Our successes

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We wanted to share with you some of our successes and some of the key pieces of work that we have delivered.  These are just the tip of the iceberg.  If you want to find out more about what Young Devon does and the impact it has then get in touch.

When Bullying turns to hate

When Bullying turns to hate

Bullying is everywhere in the world and affects all manner of people. There are many great organisations and groups who are dedicated to reducing bullying and supporting those who are subjected to it. Despite of society’s best efforts, bullying is still prevalent, and carries with it, the significant negative impact on the mental state of its ‘victims’. In some instances, bullying can even expand to hate as J found out. J is a 16 year old girl who experienced hate crime because of the racial bullying she was subjected to. As a young person who accessed our services, her story tells of how she…

SASQ What We Have Achieved

SASQ What We Have Achieved

Established 8 years ago our Change Academy (with staff-teams based in Newton Abbot, Exeter, Honiton, Torquay, Barnstaple and Plymouth) works to provide young people with the opportunities to engage in a mix of skills & training programmes alongside specific community volunteering and social action projects.  Step Up & Independent Living Skills - Qualifications in progression (Barnstaple, Exeter, and Torbay) A range of flexible and responsive programmes in general and pre-vocational qualifications that have been devised with the aim to progress young people into further learning and/or…

Apprenticeship Success!! Hannah Matson writes about her time as an apprentice at Young Devon.... I started my apprenticeship in January... More►

Testimony for Victim Care Support

Testimony for Victim Care Support

I am a 13 year old who was a victim of crime when I was 10 years old. I told someone about the crime earlier this year and the police were then involved. It was suggested to my mother that I receive support from Victims of Crime and I was introduced to someone called Nikki. We talked about the event and how this had affected me and also my family. Nikki discovered that I like spending time around animals and she arranged for me to visit Pennywell Farm, The Hedgehog hospital and also The Mare and Foal Sanctuary. During these outings Nikki and I talked about how the crime made me feel and how I…

Praise for Skills and Qualifications Tutors!

Praise for Skills and Qualifications Tutors!

Young Devon has recently been conducting Internal Quality Assurance observations of the Skills and Qualification projects!  The Skills and Qualifications team aim to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to develop careers, go back into education or find additional training after the courses are finished.  We have looked at the quality of teaching and learning including the learning environment, relationships between the tutor and learner, the relationships of peers, resources and session plans, quality of delivery and outcomes. We have also spoken to all of the learners about how…

Plymouth Listen in Care Council

Plymouth Listen in Care Council

Lot’s of good work has been going on over in Plymouth for children in care over the last few weeks.  The Listen and Care Council are made up of a number of young people aged 13 – 21 years. They make sure children in care have a voice and that the people who make decisions know what children in care want and need. The LACC group are getting involved in important decision making at the moment, allowing them to have an influential and powerful voice. In Plymouth there is a tendering process underway to look at who will be the provider for the Advocacy and Independent Visitor Service for Plymouth…

Young people involved in Princes Trust make a difference in their community

Young people involved in Princes Trust make a difference in their community

For our community project my team chose to work in Vicary’s Field Community Garden near Baker’s Park in Newton Abbot. It is one of the key projects of Transition Newton Abbot (TNA) and aims to provide a pleasant community space and growing area for local people. The space is an organic garden where local people can go to grow their own vegetables, herbs, plants. We wanted to get involved and help improve the space for everyone that uses it and make it more accessible. Our project included building a new gate, slope for disability access, a bench, a toolbox and 3 raised flower beds. We had to…

Training helps improve mental health support

Training helps improve mental health support

Led by voluntary organisation Young Devon, a recent study found youth clubs could help prevent young people developing serious mental health issues, through strong relationships with staff and the signposting they offer. But it also revealed a hunger among youth workers for training to help improve the support they provide. So Young Devon teamed up with the charity YoungMinds to develop a training programme. Action: In April 2013, Young Devon started delivering one-day training to youth workers across the South West. Divided into three sessions, the training provides an introduction to mental…

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