Youth Focus: North East e-newsletter **New**
Welcome to this weeks newsletter featuring a selection of news, events and opportunities across the region and beyond.
If you would like to share regional information, events, or vacancies with your colleagues in the North East feel free to email across the full details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Focus: North East Annual Stakeholder Questionnaire **Current**
As a valued stakeholder and partner of Youth Focus: North East, I am sending you a copy of our annual stakeholder questionnaire. Each year Youth Focus: North East sends out a stakeholder questionnaire, to gain a greater insight into how effectively our services are delivered and received. The annual survey helps our organisation to respond more effectively to your needs as our partners, and for us to plan for the future.
The questionnaire should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete and will be of great benefit to our planning and evaluation processes. Please click on the link below to complete the questionnaire.
Support for young people to become self employed **Current**
As the service is part of our DurhamWorks provision, I'm afraid it's only for people aged 16-24, who are living in County Durham and currently unemployed.
Want to set up your own business but not sure where to start?
East Durham College's Biz Startup course can help.
This free DurhamWorks course will help you to find a gap in the market for your business idea, develop a quality business plan, learn about finance and marketing, access funding and much more...
You can even trial your business idea for a while without losing access to any benefits you currently claim.
If you're aged 16-24, living in County Durham and currently unemployed, find out more by calling 0191 518 5514 or emailing email@example.com
Family Action Bridge Young Carers - Young Carers Charter **Current**
The Bridge Young Carer’s Service at Family Action supports over 115 newly identified young carers and their families in County Durham each year. Part of this service is the promotion and accreditation of the Neighbourhood Charter. This aims to empower schools, organisations and community groups, to help to build stronger neighbourhoods, for children and young people with caring responsibilities.
Endorsing the Neighbourhood Charter are two Community Engagement Practitioners who work for Family Action, and are based in Shildon. Philippa May and Kerryann Stewart are people focused with a real ‘can do’ attitude which helps to ensure that the charter ethos is adopted and embedded by the schools and organisations going through the charter process.
“I certainly now have a better understanding, which I relay to my staff, ensuring that we provide the correct support for the wellbeing of any children and young people we engage with” Julie Costello, Cultivate 4 Life (Horticultural Support Project).
There are an amazing 105 schools and local services who have achieved Neighbourhood Charter accreditation, with more becoming involved all the time. This dedication to young carers in County Durham will work to build stronger families across the region.
Philippa is based across the North and East of the region, contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerryann is based across the South and West of the region, contact her on Kerryann.email@example.com
Children’s Voices - The Wellbeing of Children with Mental Health Needs in England **Current**
This report, released by the Children’s Commissioner, examines the wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England and their relationship with mental health services. Qualitative research explores the limited awareness of mental health issues in young people, focusing on their perception of mental health.
25% of independent children’s homes could close **Current**
Learning disability charity Mencap has warned that a quarter of independent children’s homes could close immediately if the government does not fully fund the £400m sleep-in care back-pay bill that is affecting care and learning disability charities.