High Oak Youth and Community Centre (HOYCC) work amongst the10% most deprived in the Dudley, Pensnett, Brierley Hill and The St Andrews area regarding employment, training, education and the skills domain (DMBC Indices of Deprivation (ID) 2010).
HOYCC create new innovate programmes, reaching some of the hardest to engage young people, and Young people who find it difficult due to personal issues, family situations, or lack of positive friendships and role models around them.
HOYCC work with low-income and low educational families creating aspirational projects giving the young people a sense of belonging to something positive. he areas in which we work are areas of high deprivation with young people living in poverty and a sense of hopelessness. They can sometimes get into generational cycles of poverty that are incredibly difficult to break because of the complex web of factors and issues that contribute to their circumstances and life choices. HOYCC also work with the local travellers in the community bridging some of the intercultural understanding and stereotypes that exist.
HOYCC also work with groups who find social interaction and education challenging because of their own barriers, personal needs, disabilities or behavior problems. They sometimes don’t know how or don’t know where to go for the support they need. We want to support them and allow them to develop in a safe and friendly environment.
HOYCC plan to work with around 250 young people and volunteers 8-25 years old. The aim is to start to address some of the issues they are facing using music as a tool and inspiration for the groups. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo
The programme will bring out talents that may not have been tapped into before. We have seen certain individuals overcome barriers to learning, through the power of music making and believe that working together and listening to the people we are working with this project will be very inspirational and successful.
Our main goals are to offer people in the local areas, the chance to learn modern music making techniques, and be able to achieve goals through music and volunteering. We will encourage teamwork and the values of equality and diversity. HOYCC offer every opportunity for learners to achieve as much as possible through our sessions with the use of multiple learning aids and diverse resources.
HOYCC are community based, and we strive to enhance the misconception some people may have about being involved in community events and projects. We aim to give people who may be unemployed and seeking work, the chance to learn and use their new skills and volunteer to help and run our different projects. We want people to get involved in volunteering with us, and other community groups, as we have seen that this has improved some of our recent volunteers' outlook on volunteering and helped to boost their confidence and self-esteem.
High Oak and Trax are all about making connections! We offer people the chance to connect and learn to communicate efficiently with people of all ages and backgrounds using different medias.
In the Pensnett and Brockmoor areas, we have high levels of crime and understand the effect it has on the community. This can be a big issue for people who do want to take part in community projects. Crime should not prevent others from achieving in life. We tackle this by providing a safe and friendly environment for people in our area to attend. We try to offer support for people whom crime and drugs may have affected and give them the ability to learn new skills and not be in fear of crime.
HOYCC have consulted with young people in the local area through a questionnaire we created asking them what things they wanted to be engaged in and what were some of their aspirations also what things they were doing in their spare time.
The groups would like to be involved in, playing instruments, singing, choir's, making music, music technology, DJ sessions, song writing, music videos, dancing, talent shows and going to concerts. Also the young people wanted to be involved in volunteering and doing things in their community whist making new friends.
High Oak works in partnership with many organizations to create a positive network and support base for the young people. We use their resources, skills and knowledge to build better, inclusive programmes for young people in need of the services we offer.