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More Than A Room - Join the Campaign

More Than A Room - Join the Campaign

In the last year Young Devon has provided over 48,000 bed nights for young people.  For us, that’s 48,000 too many. But whilst there are young people who need a roof over their head tonight, we will be here to help. But we can only do so much. Our funds are limited and we want to make sure that every one of the young people that we house feels like they are home.  To do this we need your help.  A few pounds can make such a difference.  So help us make a young person feel at home this Christmas. Just £5 will let them enjoy a Christmas lunch. £10 will buy a Christmas gift.  £100 will transform a…

William Coats; a photographer to look out for.

William Coats; a photographer to look out for.

We are delighted to be exhibiting the work of William Coats, a young and passionate self-taught photographer whom Young Devon has been working with, at our restaurant space in Market Street. William dedicates an immense amount of time into taking his detailed and captivating photos. His beautifully composed imagery is available to purchase from Market Street and we hope to get his work recognised in the world. Young Devon are dedicated to supporting and enabling opportunities for our young people. As an ambitious photographer, William was keen to progress with his talent to “understand the…

"..Market Street one of the best restaurants in Devon.."

In December 2016 Young Devon opened Market Street, its restaurant at our Change Academy building in Newton Abbot.  Market Street hasn't only put the best plate of food that they will get in front of its guests but has offered training and apprentceship opportunities to over 30 local young people; a real social enterprsie. Lead by Ali & Andy and with the fantastic support of our apprentice Aaron, the A Team have created something brilliant and of which everyone at Young Devon is rightly proud.  But don't just take our word for it; here's what One Magazine thinks. Book now to come down and…

Defying Diabetes by Jamie Fernandes

Defying Diabetes by Jamie Fernandes

Dealing with diabetes is hard work, I should know. I wasn’t exactly born with diabetes. It surfaced when I hit puberty, about 10 years old; the bodily changes triggered it to come alive. To attempt to explain the strange feelings I experienced at the time is difficult. To live one lifestyle and then be forced to change it due to something out of my control was beyond challenging. We noticed there was something wrong when I began to drink ridiculous amounts of water. Initially my mum was thrilled until she realised this was just way too out of character (I hardly ever drank water before.) I…

Market Street; caring about Christmas

Market Street; caring about Christmas

"Market Street is one of the best restaurants in Devon for a superb dining experience."    Young Devon has created a truly superb social enterprise that is serving brilliant food and providing high quality training for local young people.  This week we are launching our Christmas Menu that will stand up against any in Devon. So take your chance to eat some brilliant food and support the work of this progressive charity by booking your Christmas do now.  At £17.00 for two course and £20.00 for three you won't find better anywhere; we're 100% certain of that.  All we ask is that you book a week…

We’re Going on a Youth Work Hunt by Chief Executive, Andy Moreman

We’re Going on a Youth Work Hunt by Chief Executive, Andy Moreman

Now I’ll be honest.  I may have misunderstood something a little, got the wrong end of the stick you could say. I had a particular view of Michael Rosen’s award winning book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.  You see I’d viewed the illustrations and had come to the assumption that it was the story of a father taking his family on a bear hunt. Now you’ll forgive me for being judgemental here but no, I thought, let’s not go on a bear hunt.  Without claiming to be anything like a skilled parent I was at least confident that I recognised bad choices when I saw them.  Let’s not take a family of small…

Babcock, a world of opportunities!

Babcock, a world of opportunities!

Babcock is looking for exceptional apprentices to train across various apprenticeships at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth. At Babcock you’ll gain all the knowledge and skills you need. The vast knowledge you’ll build with these experiences will equip you with some of the most in-demand skills right now. And with our support and structured training, not to mention many rewarding tasks, you’ll gain all the knowledge, skills and experience you need to be one of the best.  Craft Engineering apprentices start with an annual salary of £10,280 and our Higher Level Engineering Apprentices start…

Getting back into work

Getting back into work

Our friends at Motiv-8 SW are running their Getting Back to Work programme at the Change Academy in Newton Abbot between the 4th & 15th September. This ten day programme is designed for anyone aged 19+ who needs help moving forward towards employment.  Their experientail learning programme will get you fit and ready to return to the workplace. Motiv-8's experienced coaching team will show you wats to boost your self-confidence, set goals, improve your CV and interview technique.  They will help overcome the barriers and challenges that you may face and engage with employers and so find…

Rhys is the word - my apprenticeship with Young Devon

Rhys is the word - my apprenticeship with Young Devon

My time as an apprentice at the Exeter YES has flown by, especially since Christmas. In that time I have learned a lot and have been given a mix of tasks and challenges, even including being part of the panel to meet with and interview the new CEO (here's hoping for a reference from Andy for my next role haha!). I've called, scanned, photocopied, printed, laminated and stapled my way through the last year helping any staff in the Exeter YES with anything they might need and enjoyed the responsibility of making things run smoothly and being the person to turn to for a multitude of questions…

Quizzes at the New Inn near Crediton raise £1,420 for Young Devon carers

Quizzes at the New Inn near Crediton raise £1,420 for Young Devon carers

We received a cheque for £1,420, thanks to enthusiasts who attend monthly quizzes at the New Inn, Coleford.  We currently have 500 young carers from West Devon & South Hams area aged between 5 to 18yrs registered with the service.  The funding that has been raised by The New Inn will be used to support a number of activities and trips. The activities are vital as they help to decrease the young carer’s sense of isolation and they are able to meet other children & young people in similar situations.  They also have the opportunity to engage in leisure opportunities that often they miss…

Why all staff should make the most of the Job Shadowing Scheme

Why all staff should make the most of the Job Shadowing Scheme

I consider myself extremely lucky to have kick started my career with Young Devon. I entered the charity sector with one thing in mind; to learn, soak up new knowledge and gain as much experience as possible. I quickly learnt that Young Devon is the best place to be for this because of the support and encouragement they offer their staff. When I said I wanted to gain more experience working directly with young people, a form was thrust upon me and they quickly signed me up to the Job Shadowing scheme. The scheme is designed to give Young Devon staff a taste of what it is like to work in…

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