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My time as an apprentice Youth Support worker with Young Devon

My time as an apprentice Youth Support worker with Young Devon

I have gained lots of skills that a youth worker needs and I have been able to put these skills into practice in several different youth work settings; like Sidmouth youth centre and at Exeter YES Centre, supporting young people during the employability courses that Young Devon provide and in partnership with Weston College. I am pleased about completing my level 3 Diploma in youth work practice to help me to progress in my youth work career. During my apprenticeship, I was able to have the opportunity of being a team assistant of the NCS programme in the summer and autumn. I am looking at…

8 ways to look after your mental Health

8 ways to look after your mental Health

Mental health is something we all have and need to look after just as importantly as the rest of our self. Sometimes we can forget how important it is to take care of it. We've made a guide on ways to look after your mental health and how to help others look after theirs too. 1. Talk to others about how you feel and reach out when you need too to ask for help – often it can be difficult to let others know how we feel and that we are struggling, yet this could help us greatly. Past experiences or worries can stop us from talking. We might feel concerned about how people will react to us, or…

Getting to know Young Devon

Getting to know Young Devon

We were able to meet with our CEO Andy Moreman to have an in depth discussion regarding the business side of Young Devon as a whole. This enabled us to gain more knowledge of the organisation and the way that it is ran. This will help us to complete our NVQ qualification as it covered several of the units that we need to cover to complete this. We met with Andy on 22nd January where we held a question and answer based conversation where we discussed many aspects of our NVQ and how it can fit within Young Devon. Here are a few examples of the questions that we asked Andy as well as the answers…

Living on a cliff (Young Carer)

Living on a cliff  (Young Carer)

Mental health is like living with your worst enemy. I sometimes describe anxiety as living on a cliff. When it is stable you keep away from the edge but every so often something triggers it. This thing, no matter how small is just pushing you slightly closer to the edge. Over time these small things build up and suddenly you are on the edge, looking over. Then something else comes along and pushes you, but no matter how much you push it away, it usually catches up with you and pushes you over. You can't always stop this happening but it can help to tell someone. Mental health can happen to…

Defying Diabetes by Jamie Fernandes

Defying Diabetes by Jamie Fernandes

Dealing with diabetes is hard work, I should know. I wasn’t exactly born with diabetes. It surfaced when I hit puberty, about 10 years old; the bodily changes triggered it to come alive. To attempt to explain the strange feelings I experienced at the time is difficult. To live one lifestyle and then be forced to change it due to something out of my control was beyond challenging. We noticed there was something wrong when I began to drink ridiculous amounts of water. Initially my mum was thrilled until she realised this was just way too out of character (I hardly ever drank water before.) I…

We’re Going on a Youth Work Hunt by Chief Executive, Andy Moreman

We’re Going on a Youth Work Hunt by Chief Executive, Andy Moreman

Now I’ll be honest.  I may have misunderstood something a little, got the wrong end of the stick you could say. I had a particular view of Michael Rosen’s award winning book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.  You see I’d viewed the illustrations and had come to the assumption that it was the story of a father taking his family on a bear hunt. Now you’ll forgive me for being judgemental here but no, I thought, let’s not go on a bear hunt.  Without claiming to be anything like a skilled parent I was at least confident that I recognised bad choices when I saw them.  Let’s not take a family of small…

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…

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Young Devon News

  • Congratulations & Farewell to Apprentice Cassie Dicken

    Emma Butler 14 May 2018
    Congratulations to Cassie Dicken the Admin Apprentice from Newton Abbot YES who has secured a position as receptionist with Oasis Dental Care.  Cassie quickly became a valued member of the team during...
  • A fresh way to learn

    Jamie 09 May 2018
    Young Devon offer a range of employment training opportunities for 16-25 year olds at various locations across the county. Each course runs for 12 weeks and runs three times a year, but we take applic...
  • Wild Paths Traineeship

    Dan Coxon 27 April 2018
    Great news that our friends at South West Wildlife Trusts were successful in an application to the Heritage Lottery ‘Skills for the Future’ Fund for the Wild Paths training programme, and have 30 trai...

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