Young Persons Services

Mosaic offers a diverse range of specialist services dedicated to young people primarily aged thirteen to nineteen, who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and/or Other, as well as those who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender. All our services are designed around our aim to support, educate and inspire the next generation of the LGBT+ community.

Refuges are proudly welcome.

Browse through our professional services that are aimed at young persons. For more details on our individual services, feel free to contact us.

Youth Club

Mosaic’s LGBT+ Youth Club takes place every Wednesday from 6.30pm – 9.00pm in Euston / King’s Cross area, so it is accessible to young persons from all around London. The evening is structured, so it offers the opportunity to create positive peer to peer networks reducing isolation and loneliness and often also the risk of CSE. The club is education-focused so that workshops every week increase young person's understanding of LGBT identity, history and relationships based around Every Child Matters framework. 

We also offer a library of resources for young LGBT+ persons on site so they can learn more about what it means to be pat of the LGBT+ community.

Mentoring

We offer two types of mentoring: on-site and in the community, our mentors would go and see a young person in school or the organisation. This service does not require parental consent based on the Fraser Guidelines. The young persons and mentor decide the frequency of meetings. This service allows the young person to have a frank and honest conversation about what is happening in their lives currently, those vary from identity through relationships to family issues. It’s a confidential service, but we do take safeguarding seriously and would act on any concerns raised.

Events

We run a diverse range of events including our popular Pride Prom and Homoween. These events are designed so that young LGBT+ persons have a space, that is fun, free from drugs and offers alternative to hetero-normative school-based events in which often our members don’t feel comfortable as well commercial gay clubbing scene that isn’t appropriate for young LGBT+ persons.

Residentials

Mosaic LGBT Youth Summer Camp and Winter Retreat are both residential programmes that offer time away from often oppressive environments of school, community and family. Residential allows to establish a positive sense of identity, learn more about what it means to be LGBT+ in modern society as well as develop peer networks that help create positive self-esteem and reduce the risks associated with isolation and loneliness.

Social Action

Currently, research suggests that social action has a positive impact on self-esteem, sense of belonging as well as mental health. We offer a social action programme where young LGBT+ persons can volunteer their time to make a difference in their community. Currently, we are running an inter-generational programme where young LGBT+ persons are teaching older LGBT+ persons on how to use social media effectively and safely.

Work Placement

We believe in offering young LGBT+ persons the opportunity to experience LGBT+ inclusive workplaces. Hence, we offer short term work placements within our approved companies so that not only they can learn more about workplace culture, but also what it means to be an LGBT+ professional.

Culture Club

Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre is very much focused on cultural education; therefore, we put much effort into it. We offer a diverse range of heavily subsidised and free outings to theatres, cinemas and exhibitions to promote positive identity formation and growth of self-esteem. This is often part of our inter-generational programme where we offer tickets for older LGBT+ persons and then have a chat about the differences and similarities of perception.

Our Ethical Principals

We have a duty of care to young persons. In our work relationship, the best interests of the young persons have priority.

We prioritise young persons over the advancement of ourselves, our organisation, or others – personally, politically, or professionally.

Our relationship with the young person remains within professional boundaries at all times, to protect the young person and the purpose of our work.

We work in a fair and inclusive way, actively promoting justice and equality of opportunity across intersectional identities. We prevent any discriminatory or oppressive behaviour or practice, and actively challenge privilege, heteronormativity and Gender-Related Violence. 

We seek to enhance young persons’ personal and social development needs by:

  •   Supporting the young LGBT+ person to develop a sense of belonging and community;
  •    Supporting active involvement in the LGBT+ community and broader society;
  •    Educating on LGBT+ history, heritage and arts;
  •    Educating the young person to make informed decisions and independent choices;
  •    Inspiring participation and co-design of Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre’s services;
  •   Inspiring independence and supporting ‘growing out’ of the service;
  •   Inspiring the young person's consideration of the environmental impact of their choices;
  •   Inspiring the young person to be socially active and be an advocate for social justice.

We promote the welfare and safety of all young persons while facilitating learning through undertaking challenging educational activities while managing their exposure to harm or injury. This includes implementing safeguarding policies and procedures. 

We make the young person aware of with whom and for what purpose information will be shared. We only disclose confidential information when this is necessary to prevent harm or is legally required.

In our engagement with the young person and our resulting relationship, we strive to be honest, kind and empathic.

We respect the contribution of others concerned with the welfare and well-being of a young person and will work in partnership to secure the best possible outcome. 

We encourage ethical reflection and debate with young persons, colleagues and partners to strive for improvement.

We make sure we have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work effectively with the young person. We work reflectively to develop our abilities. We take account of the impact of work on ourselves.

We maintain consciousness of our values, beliefs and interests, are aware when these conflict with those of others, and approach difference respectfully.

We consider the broader impact of our decisions on society and try to maximise a positive impact wherever possible in all operations of the organisation.

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