About Streetwise 2000
Streetwise 2000 is a service for young people aged between sixteen and twenty five with a diverse range of health and social problems. These problems can range from difficulties with relationships, exam- stress, bullying, anger issues, experiencing scary thoughts or even feeling lonely; right through to mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, self- harm, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress, psychosis and eating disorders.
Streetwise 2000 helps, supports and educates young people through the transition from adolescence to adulthood. We provide them the tools to live meaningful and independent lives, empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and grow to be active members of their communities
Streetwise 2000 was established in May 1999 after young-person led research concluded a lack of localised support for young people affected by mental health problems. The research indicated that young people did not want the ‘stigma’ of having a mental health problem, services didn't tailor to their needs, and statutory services did not provide adequate support provision for young people transitioning into adulthood.
With input from the local community and through engagement with young people, Streetwise 2000 was created to re-address the in-balance of mental health service provision for 16 to 25 year olds across Bury. Streetwise 2000 started off offering a one-day per week drop-in for vulnerable young people across Bury, where they accessed computer equipment, music therapy and support and guidance in a safe environment. It wasn't long before word-spread, and fairly quickly, the demand for the service increased. Streetwise began offering one-to-one support from qualified staff and volunteers over 5-days a week, helping young people to manage their mental health or disability independently. Young people were involved from the very beginning, even down to designing the first ever Streetwise referral forms, co-facilitating group work sessions and sitting on the board of Trustees to help make strategic decisions about the future of Streetwise 2000.
To this day, we believe ourselves to be a truly young person-centred organisation, with our award-winning Young Persons’ Forum (YPF) at the heart of any work we undertake. We support over 300 new young people every single year; and the YPF are determined to reach more and more vulnerable young people who may be ‘suffering in silence’. We strive to constantly adapt, develop and learn from our practice; to ensure we are offering consistent, innovative and high-quality services, which are not only relevant to the needs of the young people, but also help achieve our Objectives.
To act as a resource for young people aged between sixteen and twenty five who reside within the Bury area and who suffer from a wide range of health and social care issues which affect their mental health and well-being by providing a needs-led service, advice, assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities as a means of:
(a) advancing in life and helping young people by developing their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals;
(b) advancing education;
(c) relieving unemployment;
(d) providing recreational and leisure time activity in the interests of social welfare for people living in the area of benefit who have need by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, poverty or social and economic circumstances with a view to improving the conditions of life of such persons.
What people say about us...
"Coming to Streetwise has given me the building blocks I need to move forward."
"I would whole heartedly recommend this service to anyone.”
"Streetwise makes me feel like I am worth being listened to"
"My views are considered, acknowledged and even acted upon".
"You feel so comfortable here, and very at home!"
"Meeting new friends, finally being social, knowing that if I have an issue, there is always someone here to listen"
"Streetwise has given me momentum"