Youth Work in County Durham

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Youth Focus: North East e-newsletter

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet Jessie & Friends!

We are delighted to announce the launch of Jessie & Friends, our new online safety education resource for 4-7 year olds.

Based on a series of three fun, age-appropriate animations, Jessie & Friends follows Jessie, Mo and Tia as they view, share and game their way towards a safer future online.

The animations are accompanied by:

- a catchy song, storybooks and posters

- a detailed resource pack with engaging learning activities on key topics including trust, consent, and healthy and unhealthy online behaviours, plus guidance on safe and effective delivery of Jessie & Friends

- advice for parents and carers on using Jessie & Friends to start a positive, age-appropriate online safety conversation with their child

We are delighted that Jessie & Friends has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark in recognition of the high-quality, safe learning opportunities it provides.

All Jessie & Friends resources for professionals can be downloaded here, and you’ll find content for parents and carers here.

Look out for Jessie, Tia and Mo in the media today! Please do search for #JessieAndFriends and add your voice to help us get the word out to more parents and carers and professionals who work with children.

We hope you like the new resources and look forward to your feedback, and that of the children you work with.

Best wishes,

The CEOP Education Team

Loneliness and Isolation

Last week, Youth Focus: North East visited Durham Johnston School as part of the school's Make the Grade event. We delivered four workshops to a total of 128 Year 9 pupils to get them thinking about youth loneliness and isolation; looking at the causes and consequences, and identifying some positive actions.

The pupils had lots of ideas, including some new ones our team hadn't heard of previously. One positive outcome was that a number of the students we met are interested in developing some of their thoughts into a social action project through our You + Us programme.

If you would like to find out more about our workshops around youth loneliness and isolation or our social action projects please contact Steve or Zoe on 0191 4779966  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

British Youth Council receives £170k to lead 'youth voice' projects

A pilot "youth voice" initiative will help young people to shape national policy, the minister for civil society has claimed.

Funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will be used to set up a youth steering group, a young inspectors group and digital youth engagement research project for those aged 10 to 25.

More information

No-Deal Brexit Threatens EU Youth Scheme

A no-deal Brexit could leave thousands of young people studying and training abroad through the Erasmus+ programme without funding. A Department for Education technical notice published states that if the UK leaves the EU with a deal in place then funding for the current programme, which runs from until 2020, will be unaffected. However, if there is no agreement over the withdrawal of the UK from the EU then the government will need to negotiate with the European Commission to ensure British young people applying after the UK exits the EU on 29 March 2019 can receive funding. Erasmus+ offers opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe. It also funds youth groups and services. Launched in 2014, the current programme is set to expire in 2020.

Stockton Riverside College - Distance Learning

Stockton Riverside College is offering a programme of free distance learning courses for anyone aged 19+.

Learners will gain a recognised qualification while working from home.

For a copy of the brochure of available courses, click here. For more information on the Distance Learning courses email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YHNE launches a pioneering idea to combat youth loneliness

Youth Homeless North East (YHNE) has announced the launch of a new project to combat youth loneliness in the North East funded by the Cooperative Foundation and Her Majesty’s Government. ‘About the Space’ is a pioneering program for young people between 14 and 25 years affected by loneliness to share their experiences.

Home Office Disrespect NoBody Campaign - Teaching Resources

The PSHE Association and the Home Office have launched new and improved teaching resources which support the government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign.

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.

The resources (which are free to download here) have been developed in consultation with PSHE teachers and include: • A campaign discussion guide • Discussion guides, lesson plans and ready-made template slide decks on three topics: relationship abuse, sharing sexual images and consent • Interactive classroom activities, including agony aunt responses, true or false questions and myth busting activities

Additional resources on how to use the Disrespect NoBody campaign with 8 – 12 and 16 - 18 year olds are also available.

You can view and download other resources to support the campaign here, including resources for LGBT young people and social media graphics. You may also order up to 10 copies of a DVD hosting the campaign adverts to use alongside the guide by emailing the Disrespect NoBody campaign team.

Family Action Bridge Young Carers - Young Carers Charter 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Kerryann is based across the South and West of the region, contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stamp it Out 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

eXtreme Group 

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

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.


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.