A day in the life of a REBOOT Youth Coach

Welcome to a day in the life of a REBOOT Youth Coach! Written by Caitlin Horne, REBOOT Administration and Project Support Worker, this information has been shared from a youth coach who talked through an average day last week.

In the morning I check my calendar for appointments; one this morning and one this afternoon. I send the young person I am meeting this afternoon a text to remind them we have a gym induction booked in. I call the young person I am due to visit to check they are awake and ready for me to come over. Fortunately, they are awake and want to see me so I hop in the car and drive to their house.

A home visit – of sorts

I go to my first coaching session of the day, at the young persons house, although Covid-19 restrictions mean the session takes place in their garden. They have a nice garden where we can sit and check in about how their week has been. Together we go through their personalised plan and work on completing the life wheel, which helps them to visualise areas in which they are successful and areas in which they might want to improve, as well as thinking about setting goals. They say they are spending more time with their mates at the skatepark and trying to stay distant from their mates who cause trouble in the town centre.

They brought this up in our last session and we talked about positive and negative friendships, so I am pleased they are putting this into action. They mention they are struggling with schoolwork, so I make a mental note to contact the SENCO at their school to see what additional support can be put in place for them. They also mention they are fighting more with their younger sibling, although they feel their relationship with Mum is getting better. We manage to complete two more pages of the personalised plan, thinking about what they want to be/do/have out of life and talking about their goals. They decide they want to be more committed to school and smoke less cannabis.

We discuss strategies for them to be able to work towards these goals and how to make these goals SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Responsible and Timed. It has taken a long time to build up trust with this young person and it’s such a good feeling to see them looking towards the future and having a more optimistic outlook. On the way out, Mum speaks to me about some of the challenges she is having with her youngest. As we are not family workers, I listen compassionately and explain I will speak to the families Early Help Keyworker to ensure there is support in place for them.

Admin, emails and follow up calls 

I spend an hour checking emails, updating case notes and other admin tasks. I contact the SENCO at the school to advocate for the young person I am working with as they have identified themselves they are currently struggling at school. The SENCO agrees to put some more pastoral support around them and we will catch up in a month to see if this helps. I also contact the families Early Help Keyworker and share some of Mum’s concerns, they say they will arrange a meeting with the family this week. I also have an email from one of the local Police Youth Officers asking me to phone them. One of the young people I am currently coaching has been seen with a group of young people causing ASB in a local park. This is very disappointing as they have been making good progress recently, which I share with the PYO. It’s important that we stay in touch with each other and discuss these things. I give the young person a call to arrange a meeting with them but they don’t answer, so I send them a text and asking them to get in touch.

Gym Induction

My meeting for this afternoon has texted back, so I collect them from their house and drive them to the gym (with masks on and the windows down in the car – safety first!) They are quiet during the drive, we have only had a few meetings so they are still opening up and getting to know me. During the induction, I can see them grow in confidence as the gym instructor shows them how to use the machines properly and they start to identify a workout plan which is suited to them. Their trainers are worn out, so on the drive home I discuss the prospect of getting them a new pair using the enabling fund. They are very enthusiastic about this, so I ask them to find a pair they like online and send me a link. They are much more talkative on the way home, so we discuss how their week has been and strategies for managing anger and frustration. We arrange to go to the gym at the same time again next week and he leaves the car filled with enthusiasm and confidence. I am still worried about the young person who has come to police attention, but I will try and contact them again tomorrow. Overall, a good day in the life and fantastic to see the progress being made by two brave young people.