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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…

Princes Trust are recruiting young people for September

Princes Trust are recruiting young people for September

Prince’s Trust are now recruiting for their next Team Program Starting 25th September, aimed at 16-25 year old young people who are NOT in Employment, Education or Training.  The course is the perfect opportunity to learn new skills, work on a community project, find and complete work experience, and gain a qualification!  The course will run from 27th September, Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm for 12 weeks. We will refund your travel so you can get to us and once you have completed the course you can choose between a £50 voucher, provisional drivers license, or Acer Tablet.  In the past our…

Truth Project: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Truth Project: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is the largest public enquiry ever to be established in the UK.  7% of adults aged 16 - 59 reported being a victim of child sexual abuse. The inquiry wants to consider the exents to which state and non-state institutions have failed in their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and child exploitation. They want to consider the necessary steps to take in order to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.  The Truth Project aims to collect as many stories as possible to understand how and why children were failed and find…

Help to shape the new wellbeing service for Devon

Help to shape the new wellbeing service for Devon

NHS Children and Young People's Services are looking for your views and opinions to help shape future Community Health and Wellbeing services for children and young people.  The contracts to provide services for children and young people in Devon are due to be renewed from 1 April 2019.  This provides an opportunity over the coming months to review and improve the system of care and support available to children and young people across Devon.    Services range from those that all children and young people come into contact with at some point including health visiting and school nursing,…

Dianne Conduit: Young Devon's New Chair of Trustees

Dianne Conduit: Young Devon's New Chair of Trustees

Hello everyone, I am very pleased to be taking over from Richard (Stevens) as the new Chair of Trustees for Young Devon.  The whole Board was surprised to learn of Richard’s decision to step down but fully understood the reasons behind his decision.  Under Richard’s leadership the governance of Young Devon has undergone a quiet evolution which sees the charity better placed than it has been for many years to flourish.  So I must thank Richard for all that he has done over the last four years. I have been a member of the Board of Young Devon since the autumn of 2012.  Over that time I have seen…

Summer Fun and Ideas!

Summer Fun and Ideas!

Summer is finally here! Exams are finished and many of you will never have to set a foot back in school again (let’s not think about results day just yet!). It is time to sit back, relax and enjoy some well-deserved rest! If you are stuck for things to do with your MASSES of time off, then we’ve come up with some ideas to help you push through the boredom.  Getting out can be difficult and expensive in Devon but we’ve got plenty of cheap or even FREE ideas for having fun, especially if you have to spend lots of time at home. Teach yourself something new! Surprise yourself and do something…

Taking pride in changing attitudes

Taking pride in changing attitudes

Slowly but surely the sigmas around being LGBTQ and around Mental Health are beginning to break down.  Time to Change got in touch with us to spread this message further. Read their message below... “I’d say there’s some similarities between opening-up about being gay and opening-up about having a mental health issue, particularly with regards to acceptance. I was terrified with what my friends and family would say... I guess, with both though, it just takes time and the willingness to understand.” - Lauren No one should be judged for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or for having a…

Oh those Summer Nights!

Oh those Summer Nights!

Good food, Devon-style hit the streets of Newton Abbot last Staurday as Market Street set up shop at Newtons Abbot's first Summer Nights Street Food Market. Market Street brought the best tacos that a fiver can buy and then threw in a free Frobishers and bag of popcorn.  The best deal in town even if we do say so ourselves.   We'll be bringing our great food that supports our great cause out on the road at the next Summer Nights in August and September.  This will be your chance to support very best local Devon produce, cooked by our aspiring young Devon chefs and supporting Young Devon's work…

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