It's Youth Work Week! And we've been celebrating all week to this year's theme of Festival with mocktails, fruit kebabs, pizzas, tattoos, orbeez stressballs, shrinkies keychains, and most importantly - asking the young people for quotes about why youthwork and Network are important and what positive impact they have!
The young people have been working hard on their campaign connected to Climate Change; they've made posters, an information booklet, and have made & decorated their own puffins based on the local Puffin Trail around the city.
The young people were donated a family ticket to The Deep by KCOM and were able to walk along the Puffin Trail ending at The Deep and visit the aquarium. The young people deeply enjoyed the trip and were able to put what they had already learnt into context with the facts and displays that The Deep had about climate change and be able to expand and explain certain points to staff and other young people at the aquarium.
The young people are eager to continue their campaign work even after their trip and are looking forward to what else they can do to help inform their local community about the effect of climate change.
We had a cracking time this week in the Halloween youth parties! We had some spook-tacular food, great costumes, apple bobbing (please note how deep the boys dunked their heads ), and some other great games.
It was great having Emma Hardy MP come down to our coffee morning last Thursday where she got chance to speak to some of our service users while they played dominos and crafted! We appreciated the time taken to speak to them about issues that have been on their minds in a space they feel comfortable in.
We've had some super delicious meals cooked by our parents & toddlers' group over the last few weeks thanks to the funding and support from Two Ridings Community Foundation and Bettys and Taylors Family Fund! We've been able to supply the ingredients for them to cook a meal of their choice during the session for everyone to try as well as give every family a bag of the ingredients for them to try at home.
The young people have been looking forward to Youth Parliament and were eager to discuss poverty; it's effect on schools and young people; what are some solutions to the issues it causes; as well as talk to the other young people attending about bullying.
One of our young people also wrote a short essay on food poverty specifically off her own back at home and brought it in for youth workers to read and post on our social media.
We had a fab time at Tweendykes yesterday doing a few mindful, calming activities with two classes of young people. Salt jars, lavender bags, soaps, and stressballs were all an absolute hit! We can't wait to go again.
It was #Mentalhealthday on Monday, but we've been running it through the full week with the young people! We've been discussing what makes us happy, how we can help our friends and family when they might be feeling down, as well as what organisations are out there for young people if they feel they're struggling. The biggest thing we wanted the young people to take from this week was that talking about mental health openly is important and much healthier than trying to bottle it up. #HelloYellow
The young people spent months practicing and perfecting their performances, dedicating an hour and a half each week to encourage each other along the way. Some of the young people that were too shy to get involved on stage helped make the banner that was strung along behind the young people as they performed.
Performance night was an absolute blast and all of the young people were fantastic! From magic to dancing to singing, we'd had so much fun watching these young people develop their performances over the last few months, it was brilliant being able to see all their hard work come together on the night in front of such a large audience. Thank you to everyone who came to support them, to the St Andrews & the Docklands Ward Councilors for their generous donation of £100 towards the prizes, to our volunteers, and to our three judges Dave Hamilton Sharon Kendall and Elisha from Hull Truck Theatre! We can't wait for next year's Talent Show!
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