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Support for young people via new outdoor 'safe spaces'

Wirral’s dedicated youth workers will continue offering support to young people outside - after school and early evenings - via designated ‘safe spaces’ across the borough.

The Youth Matters team has identified hotspot areas where young people have been congregating over the summer. Council staff will be on-hand to continue pushing social distancing guidelines and offering advice to young people who need it.

Engagement with young people over the last few months has shown a number of concerns they would like to talk about in confidence – including exam queries, school, and the latest Coronavirus rules. By raising awareness on these issues and more via conversations and small activities, youth workers hope to build trusted relationships and give young people the support they need.

Over the next two weeks local hotspot ‘safe space’ locations will be situated in parks and open spaces across Wirral. There will be no more than four staff at any time, and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to.

  • Monday – Central Park, Wallasey
  • Tuesday – Mersey Park, Birkenhead
  • Wednesday – New Ferry Park, Wirral South
  • Thursday – West Kirby, Car park opposite the Marina, Wirral West

These locations are subject to change. For more detail, please follow the Youth Matters team on Instagram: @youthmattersinwirral

Michael Holbrook, one of Wirral’s Detached Youth Workers, said:

“We have had an interesting period of the summer and a great reception from not only young people but adults who are recognising what we are doing to help support and keep our young people on track.

“It has been great for us to get to know each other more and show them we are always here to support young people, so they don’t have to face their problems alone.”

For more information on Wirral’s Youth Matters services, please email