What do we offer?
General drop in evenings provide a safe and fun space for young people in Luton. We offer a range of activities including; pool, gaming consoles, table tennis, wall climbing sessions, open mic night, cooking sessions, IT suite for use, film nights and art/craft activities. All sessions are run by experienced youth workers and volunteers who support and participate in all activities with the young people.
We also offer additional activities during sessions where we have outside agencies join us for mini workshops raising awareness and harm reduction information including drug and alcohol workers; Coppafeel (breast cancer awareness for young people); white ribbon campaign (Domestic Abuse); wellbeing sessions and Hate Crime awareness to name a few.
How can I join?
We welcome all young people from the ages of 13-19 year olds (up to 24 with a disability). A years membership costs £15, which is less than 30p a week. Having membership entitles young people to go on our trips during the half terms and school holidays as well as the summer programme and to access the evening youth activities.
Members of TOKKO aged 13-19 (up to 24 with a disability).
Currently funded from TOKKO central funds.
Nikki Bennett – Youth Worker
Joff Talbot – Youth Worker
Anna Butterworth – Youth Worker
What can I gain from a general drop-in session?
Raise aspirations of young people in the community.
To promote and ensure a safe space for young people providing informal activities promoting positive emotional and cognitive development.
To be inclusive off all ages, diversity and abilities 13-19 yrs (up to 24 with a disability.)
Promote self-esteem and self-worth.
Promote positive contribution to the community.
Case study 1
Case 1 is one of our young people who is a LAC (Looked after child) and has other obstacles in their life. Case 1 is a regular member who often participates in activities and trips. TOKKO is a place where they comes to be themselves and feel safe where they are not judged in any way but supported with their social and interpersonal skills. Working closely with Case 1 carers; TOKKO has enabled Case 1 to remain within their boundaries and to continue to enhance their confidence and self-esteem using a holistic informal approach.
Case study 2
Case 2, another one of our young people is a regular member. Case 2 has got involved with TOKKO over the past couple of years and now is a member of our Youth Board as well as a keen participant in our Interact group. Case 2 has got involved with other projects; they have been our camera-man for MADFest 2016 and they also regularly help out with reception as a volunteer during breaks from college. Case 2 is also a volunteer for our Disability project providing peer support to those young people with disabilities attending the group. Case 2 is a shining example of the young people who we have at TOKKO and one that is always keen to be involved both as a drop in member and with our other bespoke projects and volunteering. Case 2 is able to add this valuable experience to their CV and has started on their own social journey to be able to ‘make their mark.’