Youth Work

An exciting year ahead for Social Sense

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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.

2016 was great for us; an office relocation, new website launch, award win and the team doubling in size are amongst some of our achievements.

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 »

There’s more than one way to build resilience

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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 »

R U Different? wins coveted award

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Left to right: Shelley Wright (Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue), Gary Lovatt (MD of Social Sense), Jennifer Thomas-Whittington (Partnerships Manager at Social Sense)

Social Sense’s R U Different? programme won the 2016 Social Marketing Campaign of the Year Award at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards.

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.”

 

Seek Prevention not Treatment

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By Grace Kelly

It has been unavoidable in the news recently; from exam stress causing teen suicides to a report finding that more than 25% of young people referred to mental health services such as CAMHs are receiving no specialist help at all because cases are not deemed ‘serious’ enough.

The simple fact is that the numbers of young people suffering from crippling conditions like anxiety and depression is growing, with teen self-harm and suicide also on the increase; and mental health services simply cannot cope. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Youth Worker Support Required for Schools Project in Halton

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halton-councilWe have been commissioned by Halton Borough Council Public Health (for the second year running) to deliver our R U Different? Programme in nine Secondary Schools within the Halton area in 2015-16.

R U Different? is a social norms approach to positively tackling risky lifestyle choices by young people, and has been run in over 180 UK and International Schools, engaging over 100,000 young people, since its conception six years ago.

We are looking for organisations / individuals from Halton or surrounding areas, to support the delivery of two of our key interventions between March 2016 – May 2016.

Our requirement is to find both Support Team Members*and Lead Facilitators**. This work will be paid and within school hours (between 8am – 3.30pm) excluding travel time.

Social Sense will provide full training to recruited partners, who will then support and/or lead deliver our Interactive Assemblies and/or Enterprise Sessions to the schools involved. Safeguarding training and Quality Assurance checks are key priorities throughout our programmes.

We are looking for: experienced, reliable, youth organisation workers / youth workers / partner organisations who are interested in this type of delivery and who would welcome an extra income***.

*Generally on Enterprise Days, 2-5 support team members are required to floor walk/join specific tables and encourage students to develop positive Social Norms campaigns.

**A lead facilitator on the day would present and feedback, via an interactive assembly, the findings from the student’s survey that they completed in December 2015. For the Enterprise Day, a Lead Facilitator would be required to present and facilitate the sessions throughout the day.

***Delivery Days are spread out over a four month period (March – May), there will be approximately 9 days available.

For more information, please contact Grace Kelly, Programmes Manager, at grace@social-sense.co.uk or 0161 214 5216 / 07718346497.

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