Youth Work in County Durham

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

 

NYA Roadshow/Regional Conversation with the Youth Sector in the North East

As colleagues will have seen, the statutory review of youth work and services for young people is now underway. There are now a number of national initiatives that are going to directly affect the youth sector in our region.

At the last meeting of the Youth Sector Leaders Group, it was agreed that we would coordinate a Regional Conversation with the youth sector in the North East, some time in the autumn. We have now spoken with Leigh Middleton, the Chief Executive of the National Youth Agency (NYA), and agreed that we will combine our Regional Conversation with the current NYA roadshow programme which is taking place nationally.

The date of the event will be Thursday 12th September. This will be the date for the joint NYA Roadshow/Regional Conversation for the youth sector in the North East.  The venue will be Sunderland University. Full details and booking link are here.

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.

Make Your Mark Youth Voice

I am currently leading on pupil voice for Education Durham and I have been given your contact details by Sandy Denny as I understand you are a good person to speak to help to ensure that the ‘Make Your Mark’ UK-wide ballot reaches all young people in County Durham. The following info is being sent to all schools, academies and settings to encourage them to register to receive ballot papers (or downloadable tally sheets) and I wondered if there are any organisations which you could register or if you’d like to register as ‘Durham Voice’ and then distribute accordingly in September when the ballot takes place.

Make Your Mark – an opportunity for all 11-18 year olds to share their voice

Each year, 11-18 year olds across the country have the chance to have their voices heard on issues that are important to them by completing the Make Your Mark ballot, the UK’s largest youth consultation (1.1 million young people involved in 2018).

We are keen for all schools, academies and youth organisations to register to receive ballot papers by the 18th July deadline to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to have their voice heard.

Ten topics will be available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the top 2 UK wide topics and the top 3 devolved topics being discussed by MYPs at their November debate in the House of Commons (subject to approval by the new Parliament).

Voting can take place any time between 23rd August and 9th October. Visit www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark/schools-colleges-and-youth-organisations to register now.

Please let me know if you have any questions: feel free to pass my email address on, too: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Review Launched into Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities on Providing Youth Services

Civil Society Minister Mims Davies announced today that the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a review of the guidance for local authorities which sets out how they should secure activities and services for young people.
The review aims to focus attention on the positive role local authorities can play in the provision of youth services, and ensure the guidance is useful and accessible for those who need it most.
The review process will begin with a series of sector led roundtables, including the Youth Voice Steering Group which was set up following the publication of the Civil Society Strategy, the Local Government Association and the National Advisory Board of the National Youth Agency.
A public call for evidence will be open for 8 weeks over the Summer, from late July to September. Until the public call for evidence begins any enquiries about this process should be addressed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Youth Homeless North East Newsletter

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NECA and Gamcare - Gambling Awareness Training and Workshops

14% young people in the Great Britain spend their own money on some form of gambling each week (IPSOS Mori 2018). The financial, social and mental health impacts of gambling are a major area of safeguarding concern for young people. 

NECA in Partnership with GamCare offers FREE, one-hour interactive awareness workshops for young people aged 11-19, delivered by their BigDeal Youth Outreach Team. 

They also offer FREE training sessions for professionals working with young people, delivered by the NECA Big Deal Youth Outreach Team.

For further information please contact NECA Young Peoples Outreach Worker on 0191 562 3309.

Labour pledges new protections for youth work to counter decade of cuts

Many parts of the UK no longer have a "recognisable" youth service thanks to nearly a decade of cuts to local authority funding, the Labour Party has said.

Cat Smith MP has set out Labour's youth work vision. Image: Parliament UK

Shadow minister for voter engagement and youth affairs Cat Smith said the loss of youth work in communities has had a "devastating impact on young lives" resulting in chronic levels of loneliness, mental health issues and rising knife crime.

More Information

Tyneside Cinema - Documentary Academy

This year's Documentary Academy will run from May to July, on Mon 29 - Fri 31 May (Half-term), all Saturdays from 8 June to 20 July and Sunday 16 June (for shooting the films). Sessions from 10am to 4pm.

The Documentary Academy is open to anyone aged 15-19 from across the North East and is completely free. There are 16 places on the programme and participants learn the basics of making a documentary film from coming up with the initial idea through to screening the finished work at Tyneside Cinema. You don’t need any previous filmmaking experience, just the desire to say something about the world you live in and a commitment to turn up at each session and get involved.

Meet other young people interested in film. Plan, shoot, edit and screen your own short documentary film. Work with industry professionals to develop your filmmaking skills. Receive free training in the use of professional camera, sound and editing equipment. See your films screened at a special premiere at Tyneside Cinema. Previous participants have used their experience from the programme to gain a place at university or as part of a portfolio to get work in the film industry.

To apply follow this link.  Deadline: 20th May 2019
Got a question? 0191 227 5508 or 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.
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

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

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.
https://youtu.be/p2TGloqK3tY
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.