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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…

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…

Young Devon News

  • BFI Film Academy in Plymouth

    Jessica 16 August 2017
    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 ...
  • NCS Minds Defined: A Young Person led mental health awareness day

    Jessica 16 August 2017
    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 rais...
  • Sketch Comedy Summer School

    Jessica 16 August 2017
    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 p...

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