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Tips for Beating Exam Stress

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 don’t worry, exam stress is totally normal. Exams are intense and we place a lot of pressure on ourselves to do well. However, everyone is going through the same thing and it’s important to remember it will pass eventually, and soon it will be time to enjoy your lovely long summer. Just make sure you give yourself time to chill and look after yourself through exams so you can perform your best when it comes to crunch time. We've all been in there, it's 11 o'clock at night,…

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…

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.   

Young Devon News

  • Young Devon HR Workshops

    Katy Halgreen 21 June 2017
      We are pleased to announce the topics that will be covered in the four HR  workshops during 2017 4th April 2017    This workshop will focus on ‘Recruitment, induction and retention’ and will inc...
  • Tine and Ethan's 5K Fundraiser

    Jessica 16 June 2017
    Our Exeter YES centre administrator Tine Casbolt and her son Ethan are running a 5K Inflatable course in aid of Young Devon.  Ethan chose Young Devon because he wanted to give back to other young peo...
  • Steve's Fundraising Adventure for Young Devon

    Jessica 15 June 2017
    Steve Warren Brown is fundraising for Young Devon Trading to raise money for our new social enterprise restaurant Market Street. Read all about his adventure..  THE RUMOUR IS TRUE…I AM GETTING STRAPP...

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