support we offer school or community based mentoring to. Through established links with local secondary schools young people can engage in a course of targeted and tailored mentoring support which has a proven track record in improving behaviour, attendance, attitude and self esteem. Within the local community additional pastoral care and listening opportunities can be given to young people who may be dealing with challenging personal situations. Our work seeks to meet the personal, social and emotional needs of young people providing them with a range of opportunities to develop within these areas.
BIOS is seeing improvement in the lives of the young people it works with in key areas such as self worth, social interaction, behaviour, self esteem, communication skills and self control and is receiving extremely positive feedback from both the schools and community projects that we are working in partnership with.
At every stage, BIOS works on a confidential basis with the individuals it is supporting unless it is believed that their situation poses a significant threat to the safety of the individuals or to other people.
What difference does BIOS make?
Those involved in the project have a proven track record in supporting a large number of young people through a wide variety of issues, including bereavement, relationship problems, pregnancy, self-harm, substance abuse, educational issues and bullying. While supporting individuals we are able to successfully impact the wider community through alleviating the negative effects of social issues such as crime, anti-social behaviour, gang culture, mental distress, low aspirations and self esteem.
BIOS is a subsidiary of SYFC registered charity number 274402.