Public Health

The decision is yours!

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ru-awards-twitter-2015-640x320The short listed entries for the Enterprise Awards 2015 have been revealed and we now need you to decide on the winner!

2015 video thumbnailWe have compiled a short video to remind you of the fantastic campaigns from year 9 students across the UK.

Voting will be open for a fortnight and the winners announced shortly after that.

There is £1000 worth of prizes available to the top three campaigns, so your vote really does count!

Young People Wow Us Once Again!

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The final week of term is upon us and what a fantastically successful year it has been for R U Different?

2014-15 has been the biggest year for us to date with many new schools across the UK and Denmark taking part in the programme.

After their introduction in the last academic year, our enterprise days have once again been a huge success in schools, proving young people are truly the experts in leading change!

One that particularly caught our eye came from year 9’s at Netherwood ALC in Barnsley (pictured).

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Social Norms Specialist Joins the Team

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Social Sense is delighted to welcome Kevin Stoodley to it’s ever expanding team, joining as a full time Programme Developer.

A big advocate of Social Norms, Kevin has a wealth of experience in applying Social Norms work in the field and working with a team of academics to develop techniques around focus group research, test and re-test procedures and report writing.

Kevin’s past has seen him develop and project manage both a 3 year pilot Social Norms Intervention Programme ‘Reality Check’ in 2 Gateshead schools and a 2 year Regional Research Programme evaluating ‘Social Norms 4 Schools’ a Social Norms Intervention Programme across 16 secondary schools. Involving pupils aged 13-15 years, both projects sought to investigate sex and alcohol related risk-taking themes. In 2010, Kevin was awarded ‘Overall Winner’ status by NHS North East’s ‘Sexual Health Awards’.

Currently working towards a PhD in Psychology, Kevin has spent a significant amount of time working alongside Northumbria University to develop ethically sound and academically robust research methodologies, statistical testing and published research. Read the rest of this entry »

Mindfulness – the next part of our journey

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mindfulness-title (2)Over the past 6 years we have been working with young people on programmes designed to challenge perceptions, create informed choices and build resilience.

Identifying and tackling Social Norms can make a measurable difference in terms of reducing risk taking behaviour among teenagers and adolescents. Understanding peer behaviour has enabled us to measurably tackle drinking, smoking and drug rates.

When it comes to emotional health and wellbeing however, a more subtle approach is often needed. Read the rest of this entry »

Roadshow Opens Up New Opportunities

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ConferenceSocial Sense attracted over 150 visitors from throughout the UK to their recent national roadshows, where engaging positively and measurably with young people was top of the agenda.

Delegates from local authorities, schools, public health groups and many more joined the team at venues in Manchester, Newcastle, London and Birmingham. Social Sense presented and discussed the work which they have been doing over the last 5 years, and the exciting and engaging future projects which are on the horizon. Read the rest of this entry »

We’re Changing Young Lives for the Better! Come & find out how!

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Investment in Early Intervention and Prevention strategies can change lives and lead to incredible physical, emotional and financial benefits.

We’re therefore delighted that over 100,000 young people are benefitting from an approach that is changing attitudes and perceptions for the better, which in turn is leading to healthier lifestyle choices for young people.

Social Sense is launching a series of events in February and March 2015 and this is your invitation to come along to find out ‘what works’ when it comes to engaging young people. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s New for 2015?

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In 2015 (February and March) we will be launching a series of showcase events in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and London. The events will share key evaluation findings from the programme and bring delegates up to speed on the latest Ofsted changes affecting PSHE in schools. Dates will be announced early January (although you can register your interest now).

We will also officially be launching our next major programme #ctzn (www.ctzn.co.uk) which is a mobile platform for recognising and rewarding young people for positive contributions they are making to their schools and communities.

Finally we will adding 6-10 new members to our team and continuing our search for delivery partners in other parts of the UK. We will also be looking for more charities who we can support and work alongside. Please contact us if you are interested in working with us!

Thanks once again for your amazing support this year and from everyone at Social Sense, have a fabulous Christmas and New Year.