The campaign aims to help young people:
• understand what a healthy relationship is and;
• re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual abuse and what consent means within their relationships
It also aims to help young people develop key skills and attributes such as empathy, respect, communication and negotiation so that they can enjoy healthy relationships as they grow up and in adulthood. By promoting healthy attitudes and behaviours at an early age, the campaign seeks to challenge damaging ones and prevent the onset of domestic violence in adults in the long term.
Additional resources on how to use the Disrespect NoBody campaign with 8 – 12 and 16 - 18 year olds are also available.
BriteSpark Films are making a documentary in which a group of young people go to America, to a Florida correctional facility, and take part in a programme aimed at preventing offending and improving behaviour.
They're looking for 'youngsters who are at a bit of a crossroads' - young people aged 16-17 who might be offending, e.g. shoplifting, TWOC, have behavioural problems, aren't getting on with family, getting in trouble at school.
The producers have asked anyone interested to contact them for a chat, telephone number 0207 704 3300, email email@example.com
Children North East - Peer Mentoring Scheme **New**
Children North East is a charity that supports young people and families across the region. They are excited to have started a Peer Mentoring project for young people aged between 11-18, and are hoping to recruit some volunteers aged between 17-25 who can work 1-1 with the young people to help build confidence and access activities/social events that they may not have done otherwise. All expenses etc. are paid and they also provide thorough training which is accredited.
Volunteers can apply online here
Youth Focus: North East Youth Loneliness and Isolation Seminar **New**
Wednesday 28 March 2018 10:00am to 1:00pm
Youth Focus: North East, New Century House, West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HR
Youth Focus: North East would like to invite you to this seminar to discuss the challenges presented by youth loneliness and isolation, and to explore potential solutions and pieces of work. Research by the Co-operative Foundation in 2016 found that 32% of 16 to 24 year-olds feel lonely often or always. From our own work here at Youth Focus: North East we have been aware of a growing number of young people who are lonely and isolated or are at greater risk of becoming so. Over the last eighteen months, we have been developing and delivering work directly focused on beginning to tackle youth loneliness and isolation.
The main aims of the seminar are to:
Discuss the impact of youth loneliness and isolation on the young people we are working with;
Identify any new trends in young people, which appear to be driven by aspects of being lonely and isolated;
Share what we are doing in our own work, be this directly or indirectly, which we feel or know has a positive impact on youth loneliness and isolation;
Explore and agree ways that we can work together effectively in order to have a meaningful impact on tackling youth loneliness and isolation; and
Support each other to work to tackle what is a huge societal issue.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 23 March to reserve a place.
If you have any questions about the seminar or our wider youth loneliness and isolation work – please contact Steve Watson on 0191 4779966 or email@example.com
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.