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A night out with Eddie Jones

A night out with Eddie Jones

A big thank you to our friends at Tucker's Hall who made Young Devon one of their beneficiaries of this year's fundraising dinner. The dinner, which was held at Exeter Chief's Sandy Park ground, saw England Rugby Coach Eddie Jones give a fantastic after-dinner speach which helped raise even more money for the charity partners.   Tuckers Hall has been home to The Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers & Shearmen, the historic guild of Exeter's ancient cloth trade, since 1471.  Young Devon is delighted to have developed a strong relationship with Tuckers Hall through our shared committment to…

Stress Awareness Month: Staff Top Tips!!

Stress Awareness Month: Staff Top Tips!!

Young Devon staff have been sharing their top tips for combatting stress for Stress Awareness Month. Some things might work well for you whilst others might not, but it’s always good to try new things and get out of your normal routine to try and combat stress and look after your wellbeing. But hopefully something will suit and you can try it out the next time you feel stressed, maybe when exam time comes around...  Our Counselling Coordinator Karen suggests: Find your 'off-button'. Find something engrossing that is enjoyable, that you can really get stuck into, potentially a game or…

Stress Awareness Month: Laura's advice on how to combat stress!

Stress Awareness Month: Laura's advice on how to combat stress!

This month is Stress Awareness Month! We will be releasing top tips from our staff for how to combat stress throughout April. So let's start with Laura Lee. Laura is Plan B Manager over in our Exeter YES centre and has released amazing advice on how to deal with the stresses of work and everyday life...   Laura's Top 10 for managing stress:   Having a book next to my bed to write down thoughts, lists, ideas generally clear my head before bed to get a good night sleep. I have a happy playlist, a motivation play list, an I'm going to show the world I can do this play list, music is a real part…

What North Devon Hub Group wants for YP Mental Health in Schools...

What North Devon Hub Group wants for YP Mental Health in Schools...

Young Devon Hub Groups are made up of young people aged 11 - 19 who want to have their say about mental health within their communities. The Hub groups meet once a month and are an opportunity for young people to give their opinions on how mental health is viewed in schools by students and teachers, creating ways to help other young people and making improvements to mental health services.  The North Devon Hub Group is made up of 8 young people in years 8, 9 and 10 from different schools across North Devon. They were recently asked: If you could improve 4 things in schools to help young people…

Chief Executive Officer Vacancy with Young Devon

Chief Executive Officer Vacancy with Young Devon

Young Devon is looking for an inspirational and influential leader who will be able to build upon progress and direction in recent years, and continue to build Young Devon’s reputation, young-person centred approach, and high-quality services. Location: DevonSalary: £60,000 - £65,000 Young Devon is a charity that operates to make Devon a better place for all young people by reducing disadvantage, improving opportunities and to change the odds in favour of young people Young Devon has been tackling disadvantage and improving opportunities for young people across Devon since 1949. Over the past…

Young Devon are Disability Confident

Young Devon are Disability Confident

We are pleased to announce that Young Devon have just successfully completed the review for our Disability Confident status.  This confirms that we are taking all of the core actions to be a Disability Confident employer. We are committed to our status as a Disability Confident employer and in continuing our Disability Confident journey, aim to ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. If anyone has any experiences they would like to share in regard to the above, please contact the HR…

Careers advice and resources for young people!

Careers advice and resources for young people!

Thinking about a job and a career can be a scary prospect! We know it can be extremely daunting thinking about what is next, what should you do after school? What kind of job should you look for? Simple things like where to look for and find jobs can be confusing and difficult. Our team in Social Action, Skills and Qualifications are always here to make things easier for you. We wanted to give you some helpful resources and websites to look at to help ease your journey to finding a job: https://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/#root - This website will help you to find Apprenticeship…

Making healthy choices about FOOD is important for our mental health!!

Making healthy choices about FOOD is important for our mental health!!

Some food for thought...  Food really can improve our mood! It is important to remember that what we put in our body not only affects our physical health but also affects our mental health!  Mind have released an important video to help us make healthy choices about the food we eat for the benefit of our mental health!! Mind says that 'If your blood sugar drops you might feel tired, irritable and depressed' This doesn't mean we should be eating sugary foods all the time to help boost our sugar levels! But actually, we should be eating healthy, nutritious food that releases energy slowly. The…

Young Minds - Understanding Self Harm Free online course (Parents)

Young Minds - Understanding Self Harm Free online course (Parents)

Young Minds have developed a free online counselling course designed to help parents talk about the issues of self harm with their children.  The Course  This online course, ‘Talking to your children about emotional resilience and self-harm’, has been designed to provide you with a basic awareness of the subject to help you approach your children with confidence about the issue.  The course will help you to:  Know what self-harm is and why young people may do it Know what makes young people vulnerable to self-harming behaviour Understand in what ways you can support a young person is who…

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Plan B Success!!

Plan B Success!!

Plan B have recieved excellent results after a recent Survey sent out to Young People and hosts!  Young People and Hosts gave both extremely positive and valuable feedback that will help to inform our next steps and improvements to the service in the future! We were delighted to discover that young people felt that they were well supported by Young Devon staff and that they were able to move forward with their goals and make changes to their life as a result of Plan B.  'Support Staff helped motivate me and have supported me to make my relationships with family much better' We are pleased to…

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