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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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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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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.

Exciting New R U Different? Website Launch

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We are very excited to have launched our brand new website for our world leading social norms programme R U Different? which has gone live today.

Not only does it have a fresh new look but it has been updated with the latest information for Local Authorities, Schools and even Parents.
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