Youth Work in County Durham
Each week we will try to bring you details and information from Youth Work across Co Durham

Just Simply Ask **New**

We are launching ‘Just Simply Ask’ – a new portal for young people in Co Durham in the New Year and we would like to share it with you first to get your feedback.. What is it? Just Simply Ask has been created by young people for young people, alongside a number of groups within schools, youth settings, Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS) and Investing in Children to be a single point of resource for young people. Two apprentices have been employed and the intention is to work over the coming year alongside existing groups of young people in Co Durham to develop the website further. 

The project is supported by partners from the CCG’s, Public Health, Durham County Council, Police & Crime Commissioner, LSCB, Harrogate Trust 0-19 Service, Co Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and Cornforth Partnership. One aim is to signpost to the information contained in the myriad of websites across Co Durham, but the other part of the project is to create a fun, interesting and informative social media site where young people can share and explore ideas and issues that matter to them. Keeping it local – this is where we’d like your help We know that young people can find out information through existing routes (Google Bing etc.) and this is reflected in the information on the current site, but we’d also like them to access information within our own services. 

If you have such information you feel young people should be accessing, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Steven and his team and they can discuss how this information is signposted from the site. This could be anything from local groups they might like to join, where they could get discounts or where they could get advice on relationships, sports or drugs and alcohol. We are also looking for groups of young people that would like to use the platform so they can explore issues relevant to them and if you contact the team they will be happy to work with you and your group to develop this. One future possibility is also a live chat facility called “Ask the Expert” where young people would have access to a professional live online to discuss a particular topic such as Apprenticeships, Mental Health, Bullying or Sexual Health.

If this is something you would be interested in - please get in touch. ‘Just Simply Ask’ for more information 

The contact details for us are on the website - - using the feedback form or alternatively contact Steven Cook the project manager on or telephone 01740652000

Youth Homeless North East Newsletter **Current**

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CYPNow Daily Children & Young People **New**

CYPNow's daily breaking news bulletin delivers the top stories affecting the sector every working day.

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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

Barry Flux   

Youth Focus: North East Annual Stakeholder Questionnaire **Current**

Good Afternoon 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

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 Kerryann is based across the South and West of the region, contact her on

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. 

Stamp it Out **Current**

Investing in Children who are part of the County Durham mental health anti-stigma and discrimination group Stamp It Out have been working with students from New College Durham who created and performed an amazing bespoke performance in the form of a Flash-Mob on World Mental Health. 

This talented group of students from the college are helping to tackle mental health stigma amongst young people and within education. 

For more information on the Stamp It Out Project you can click on the Twitter and Facebook icons 

Or contact Chris Affleck on 0191 3746113 or email

Youth Homeless North East Newsletter **Current**

Please share this information with your colleagues. If you would like to share your own information and have it posted on the Youth Homeless North East website please email:

START TODAY July Updated Information 2017 **Current**

The START TODAY booklet lists current apprenticeship and training opportunities in County Durham 16 – 19 year olds.

This booklet contains information on providers offering year round opportunities to help you get a job, course or apprenticeship. Some of the opportunities offer financial help, bonuses, or are set at less than 16 hours per week, so if you receive benefits these may not be affected. Some of the opportunities are offered at venues across the county. These are listed as countywide opportunities. We have grouped the other opportunities by their venue location. You don’t have to live in that area to access their courses. You can get more information by contacting the provider directly.
Youth Educators in Durham  

Centrepoint, in partnership with the Monkey Project, are offering young people aged 18-24 the opportunity to deliver awareness raising sessions across the region. Normally associated with challenging stereotypes and stigmas surrounding homelessness, this time we will be focussing on financial hardship. We will be discussing the impact that it can have on the choices and decisions that people are able to make along with short and long term implications this can have. 

Participants will help develop the sessions to ensure that materials are appropriate for our intended audience and that the message gets across clearly. They will also work on communications skills to support them with presenting a more/short personal piece of work to be shared, based on their own experience(s). 

v Participants will receive AQA certificates in Social Education & Peer Leadership, Equality & Diversity and Planning a Youth Work activity; 
v Training usually takes place over 4-6 sessions in venues that will be easy to get and close to where they live; 
v Awareness raising sessions will take place in/with schools, colleges and youth & community groups; and 
v We will reimburse travel costs and provide refreshments, so the whole programme is free. 

We only ask that participants are aged 18-24, have some experience of financial hardship, are committed to completing the training and attend a minimum of 3 awareness raising sessions with Centrepoint staff.

To sign up to this exciting opportunity, or to discuss it in further detail, please contact Alex at Centrepoint on 0191 510 9762 or 07734 968 801 or email
Happiness and Harm Awareness Could Keep Young People From Drinking and Smoking **Current**

Promoting young people's levels of well-being and making them aware of the harms of smoking and drinking could keep them away from alcohol and cigarettes, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. 

The report shows that young people who were happier and more aware of the harms of alcohol and cigarettes were more likely to never drink or smoke than those who were less aware or perceived themselves as less happy. 

Rural Spotlight on Young People **Current**

A roundup of our news, research and work provided by the Rural Services Network, highlighting issues for young people in rural areas in the last 12 months.

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Poverty is making children sick **Current**

A new report by Child Poverty Action Group and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has found that two thirds of paediatricians say poverty and low income are seriously affecting the health of children they see.

Children and young people's mental health **Current**

A report by the Health and Education Committees found that financial pressures are restricting the provision of mental health services in schools and colleges. The next Government must review the effect of the budget reductions in the education sector, the report adds. 

Children's safety on the Internet **Current**

NSPCC research has revealed that a majority of children think social media sites need to do more to protect them from harmful content such as bullying and pornography. NSPCC is calling for the next government to crack down on internet companies who fail to keep children safe.

Type 1 Kidz Reports **Current**

Check out these two articles about engaging children and young people with type 1 diabetes and the telehealth system, which will also be going into the Journal of Diabetes Nursing soon.
If you have any issues opening these reports please don't hesitate to contact Kyle on 0191 374 6113 or
The Type 1 Kidz project. Part 1: Engaging children and young people with type 1 diabetes
in their own health and wellbeing 
The Type 1 Kidz project. Part Two: Introducing a simple telehealth system

21 Reasons for using IiC **Current**

Check out our next short video clip and see 21 reasons for using IiC.

Check this out on our Facebook and Twitter page too plus see all the other amazing project IiC is involved in by following us on Twitter, liking our page on Facebook


Young Parents' Advice website **Current**

A new website has been launched as part of Family Rights Group's Young Parents Project.  The website provides easy-to-follow information about the laws and procedures young mothers and fathers may need to know about if their children are, or have been, involved with children's services.

New Childline app to connect young people through mobile devices **Current**

Childline has launched an app that is the first to provide counselling to young people in need of help directly through their mobile devices. The app has been named 'For Me' to ensure that it can be discreetly installed. This means that if someone happens to see the young person's phone they can't tell it's a Childline service.

Girls from poorer families in England struggle to afford sanitary protection **Current**

Girls from low-income families across England are struggling to afford sanitary protection, with many teachers buying tampons for their students or seeking help with supplies from charities and voluntary groups, the Guardian has been told. Charities, campaigners and teachers say that the problem is happening in cities and rural areas across the country, describing girls missing school, using donations, or wearing makeshift protection during their period.

eXtreme Group **Current**

Check out our next video clip about the eXtreme group and the benefits it has made on young people.
The group has been involved in discussion around the design of Transition Services, Home to School Transport and was actively involved in the development of the services in relation to the new SEND reforms leading discussions during a series of seminars and workshops with parents/carers, commissioners and service providers. 


Borderless Partnership **Current**

Check out our next video about the borderless partnership with Norway and the experiences the young people haven taken from this partnership. 

You can also check this video out on our Facebook and Twitter page by clicking on the icons below, or to find out more information check out our website.out more information check out our website.


IIC CAMHS **Current**

Check out Investing in Children's next short video clip about CAMHS by clicking on the link below or check it out on our Facebook & Twitter page.
If you would like to find out more information about CAMHS or any other projects that Investing in Children is involved in please click on the icons below to go to our Facebook & Twitter page plus our Website which you will find all the projects we are involved in.