Public Health

Could your young people benefit from our 2016/17 programme?

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2016-17 programmeIt’s that time of year for us when we are busy travelling up and down the country briefing local authorities and schools about our world leading social norms intervention programme, R U Different?

Social norms is still widely accepted as being a successful early intervention tool across many different areas, including of course, health and wellbeing, especially that of teenagers whom we know are very much influenced by their peers.

A recent report by NESTA, cites social norms as “strong influencers of behaviour” and this is exactly why we use this to work with the young people themselves to create exciting campaigns. Read the rest of this entry »

Can we use Social Norms to predict the future?

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The eternal challenge when commissioning any mainstream preventative programme in health, crime or education is to measure the ‘what if’ in one, three, five or ten years’ time.

Sometimes the ‘what if’ is about defining how many smokers might have been reduced or the levels of abstention from alcohol resulting from correcting social norms.

Sometimes it is about the impacts that can be generated around protective behaviours, i.e. the improved confidence, resilience or self-esteem young people will benefit from by being involved in a particular programme.

As a socially driven, values based organisation, we are acutely aware of our responsibilities to evidence the impacts we are making with young people through our programmes.

Uni of SalfordThis is primarily the reason we embarked on a 30-month Knowledge Based Partnership (KTP) with the University of Salford. Not only did we want to be independently challenged, we wanted to apply the lessons we have learned to pioneer new territories of research.
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Changing Young Lives Using Mindfulness and Therapeutic Life Coaching

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Changing Young Lives Using Mindfulness and Therapeutic Life Coaching

The Emotional Health and Wellbeing of our young people remains our greatest challenge. Exam targets, conformity pressures and the 24/7 spotlight of social media are just some of the reasons cited for the rises in anxiety, depression and unhappiness we are seeing in our surveys. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-Bullying Campaign Takes First Prize

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Students at Ellesmere Park High School in Salford have won First Prize in our national R U Different? Enterprise Awards and received £500 of high street vouchers between them.

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First Prize goes to…!

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Ellesmere Park High School with their brilliant ‘Benjamin the anti-bullying buddy campaign’! Read the rest of this entry »

24 hours left to vote and it’s really close!

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We have had an overwhelming response so far but there is still one more day to vote for your winner in the R U Different? Enterprise Awards!

There are a total of eight fantastic campaigns that have been nominated and it can be revealed that it’s extremely close between the top three, so your vote really does make all the difference! Read the rest of this entry »

Youth-led Health Promotion

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cypnow article-cuppaReading through the latest issue of Children & Young People Now, an article caught my eye.

The ‘Skills for the job’ section talks about the need for youth organisations to “actively involve young people in developing policies for a healthy lifestyle”.

So why is this important?

Well as we know, for years, health education in schools has taken a scaremongering approach telling young people what not to do and the risks of doing it. Read the rest of this entry »