Our MD Gary Lovatt was asked that recently by Bob Buckley, who chose Gary alongside 11 other guests for his first Twelve Scholars Podcast series.
They also discussed some of the factors behind decision making for young people and how Social Norms and Mindfulness can each play a role in changing lives and creating healthier society.
We hope you like it and will share your thoughts, plus your best and worst decisions too.😊
Firstly, we hope you all had a good festive break and we wish everyone a Happy New Year!
It’s easy to feel gloomy in January now Christmas is over and it’s back to pre-sunrise alarm calls, but it is a great time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to future plans.
This year is set to be an even busier one and we wanted to remind you about the fantastic programmes that we will be running across the UK: Read the rest of this entry »
By Gary Lovatt
Working intensively with partners from Health, Crime and Education it’s hard to get through a meeting these days without the mention of needing to build ‘better resilience’ in young people.
Indeed it’s refreshing that after years of apparent compartmentalisation of behaviours into different areas (alcohol, smoking, sexual activity, anti-social behaviour, self-harming etc) we’re learning that attitudes and behaviours generally start with addressing the protective factors that allow young people to make better, informed choices.
So how do you achieve and measure resilience? The answer is that you need to adopt a multi-targeted strategy, starting with examining the determinants of those behaviours in more detail. Read the rest of this entry »
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To round off a busy summer, we are really pleased to say that our brand new website has gone live today!
With a much needed fresher look, the long-awaited new site will act as the main ‘hub’ for information on our main products and programmes, R U Different?, Mindful Me and CTZN with links to their individual sites.
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Held at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, the awards brought together talented agencies, providers and government bodies to celebrate UK campaigns that have generated social impact and behaviour change in 2016.
On announcing the award, Ex-TV Presenter and host Andy Crane said:
“The judges described this entry as unique and significant. This is a category demanding significant behavioural change and Social Sense were clever in their use of social media. They also provided great evidence”.
Managing Director of Social Sense, Gary Lovatt (pictured central), said the team were delighted with the recognition.
“We know this programme is delivering life changing impacts. We see it in the data, the letters from young people and now had it verified from independent evaluations.
To have your industry peers recognise our work however is a very special moment and one that will spur us on to push on in our future growth.”
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The UK Public Sector Communications Awards have revealed their shortlist for this year and the Social Sense team are very proud to have made the finals with our R U Different? programme.
The prestigious awards “celebrate and reward excellent communication strategies and campaigns, teams and individuals in local and national government, emergency services and not-for-profit bodies from across the UK”.
R U Different? is up against seven other nominees in the Social Marketing Campaign of The Year category.
The ceremony takes place on 14 July at the Emirates Stadium in London and the whole team are very excited!
You can view the full shortlist here.
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It’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 »
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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.
This 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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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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…Ellesmere Park High School with their brilliant ‘Benjamin the anti-bullying buddy campaign’! Read the rest of this entry »
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