The Step team will often come into schools and run lunchtime activities for various reasons and with various themes. Here's a few of the examples of what this might look like.
More Cafe taster sessions
Step partners with another youth work charity called The 267 Project. Part of their work is a youth cafe called More, which runs in the second half of every half term (e.g. between October half term and Christmas) on a Monday evening (7pm-9pm) at the Merchant Tea and Coffee Company in St Albans city centre. To advertise these cafes, we regular run taster sessions in schools, which can work as a stand alone event or may encourage some to attend the Monday night cafes.
Feelin' Good Week
Every year Hertfordshire Council designate a week in February (usually the week before February half term) where every young person should feel good. All schools are encouraged to take part in this week in some way. Although we think they should feel good every week, it’s a great week to organise some fun and reflective activities around this topic.
Usually in the first two weeks after the February half term is Fairtrade Fortnight, which is a whole fortnight dedicated to promoting fairtrade. As well as assemblies, we organise various different activities, such as Fairtrade Cafes, and join in with the specific challenges that are part of the official Fairtrade Fortnight campaign (e.g. one year there was a successful world record for the longest chain of bunting using fairtrade cotton).
The Emmaus Centre is a drop in cafe at Nicholas Breakspear School. Step has been provided with a large area of the school to have this permanent base to run courses and lunch time activities. It may not be possible to have this in other schools where space is unavailable but the model of this centre is worth discussing with a Schools Coordinator should you wish it in your school.