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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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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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Social Sense moves into Denmark

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Manchester based Social Sense has landed a historic licensing agreement which will take their leading programme R U Different? (www.rudifferent.co.uk) into up to 50 Danish schools for a minimum of 2 years.

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It’s the ‘why’ that inspires ‘what’ we do

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The summer gives us all a great opportunity to reflect on what we need do over the next 12 months.

However, how many of us really take the time to stop and think about why we are going to do it?

Today I thought I’d share with you Social Sense’s ‘7 Big Why’s’ – i.e. the reasons we set up programmes like R U Different? to positively disrupt and improve the lives of thousands.

It is after all, the ‘why’s’ that inspire us all to do ‘what’ we do. Read the rest of this entry »

Last Chance to Vote!

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Since launching our Social Norms Enterprise Awards last week, we have had a staggering response with people voting in their thousands!

If you haven’t yet voted for who you want to win our first ever Enterprise Award, please do not delay! You can view the fantastic entries and place your all important vote here.

So whether or not your local school has made the shortlist or you just really enjoy one of the campaigns, please support and vote for your favourite NOW!

The voting will close at 5pm Wednesday 16th July with the winner to be announced shortly after.

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R U Different? Enterprise Awards 2014

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From Breakfast Selfies to Reverse Graffiti smoking campaigns, Young People have taken the Social Norms approach to unprecedented and outrageously new levels this year.

They have inspired each other by flying the ‘flag of truth’ all across the UK in a bid to challenge perceptions and empower others with the more positive reality.

These awards have been created in recognition of the mind-blowingly creative ideas they have delivered during our Enterprise Days this term.

The campaigns are making measurable differences to the attitudes, perceptions and behaviours of their peers. They are disrupting communities. They are fighting back against the media misers who continually write them off. And the message is getting through loud and clear.

But in the end, there can only be one winner…! Read the rest of this entry »