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January 2017

Welcome and congratulations to our new Chief Executive, Claudia Slabon, who’s taking up her new duties from the 1st January 2017.

December 19th 2016

We had a big delivery from The Faraway Children's Charity on behalf of Pitsford School. The children and their families donated lots of wonderful presents for vulnerable and disadvantage children and young people we are working with.  We also received presents from a local vineyard which were left over from their Santa's grotto. This Christmas we will hopefully make many more children & young people smile and feel a little bit of happiness. A huge thank you to everyone who donated . We will take pictures when giving out the presents.

December 16th 2016

A huge thanks to Maziak and all their staff for raising a fantastic £600 for Service Six. The money was raised by staff participating in ‘Wear your Xmas jumper to work day’ and Maziak's Xmas Party Raffle. The money raised in the 2 events was kindly matched by Maziak. The money will go a long way to helping in one of our clubs.

December 16th 2016

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) has allocated grants totalling £95,000 to community & voluntary sector organisations for 2017-20.

Organisations were invited to put in applications for the grants in the various themes and their proposals were considered by a panel of councillors. The decisions on the final awards were made by the council’s Policy and Resources committee in December 2016.

Each application for the three year Community Support Grant (CSG) had to demonstrate how the organisation would tackle local issues under three key themes - Debt Management, Counselling and Support and Community Transport.

The Counselling and Support theme grant has been awarded to Service Six who offer counselling, support and positive activities to the children, young people, families and communities of Northamptonshire. Service Six will use the grant to improve counselling and support services across East Northamptonshire including access to specialist services around mental health issues.

December 13th 2016

Charity to TARGET Online Exploitation of Children

Regional Charity, Service Six, is celebrating winning a second major Big Lottery Fund grant in a three month period. BLF have awarded a further £401,432 for Service Six to work with disadvantaged children and young people in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

The three year full-time project, ‘Targeting And Reducing Grooming Exploitation & Trading of Children Online,’ (TARGET) is set to begin in April 2017 and will support 900+ youngsters aged 5 to 18 years all of whom will be identified as at risk of or already affected by online sexual exploitation and abuse.

Service Six launched the TARGET project in 2015 after their data indicated a 21% increase in young people presenting with negative online experiences since 2012 and noted a significant gap in bespoke online sexual exploitation intelligence and services. Subsequent project research with 826 young people undertaken between late 2015 and Summer 2016 showed that over half of young people are regularly contacted by strangers online, over a third have received indecent sexual images and over a quarter have sent indecent sexual images. Furthermore, over 20% have been asked to meet with strangers and 8% had agreed. Most shockingly less than 1% of young people had shared any of this information with an adult. Disadvantaged young people were shown to be at the highest risk being 21% less likely to report online sexual exploitation to an adult.  

Project beneficiaries will increase their online protective behaviours, improve their wellbeing and increase their transferable knowledge and skills. The project activities will include a youth designed free online App to promote protective behaviours online. ‘Support to Report’ services, youth led educational workshops and an annual conference will be organised to cascade project learning.     

Chief Executive, Jane Deamer said, ‘Service Six is absolutely delighted about the grant award and the positive impact for disadvantaged children that the expansion of TARGET will enable. Tackling Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (OSEA) is the most critical work I have undertaken in my career so far. OSEA represents the biggest threat to the highest number of children of our time so we cannot ignore the crisis that’s already occurring and must address the dangers of the online world children now live.  Working with and for children has never been more important to safeguard the current and further generations.’

TARGET is endorsed by over fifty partner agencies including schools, charities and companies but critically has been supported since 2015 by Northamptonshire Police’s, DS Carole Walton, who said, ‘The protection of children is a priority and I am extremely pleased to be supporting and working on the TARGET project with Service Six. Understanding the true extent of the problem will then ensure effective prevention and protection of children and young people online (and off).’

De Montfort University’s, Dr Lee Hadlington, who is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Chartered Psychologist and a Founder Member of the Psychology and Technology Research Group, has also significantly supported TARGET since it’s early development by providing guidance on the informal youth led research activities. Dr Hadlington said, ‘This work will play a fundamental role in further understanding how individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds view or experience online crime. At the moment we know very little about this, and if we are to find more effective way of protecting the vulnerable groups in society we really need to engage in research like this.’

Service Six has been serving the region since the mid-1970s and has provided life-saving and life-changing services for hundreds of thousands of young people and, within more recent years, for children, adults and families.

For more details about the range of services offered by the charity, please visit or email or call 01933 277520.

September 2016

"Service Six Charity Wins Grant for Vital Children’s Services"

Regional Charity, Service Six, is celebrating winning a major Big Lottery Fund grant of £324,700 to work with disadvantaged children and young people in Milton Keynes.

The three year, ‘Youth Starz,’ project is set to begin in November and will support 350+ youngsters aged 4 to 19 years all of whom will be identified as vulnerable and hard to reach. Based at Service Six’s Coffee Hall Community Centre the project will offer bespoke support programmes for individuals and a range of free activities and support services targeted within the Woughton and MK City areas. 
Assistant Chief Executive, Claudia Slabon said, ‘Service Six is over the moon about the grant award but young people within the areas are the real winners. We are really excited about our new project and can only see positive benefits for vulnerable children and communities. This is a real opportunity to develop our existing success and outcomes and make sure that together we are reaching the most disadvantaged young people with the best range and quality of services.’

The grant award follows a successful consultation with over 250 young people residing within the area to identify their needs and interests which has helped to shape the project which will initially focus on free sporting activities, in particular football academies, also arts, crafts and cookery. The venture will include nationally accredited youth volunteering opportunities to cascade support to other disadvantaged groups in the community so participants increase their transferable abilities throughout the project and pass on their energy and learning.

The project will enable young people to increase their life skills and they will be supported to actively run the project and gain other valuable competencies including communication, team work whilst improving their wellbeing. The project aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, increase school attendance and attainment towards raising aspirations and increasing the life chances of children struggling with often complex and chaotic lives.

Service Six has worked in close partnership with Places for People, one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, to regenerate the Coffee Hall Community Centre since August 2015. This grant award cements the initial successful year of work undertaken within the community. In the last year Service Six has helped 97 people across diverse ages, ethnicity and needs with interventions including Mums and Tots Coffee Mornings, Youth Club, Home Work Club and a Holiday Club. In August, the Service Six team took 30 children for a day trip to Hunstanton, funded by the Milton Keynes Foundation.  
Mark Viggars, Neighbourhoods Regeneration Manager at Places for People, said: Service Six provides a vital service from the Coffee Hall Community Centre, supporting and encouraging young people and their families to broaden their horizons and realise their true potential. It has been a privilege for Places for People to help nurture Service Six in the expansion of its operation, as part of our long-term commitment to the Milton Keynes community. We look forward to helping them deliver many more positive outcomes for young people as a result of this significant new funding.”

A similar Youth Starz project has been successfully delivered in Northamptonshire between 2013 and 2016 with the new MK project set to benefit from learning and good practice already achieved.    
Service Six has been serving the region since the mid-1970s and has provided life-saving and life-changing services for hundreds of thousands of young people and, within more recent years, for children, adults and families.

July 2016

Hemmingwell Fund Day-The Safer Stronger Neighbourhood Partnership held a community fun day on the Hemmingwell Estate on 16 July 2016. More than 20 partner agencies (including us) attended, as well as around 1,000 residents, making the day an amazing success. More than 120 questionnaires were completed, which has proved useful in identifying priorities the community would like to see; as a result, partners are coming together to deliver more sport sessions and music sessions for local people over the summer.

July 2016

On Monday 13th June, Service Six held an awards ceremony at Kettering Conference Centre, to celebrate the success and completion of the three year big lottery funded Youth Starz Project. The Youth Starz Project began at Service Six in July 2013, funded through the Big Lottery, for three years. The project worked within three targeted areas of Northamptonshire in relation to their needs. The aims and targets of the project were to work with young people, to allow them the opportunity to gain transferable life skills, improve their wellbeing and happiness levels, develop young leaders and to participate in community based volunteering activities for the benefit of other community groups. The project successfully over achieved the targets and saw a reduction of anti-social behaviour within the areas, improved school attendance and increased levels of wellbeing. Throughout the past three years, the Youth Starz Project successfully supported 448 individual young people, 23 community projects and saw over 160 young people gain accredited volunteering. The projects and 1:1 support delivered were shaped upon what the young people wanted. Covering issues such as child sexual exploitation, self-harm, drug and alcohol awareness, community safety, budgeting, parenting and many more. The awards ceremony saw 61 young people receive awards such as, best personal journey, most improved young person and young leader of the area. The awards ceremony was attended by young people, parents, professionals and Kettering Mayor Cllr Scott Edwards.

March 2016

Our StreetWise services contributed in Raunds towards a reduction in youth anti-social behaviour of 39% and no reports of young people being involved in criminal damage for the last three months of the period we have been working in Raunds. More than 27 young people achieved positive outcomes including a reduction of alcohol use, young people benefitted from positive adult role models and were informally educated about healthy & unhealthy Relationships. Between June 2015 and September 2015 our StreetWise services contributed in Higham Ferres to a reduction of 20% in youth anti-social behaviour and a decrease in criminal damage with no reports being noted by the police. Between October 2015 and December 2015 our StreetWise services contributed towards a reduction of youth anti-social behaviour of 52% when compared to 2014 figures. Over 50 young people between the ages of 8 to 17 engaged with our StreetWise team. Young People achieved positive outcomes including getting their voice heard at the Town Council concerning the local skate park and associated graffiti, taking pride in their local area and breaking barriers down with the local communities by undertaking a litter pick and clean-up campaign and were informally educated about drug and alcohol use.

October 2015

Healthwatch Northamptonshire INVITES YOU TO tell them about your experience of health and social care over a cup of coffee read more

February 2015;

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January 2015;

Restorative Justice Project - In October and November 2014, Service Six worked alongside Charlotte Calkin (Why Me?- Observer Programme Coordinator and Restorative Justice Practioner) and Paul Mukasa (Restorative Justice Practioner), in the delivery of a six month project commissioned by the PCC, to bring together young people and police officers in restorative sessions.
The project worked towards building healthy relationships between the police and young people.  The project empowered young people, in a controlled environment, to openly discuss their relationships with the police and experiences they have had.  Young people from Kettering, Wellingborough, East Northamptonshire and Northampton participated in various different sessions throughout the months.
Young leaders from Service Six, assisted in different parts of the county inspiring young people to share their experiences and participate in the worthwhile and beneficial sessions.  Two of these young leaders, Savannah Foster and Jade Case, assisted Charlotte and Paul in attending the Houses of Parliament to raise awareness and provide further support for the project. 
The whole experience was extremely beneficial for all who participated and was an excellent opportunity for young people to have their voices heard and questions answered.

October 2014;

Children and Young People’s Community Health Services Update As Children’s Services within Northamptonshire County Council are in special measures and an Improvement Board has been established, Nene and Corby CCG’s have made the decision to postpone the tendering process for Community Health Services for Children and Young People for up to two years. The Clinical Commissioning Groups have a statutory duty of corporation under the Health and Social Care Act 2013 to work with Northamptonshire County Council to help them make the necessary improvements required. Read More...


April 2014;

Service Six Wins £10.5M NCC Contracts!

We are very pleased to announce that Service Six have been awarded nine of Northamptonshire County Council’s ten new Supporting Services contracts! Service Six has won contracts valued at £10.5M until 2018 and will lead the contracts with our partners Northampton Women’s Aid (NWA), Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC) and Family Action acting as main sub-contractors. The new services will cover Northampton, Corby, Wellingborough, Daventry, East Northamptonshire and South Northamptonshire and will support up to 860 young people and 500 vulnerable families a year through an innovative collaboration which will ensure families receive a seamless service addressing their priority needs. The new contracts are due to commence in July 2014 and aim to provide a targeted service package helping the county’s most needy children, young people and families. The key themes for the contracts are tackling Domestic Abuse, Anti-Social Behaviour and providing Parenting Support.

February 2014;

Youth Starz

Youth Starz

Countywide scheme Youth Starz, also delivered by Service Six, has commenced in Wellingborough this month. The project, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, provides accredited programmes, volunteering opportunities and one-to-one support for children and young people aged 10-19 years. The team are currently running football sessions at Weavers School hard-court on Mondays from 5.00pm-7.30pm and will be starting a dance programme at Glamis Hall on Wednesday 4th December from 5.00pm-7.00pm for 6 weeks. After this, scheduled for early 2014 is boxing and Life Skills (including money management and cooking. The sessions are free to attend for youngsters and spaces are still available however attendees will be asked to give back to the community and elder generations through organising a project for the people of the area sometime in May 2014. Youth Starz aims to provide children and young people with transferable life skills for the future and improved wellbeing. If you know a child or young person that would benefit from the project encourage them to attend a session or contact Service Six on the details below. Email: Website: Telephone: 01933 277520

November 2013;

Queensway Detached.

Youth workers from local charity Service Six have been supporting the young people of Queensway over the last 6 weeks. The charity engages with young people from 13-19 years through ‘detached’ sessions, this means going out to engage with teens in their own environment. The workers build relationships with the youngsters in our area and encourage them to participate in positive activities, ranging from youth club sessions to sports in the park. Positive Activities Manager, Carl McLaren says “Young people can often be misconstrued for being anti-social but in reality the majority of the time they just don’t have anywhere else to go or any positive opportunities to engage in. We’re highlighting this to communities and rectifying the situation by providing young people with some meaningful and healthy activities to participate in.” The Youth Workers have engaged with over 20 young people since starting up, and steered them towards making positive choices. They also informally educate those they meet on grasping opportunities and thinking about the decisions they make. The team are pleased with their success so far and plan to continue to support those they’ve engaged and others to positively change their behaviours. The Youth Workers are in the area every Wednesday from 6.30pm- 9.00pm.

November 2013;

A NEW youth club has been set up to provide activities and support for youngsters in Wellingborough.

Local charity Service Six have been awarded funding from Places for People to provide additional sessions at their youth club, VYBZ, for younger children.

Service Six is a countywide charity which has been running for 33 years providing free support, counselling and activities to children and young people.

The VYBZ Youth Club will now be open for youngsters aged 7- 12 as an addition to the current session for teens, running at the Queensway Resource Centre, in Brook Street.

Carl McLaren, Positive Activities Manager said “The club is a friendly and fun environment for young people. We have had over 100 teens from the Queensway estate and surrounding areas attend over the last three years and it’s great that with the support of Places 4 People we are now able to extend this to the younger ones. Ensuring they have somewhere safe to go with peers of their own age and allowing us to interact with young people earlier. We are also currently consulting with young people to identify developments and upgrades to both the centre and the provision it’s self with some early ideas such as graffiti workshops, improvements to music and gaming systems being suggested which we hope to put in place over the coming months”

November 2013

Help for Self Harmers Countywide

Young people across the County battling with self-harm can turn to local charity, Service Six, for support.

Service Six took over self-harm provision, the Opal Project, historically based in Brackley in 2010. The charity extended the project, which was set up by two teenagers in 2004, to provide therapeutic group work for young self-harmers, and this work is now being offered countywide.

The 6 week programmes offered to groups of young people dealing with self-harm, are delivered through schools and youth groups free of charge. Facilitated by a qualified Youth Worker with extensive group work experience, the sessions work by encouraging peer support. Sessions touch on young people’s feelings, fears and self-image, as well as staying safe, healthy relationships and coping strategies.

The sessions are flexible and adapted to suit the group and the needs presented. Often the young people want to use the sessions to share their experiences, once they feel ready, which for many groups can take several weeks.

Service Six Assistant Chief Executive, Claudia Slabon says “We trialled the group work programme in Daventry and South Northants initially and due to its success we are extending the programme to be offered across all areas of the County. We want to empower young people to support each other to overcome self-harm and set up a support network.”

In addition, Service Six provide a support pack, website, helpline and weekly online support service. The support pack includes an information booklet, useful for friends, family members and teachers of young people who are self-harming, plus a journal for thoughts and feelings.

Young people can self-refer to take part in the project, or referral can be done through parents, teachers and doctors; however young people will need to consent to attend. Priority will be given to young people who are currently self-harming and have no other support services in place. A provision of internal referral and signposting will be available for those needing more intense support and counselling.

“The project is a vital support and information service not just for victims of self-harm but for the parents, carers and friends also affected” says Claudia. “Opal reaches out to young people who feel isolated and could save their life.”

To find out more about The Opal Project log on to or telephone 01933 277520


May 2013;

Service Six provisional start date to commence a new Big Lottery Fund project, Youth Starz,  worth £310K for 2013-2016 focused on providing disadvantaged children, young people and families within Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering with a wide range of; community events; sports and dance academies; life skills programmes; accredited volunteering opportunities and supporting local organisations with volunteering hours     

March 2013;

Service Six receives a one year extension for 2013-2014 to the existing Northamptonshire County Council Area Based Working Youth Contracts for Northampton, Daventry, South Northamptonshire, East Northamptonshire and Wellingborough, providing a wide range of therapeutic, diversionary, positive activities, consultation, accredited volunteering, group work, Youth Engagement activities, support and services for young people aged 13-19 years and 10-25 years for Disabled young people 

December 2012;

Service Six wins BBC Children In Need funding of almost £90K for 2012-2015 and begins a Northamptonshire Play Therapy pilot project for children aged 4-9 years who have experienced domestic violence or who are looked after children

December 2012;

Service Six starts a Northamptonshire NHS NHFT contract to deliver Play Therapy and Counselling services to children, young people and families who have experienced sexual abuse and are referred through SERENITY

October 2012;

Service Six benefits from a collaboration with the Faraway Children’s Charity and accesses a complex of six bespoke offices in Mawsley, Kettering

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