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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…

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…

Time Talk Day Animation!

Time Talk Day Animation!

We are supporting Time To Talk Day on the 2nd February. Watch the animation below to find out how you can get involved and help to break down the stigma attached to mental health.   

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! It has been an amazing year for us here at Young Devon and we are proud of everything we have achieved. It has... More►

Well Done and Best wishes to hannah As you may be aware Hannah Matson will be finishing her apprenticeship with Young Devon today. For the ... More►

ME, MYSELF & NCS

ME, MYSELF & NCS

Honestly, the thought of two weeks of a residential with complete and utter strangers was terrifying. I lost sleep over it, lost my appetite and even considered cancelling my place on the course- to the point where I was dialing Young Devon to do so. My mum managed to convince me to not give up on it before I’d tried- I was only going to be about two hours away and if it came to it, she could come and get me and I could forget the whole thing was even meant to happen. With this in mind, I turned up at the pick up point and nervously waited in line to get into the coach. Fast forward four weeks…

" This is youth work” workshop "This is youth work”  workshop: Telling and Sharing Stories of Practice - University of St Mark &... More►

End of an era for volunteer

End of an era for volunteer

Shaun has been a Volunteer Counsellor with Young Devon for five years and is a much valued and respected member of the team.  Lara states “his dedication to the work and his love for the job is always very clear. His warmth and empathy help him to develop great relationships with young people".  The Barnstaple Team are all going to miss Shaun, his insightfulness, his natural approach and his sense of humour!

This works for me! Just gone onto the Young Devon webpage and it looks great. Going to get into the habit of turning it on each day, first thing... More►

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