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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…

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…

What a weekend: Young Carers Festival!

What a weekend: Young Carers Festival!

What a weekend! Last Friday, 12 excited young people stepped into our mini-bus and set off on their adventure to The Young Carers Festival. No one had been before, no one knew what to expect and for many, it was their first time away from home and from parents. Our journey started with a lengthy bus ride to Southampton. How many times can ‘are we there yet?’ be said on a bus journey?! Turns out, endless!  But with dinner in sight and plenty of grumbly tummies we pushed on to our destination at high speed (or a slow and steady 60, in Mini-bus style!). The weekend was a blur of excitement, fun…

Dan Morgan: My time as an Apprentice

Dan Morgan: My time as an Apprentice

Dan Morgan tells us about his time with us as a Business Administrator Apprentice in The Change Academy. Read his story below... Before  I started my 1 year apprenticeship with Young Devon as a Business Administrator, I was quite lost on what path to take next, I had just finished my second year of college and wasn’t at all motivated on going back, as there was not anything that majorly interested me to do. For a while I was not doing anything and that was when I was connected with a member of the Young Devon staff to do a Work Based Learning course, this course was to help me find a job, make…

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... More►

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…

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…

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…

Apps to help your mental health...

Apps to help your mental health...

We all have mental health. Just like physical health, there can be times when things feel good, and times when things feel difficult.  Part of our work is helping you to know how to help and support yourself through the hard times. There are many ways you can take control of your mental wellbeing but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start.  For Mental Health Awareness week we have put together a list of helpful apps and websites to help you understand your feelings, look after your mental health and get back to being you! You can access all of these self-help apps easily from the…

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…

Young Devon News

  • National Work Life Week

    Sarah Johnson 03 October 2017
    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...
  • Why work for Young Devon?

    Sarah Johnson 20 September 2017
    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...
  • Getting back into work

    Dan Coxon 04 September 2017
    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 ag...

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