This year to bring awareness to the White Ribbon Campaign, we spent the week making posters in all of the youth sessions to decorate the youth room in order to encourage people to ask about the campaign and to provide information and facts on the posters.
The young people also made white ribbon shortbread that were then sold in a bake sale that week in our coffee morning - all donations went to Doorstep for the work they do with homeless women and families.
The older boys and girls went around the building to find statistics based questions about domestic abuse and White Ribbon, and discussed the answers as teams. They also spoke about what the difference between unwanted touching, unwanted sexual advances and threatening/aggressive behaviour was and why the statistics would be different for each.
The community also got involved and decorated plain white ribbons with positive phrases and messages. These then got laminated so they could be hung on our tree outside for all to see and read.
We're happy we were able to go back to Venn Academy & HYA and deliver our Healthy Relationships & DA Awareness & LGBTQ+ Awareness sessions over a seven session period. The interaction and feedback from the young people has been great! We've been able to tailor the sessions towards what we thought would benefit the young people in regards to how they might best take in the information we were talking about; whether that was through watching videos, matching up cards, or having them speak within groups and then to us.
The young people engaged really well and seemed to benefit from the sessions having learnt more about healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Emma Hardy visited one of our older sessions with the young people during Youthwork Week. During her visit she played pool and some chess with all of the young people and was thrilled to sit and learn what they young people knew about chess. In turn, she taught them a few pool tricks.
The young people were slightly apprehensive when they first met Emma Hardy, but the conversations soon began to flow with laughs and cheers filling the room as she took part in a
fun game of pool and was an inquisitive spectator in a brilliant chess match between one of our fantastic workers and young people.
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