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Young Devon HR Workshops

Young Devon HR Workshops

  We are pleased to announce the topics that will be covered in the four HR  workshops during 2017 4th April 2017    This workshop will focus on ‘Recruitment, induction and retention’ and will include:- Our recruitment process Putting together an advert, Job Description, shortlisting grids and interview questions Selection process including tests, interview panel (including young people panel) DBS process Our induction process Probation period and why this is important What can we do to help retain staff? This workshop would be of benefit to those who are new at line managing staff; also…

Tine and Ethan's 5K Fundraiser

Tine and Ethan's 5K Fundraiser

Our Exeter YES centre administrator Tine Casbolt and her son Ethan are running a 5K Inflatable course in aid of Young Devon.  Ethan chose Young Devon because he wanted to give back to other young people who are of a similar age to him.  Every penny counts. The money raised will help us to support young people in Devon live safer, happier and healthier lives. Last year we supported over 3000 young people aged 14-25 (the majority of whom are aged 16 -21), with a wide range of needs and areas of interest. Read more about their story and support them here...http://ow.ly/m0Fp30cEivF

Steve's Fundraising Adventure for Young Devon

Steve's Fundraising Adventure for Young Devon

Steve Warren Brown is fundraising for Young Devon Trading to raise money for our new social enterprise restaurant Market Street. Read all about his adventure..  THE RUMOUR IS TRUE…I AM GETTING STRAPPED TO A PLANE FOR THE ULTIMATE ROLLER COASTER RIDE……SPARE UNDERWEAR IS PACKED !!!!   Yes its true….on August the 4th, I am, for better or for worse, doing a wing-walk, in aid of Young Devon, and in particular, its trading arm, Young Devon trading.    Why NOW, and why Young Devon trading ???   Those of you that know me will know a few things about me;   1) I have ran my company for nearly 30 years 2)…

Breaking News: Our new CEO has been announced

Breaking News: Our new CEO has been announced

Yesterday we made the announcement to our staff of who is going to be our new CEO and leader. Today we are going public.  We are happy to announce that we have selected Andy Moreman to be our next Chief Executive.  Andy began his career in 1998 as a Project Co-ordinator with Romsey Mill Community Centre and has since progressed through roles in schools, local authorities, the charity sector and social enterprise. Throughout this time, Andy has focused his energies on improving services and outcomes for young people. His appointment has come after our 5 month national search which reviewed some…

Tips for Beating Exam Stress

Tips for Beating Exam Stress

It’s that time of year again. Early mornings, late nights, books, revision cards, more books and lots of stress. But don’t worry, exam stress is totally normal. Exams are intense and we place a lot of pressure on ourselves to do well. However, everyone is going through the same thing and it’s important to remember it will pass eventually, and soon it will be time to enjoy your lovely long summer. Just make sure you give yourself time to chill and look after yourself through exams so you can perform your best when it comes to crunch time. We've all been in there, it's 11 o'clock at night,…

Carers Week - Building Better Communities for Carers

Carers Week - Building Better Communities for Carers

This week is Carers Week – a time to celebrate carers, their strength and courage.  At Young Devon, we support over 470 young carers to manage their caring responsibilities and take breaks to relax, have fun and do things other young people get to do every day. A definition for a Young Carer is, ‘children under 18 regularly caring for a family member who is mentally or physically ill, has a disability, or drug or alcohol problem’ Caring can be a great responsibility, particularly for young people who often take on practical or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected…

Cinema Meal Deal at Market Street

Cinema Meal Deal at Market Street

Market Street has entered into an exciting relationship with Scotts Cinema in Newton Abbot. Every Friday, customers are offered a Cinema Ticket, and 2 courses and a side dish for just £15. Yes, you read right, just £15 for all that. Don't miss out on this amazing offer and kick start the weekend right with us here in Newton Abbot. Follow Market Street on social media to see what we have been up to: https://www.facebook.com/marketstreetyd/ @MarketStreetYD Instagram: /marketstreetyd

Volunteer Week Profile - Sarah Proctor, EH4MH Mentor

Volunteer Week Profile - Sarah Proctor, EH4MH Mentor

Sarah Proctor is a volunteer mentor for Early Help for Mental Health.  After Young Devon supported Sarah a few years ago, she decided it was time to give back and help young people in a similar way. Find out what she gets up to and what she enjoys about volunteering with us… My role is to support young people to do the things they enjoy most/providing relief from some of the pressures they face. I take them on fun outings and provide an advice and listening ear. I help to provide a safe space for young people to work through personal goals and aspirations.  It took a while to get the ball…

Volunteer Week Profile - Jodie Wood, Homeless Prevention Team

Volunteer Week Profile - Jodie Wood, Homeless Prevention Team

This Volunteer Week we want to celebrate the amazing work of our volunteers. Volunteers make a huge impact across our organisation and help us to change the lives of young people.  Jodie Wood volunteers with our Homelessness Prevention team in Exeter to support young people who are at risk of becoming homeless. She has quickly become a valued member of the team. Jodie told us more about what she does, here is what she had to say… What brought you to volunteer for Young Devon? I have a family with 3 boys who are now all at school and so have found myself wanting to give some time for a…

Don't miss your chance to vote

Don't miss your chance to vote

On June 8th the UK goes to the polls to pick its new government.  At no point have young people been so detatched from the process.  Fewer young people than ever voted at the last election in 2015.   What that means for young people is that every political party will only care about those groups in society that will make a difference to their chances of electoral success. So none of the issues that affect young people will be top of their list because as a group they're simply not seen to make a difference.  You can only change that by encouraging young people to vote so politicians finally…

Stress Awareness Workshops in Schools...

Stress Awareness Workshops in Schools...

For Mental Health Awareness Week we interviewed Catherine Sweet, our Counselling Coordinator in the Plymouth School's Project to find out about the psycheducational workshops the team have been delivering to young people in schools.  Can you tell us what you have been up to recently in Plymouth schools? We are going into secondary schools delivering engaging and practical workshops to small groups of 8 about stress and building resilience.  Resilience has been commonly defined by the young people in the workshops as ‘The ability to keep going’.  We help young people to understand what stress…

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