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National Work Life Week

National Work Life Week

National Work-Life Week 2017 is taking place from 2nd – 6th October 2017 The week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance. The week is run by Working Families, the UK’s work life balance charity, and sister organisation Family Friendly Working Scotland. They have been supporting family friendly workplaces for nearly 40 years. Please click on the link below for further information on National Work Life Week. https://www.workingfamilies.org.uk/employers/national-work-life-week/ Young Devon believes in the need for work-life balance…

Why work for Young Devon?

Why work for Young Devon?

Young Devon provides a wide and far reaching variety of services making us unique as an employer. As part of our 2017 Commitments following the last Workforce Survey, we have tried to raise awareness of the non-paid benefits of working for Young Devon. During 2017, we have asked for feedback from you, the workforce, on what you enjoy about and feel are the benefits of working for Young Devon Thank you to everyone who has given feedback throughout the year and at our All-Staff Day in July. Here is what you said….. Making a difference to young people’s lives – this has been mentioned LOTS! Amazing…

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…

A Big Thank You to Exeter NCS Team 3

A Big Thank You to Exeter NCS Team 3

Huge thanks to the NCS group that have generously donated their time and resources to us at the Exeter YES centre over this last week! Not only have they helped give two of our most used rooms in the centre a new lease of life through decorating, they’ve also fundraised £290 for us to be able to spend where needed to further support young people. The NCS team initially came to us with an idea to provide a safe space where young people in crisis could get away to gather themselves, which is an insightful and brilliant idea. This coincided with our plans to rejuvenate our two most used rooms in…

BFI Film Academy in Plymouth

BFI Film Academy in Plymouth

Open to young people from anywhere in the UK, and from any background, the BFI Film Academy offers a real chance for talented young people aged 16 -19 to be part of our future film industry.  Open to young people from anywhere in the UK, and from any background, the Film Academy offers a real chance for talented young people aged 16 -19 to be part of our future film industry. It includes 57 taught hours outside of school times between October and December, with students gaining access to the BFI alumni and an NCFE level 2 award on completion. The programme is the only one of its kind in Devon…

NCS Minds Defined: A Young Person led mental health awareness day

NCS Minds Defined: A Young Person led mental health awareness day

We are Minds Defined, a group of young people completing an NCS programme as part of Young Devon. This stage of the programme requires us to complete a social action project and we have chosen to raise awareness about mental health and make a difference to our local community.    We are holding a Mental Health Awareness Day at the Change Academy in Newton Abbot on Friday 18th August, drop in 11-4pm. At the event, there will be a plethora of stalls offering a range of advice for mental well-being.  Share Tweet

Sketch Comedy Summer School

Sketch Comedy Summer School

Fast and Funny are throwing a young people Sketch Comedy Summer School, for ages 7-18 next week at the Plymouth School of Creative Arts.  They currently have 5 bursary placements left for any young people who would love to come but can't afford it. They are offering a discount to anyone who is booking a group of 4 or more young people on to the course.  A message from Fast and Funny; A few things worth mentioning are that the young people interested absolutely do not need to be, or consider them self to be, funny in any way! We are going to teach them the necessary skills to perform and make…

Acceptance = Peace

Acceptance = Peace

Bea, a member of our Youth Council talks about what peace means to her for International Youth Day.... What is the meaning of a ‘peaceful world’? Is it a world where children are able to roam freely in their towns without the fear of harm? Is it a world where everyone is seen as equal regardless of culture, gender or sexual orientation? Or is it something completely different… This is a question that we as a society are trying to answer. For me, a peaceful world is one where discrimination is the taboo rather than religion. Where I, as a young person, can make my own decisions as to how I…

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