Barefoot is a small charity dedicated to working with disadvantaged young people in Plymouth. We run youth sessions, provide activities and healthy living support for young people, and organise events and opportunities to engage them positively with their communities.
Barefoot is a small charity with a long history. From 1999 to 2011 we ran over 90 arts projects and 116 community events for children and communities across Plymouth, including 12 years of the city-wide Big Arts Festival and work with deprived communities and disabled young people.
In 2012 we shifted our focus to youth and community work, initially supporting young people at risk of offending in two deprived areas of Plymouth.
In Southway, we helped re-engage young people after the youth centre was closed, directly leading to it being re-opened. In Ernesettle, following the collapse of the local community charity that ran the youth club, we forming the SPACE partnership with other city organisations, re-opened the youth facility (now the SPACE Centre) and provided basic youth provision until receiving a Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant in 2014. Our highly successful Ernesettle SPACE Shot youth project now employs three youth workers and provides weekly youth sessions, healthy living support, sport and dance groups, summer excursions and activities and regular opportunities to get involved with local community events.
In 2015 we started working in the neighbouring Whitleigh area, engaging with young people who are not accessing local youth provision.