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


Family Action Bridge Young Carers - Young Carers Charter **New**

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 philippa.may@family-action.org.uk Kerryann is based across the South and West of the region, contact her on Kerryann.stewart@family-action.org.uk

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@youthfocusne.org.uk

Barry Flux   

Shout Action Change @ Christmas **Current**

YHNE are hosting a special, Christmas themed Shout Action Change event where we will be presenting the findings from our annual survey of youth homelessness in the North East and our research into New Psychoactive Substances ('legal highs') along with a a range of activities across the day. We will be finishing the day with a very festive Christmas buffet and carol service (christmas jumpers optional but encouraged!). 

Download the event flyer and programme HERE. 

Date: Monday 11th December 2017 Time: 10am-2.30pm Venue: MEA House, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8XS

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 chris.affleck@investinginchildren.net

Make them unstoppable this autumn **Current**

Teenagers across the North East are being urged to book their place on the life-changing National Citizen Service (NCS). If you're 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS.

http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/what-is-ncs

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: info@yhne.org.uk

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 a.mallett@centrepoint.org
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.

Click Here for more information

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 kyle.firby@investinginchildren.net
  
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.
https://youtu.be/fOzVwE9VQU0
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.
 
https://youtu.be/tTyLyrdSW1o 

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.