Category: Resources

Teen Mental Health – A Guide for Parents

Posted on 17/05/2022 in Resources , COVID - 19 Information , Help for Young people and Parents , Mental Health

This guide for Parents on MyTutor about teen mental health, has useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure, and cyberbullying, and links to other important mental health resources.

Your child’s teenage years are an exciting time, but they can be tricky too. With hormones going wild and bigger pressures at school, challenging mood swings are par for the course. With mental ill-health on the rise though, you’ll want to keep watch on whether their moods are normal, or if they need a bit of help.

Today one in five teens has a diagnosable mental health condition. And on average, people wait 8-10 years after first experiencing mental health problems before seeking help. Of course, if problems are noticed and tackled when they first come up, you can help your child with the tools they need to be happy sooner rather than later. If you think that your teen needs some professional help, find out if they can see a school counsellor, or if it’s more serious, their GP can help you work out a plan of action together.

There are lots of common issues that you can help your teen with if you have the right tips.

Click the button below for a break-down of some key pain-points, and what you can to do help as a parent.

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Posted on 16/02/2022 in Resources

The value of supporter research and insight has never been plainer than during the current global health crisis. Keeping supporters close, charities increased the emphasis on communication and relationship building. Mutual understanding has grown, and relationships strengthened as charities have strived to meet supporters’ needs and ignite their passion for the cause. But none of this would have been possible without research and insight.

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Unapologetically Me –‘Transcending Resilience’

Posted on 15/02/2022 in Youth Sector News , Resources

A report exploring the role of resilience in supporting the well-being of young people with racialised identities, from minoritized communities. The findings highlight the physical, emotional, and spiritual resources that young people from the most marginalised communities cultivate to navigate systemic inequalities and how they learn to rise again.

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Digital donations rise in 2021 as regular giving plateaus

Posted on 15/02/2022 in Resources , Funding

Charity Digital explores the trends that charities can judge their success by in 2022, with insight from the State of the Sector report by Wood for Trees. After a period of dramatic change, the last year finally brought some good news for charities. According to a new report by data and insight company Wood for Trees, overall income in 2021 was 9% higher than in 2020, rising above the levels of the previous three years.

The report, which brings together raw CRM data from a range of charities across the sector, also found there was an increase of 24% in the number of donors actively giving, a rise driven primarily through one-off donations and Community Fundraising. Though one-off donations in 2021 themselves fell slightly below the levels seen in 2020, they remained almost 50% higher than the previous three years. Community Fundraising, on the other hand, improved on 2020 but remained below pre-pandemic levels.

Though regular giving was stable (and down on previous years), the dependency on repeated donations was deemed to have fallen anyway. While these regular donations once represented nearly two thirds of a charities income (64%), Wood for Trees found that it accounted for 54% in 2021. Still enough to give charities pause, but still, there is hope in other revenue streams. Digital donations have continued to rise in 2021, its income now two-thirds higher than in 2017, but more surprising, perhaps, is the re-emergence of Direct Mail as a donation channel.

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Effective Fundraising

Posted on 12/01/2022 in Resources , Funding

Optimise your fundraising potential. Fundraising effectively has become a heightened issue over the pandemic, with many charities seeing reduced donations, a rise in costs and an increase in demand for services.

Some societal shifts we’ve experienced over the past year and a half could potentially become permanent and, indeed, 48% of charities we surveyed in August 2021 said they believed the pandemic has changed fundraising forever. So how can we adapt our practices to maintain a steady flow of donations?

With over half of charities (55%) acknowledging that one of the main challenges in the year ahead will be adapting to new ways of fundraising, our in-house experts share their recommendations for maximising your charity’s fundraising potential.

Whether that be by optimising your digital fundraising, ensuring you land a charity grant, or improving your relationships with your donors, our resources aim to help you adapt to the new fundraising landscape and ensure those much-needed funds reach our communities.

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A guide to writing a great grant application

Posted on 11/01/2022 in Resources

With the pressures of funding, combined with increased demand on services due to the repercussions of the pandemic, writing winning grant or funding applications has never been more important.

Increased demand for funding has left funders inundated with applications and competition is rife. Understanding how to put together a great application will increase your chances of gaining the funding you need for critical projects, however large or focused they are. Making sure that you are able to clearly define your organisation’s need for funding and how it will benefit the beneficiaries and communities you serve is vital.

Monica Brown, Head of Advisory and Programmes at CAF, outlines some key aspects to help you make the most of your grant applications.

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Young People’s Mental Health Priorities During and Beyond COVID-19

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Mental Health , YPF Webinars- Mental Health , Youth Sector News , Resources

In this webinar the CoRAY team share an up-to-date summary of the evidence base on how young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been affected by the pandemic.

Join the CoRAY team to hear what the latest research says about how the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 11 – 16 years has been affected by the pandemic and what young people themselves are concerned about this summer.

In this webinar we share an up-to-date summary of the evidence base on how young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been affected by the pandemic.

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Five ways to make measurement of youth provision more meaningful

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Resources

The Centre for Youth Impact talks about how youth provision measurement can become a meaningful part of working with young people and what are the five ways to make it possible.

For many, matters of measurement in youth provision are a deeply contentious issue. However, I’d argue that, when done well, and in the right circumstances, measurement can become a meaningful part of working with young people that ‘goes with the grain’ of practice.

Over the past few years I’ve worked on two projects that are ambitious in the way they try to tackle the known issues in evaluating youth provision.

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Building a Better Grants Strategy Post-COVID

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Fundraising , Resources

In this video Rachel Werner will go through what you need to know to become more grant ready, whether you are new to grants, and/or re-evaluating how your organization seeks out grant funding,

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Girls' Attitudes Survey

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Community , Resources

Girlguiding asked over 2,000 girls aged 7 to 21 across the UK for their views on a range of areas across their lives. The results this year show girls’ and young women’s happiness has been in decline for over a decade, but the last three years have seen an acceleration in this trend.

This snapshot of the Girls' Attitudes Survey explores what girls have told us. And how you can use the Girlguiding programme and resources to build their confidence, develop new skills and improve their wellbeing.

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expert advice on hiring top talent, faster

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Resources , Opportunities

Watch this webinar with expert advice on hiring top talent, faster. The webinar includes best practices for hiring in an extremely competitive talent market.

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Khulisa - Impact Report

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Resources

Khulisa ensures young people affected by trauma or adversity have the social skills and emotional support they need to thrive. This year's Impact Report, marked by a global pandemic, it recognises that all young people have experienced trauma of some kind.

Khulisa ensures young people affected by trauma or adversity have the social skills and emotional support they need to thrive. This year, marked by a global pandemic, we recognised that all young people have experienced trauma of some kind.

From bereavement and anxiety to having to isolate in unstable home environments, we knew they would need our support more than ever. Normal delivery of our intensive, therapeutic group programmes for young people in schools and prisons was affected by multiple lockdowns and uncertainty over how we could continue delivery safely.

In response we;

• Pivoted quickly to providing support online through a suite of webinars, toolkits and digital content to meet the increased demand for our services.

• Provided universal support to all students, regardless of their background, through a blended social and emotional learning programme delivered as part of the school curriculum.

• Consolidated, and reduced expenditure and launched an emergency fundraising campaign to ensure we could maintain critical support for vulnerable young people.

• Returned to in-person delivery as soon as schools re-opened to support the most at risk young people through our Face It Programme for 11–18 year olds.

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The online harms research

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Youth Sector News , Resources

Delivered by Catch22 and Redthread, The Social Switch Project is switching the narrative on how social media’s relationship to youth violence is understood, tackled and solved.

New research into the impact of COVID-19 on online harms revealed that more than two thirds of young people interviewed had seen content online that was either violent or explicit during lockdown. In light of the increased amount of time young people spent online during the pandemic to learn, socialise and for entertainment, London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) commissioned an in-depth exploration of online harms, ‘acceptable’ use and regulation, that included the voices and experiences of young people, whose voices were missing from the body of existing research.

The Social Switch Project, a collaboration between charities Catch22 and Redthread, carried out interviews with vulnerable children and young people that use its services, frontline youth workers, police and tech platforms.

Research showed that 97 per cent of Catch22’s child sexual exploitation referrals have an online or social media element – with substantial increases related to online grooming and abuse. Consultation with young people also showed that more than 70 per cent of young people had seen content during lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 that was either violent or explicit, which included videos of suicide, nudity and extreme violence. They also described social media as ‘toxic’ and found it led to a negative impact on a young person’s mental health and wellbeing.

Young people cited unwanted contact online from adults, companies and bots, while there were also complaints of cyberbullying, threats and sharing of explicit content.

There were also examples cited of young people receiving responses a long time after a complaint, which caused them to relive the event or incident.

The data provides much-needed context on the wide-reaching implications of the pandemic and the need for services and training for professionals, parents and guardians during this time.

Further findings include:

  • Young people want to see better training for professionals and guardians in relation to online behaviour
  • Young people felt responsible to report content, but also felt the ‘damage’ had already been done
  • Children and young people want to see improved monitoring, swift action and accountability from tech organisations, rather than the responsibility being placed on the user
  • Police are ‘one step behind’ developments in technology and so need to develop stronger relationships with tech companies
  • As well as harms, young people highlighted significant benefits to their online world – in their education, their social lives and in their identity

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Creative Teaching – Opportunity for Supplementary Schools in Camden.

Posted on 23/06/2021 in Training , Resources , Opportunities , Training

Creative Teaching – Opportunity for Supplementary Schools in Camden.

Teachers will learn how to use Drama in Learning an inspire young people aged 7-11 to have fun whilst learning. Two spaces per setting, funded by John Lyons Charity but small fee applies.

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Finding Your Superpower: Summer Programme

Posted on 17/06/2021 in Community , Resources , Opportunities , Help for Young people and Parents

This Summer Inner wings are running a confidence building programme aimed at 7-12 year old's at the Calthorpe Community Gardens. Join them for 5 fun filled sessions and begin the journey of discovering your superpower!

This Summer, Inner Wings are running a confidence building programme aimed at 7-12 year old's at the Calthorpe Community Gardens. Join them for 5 fun-filled sessions and begin the journey of discovering your superpower!

Finding Your Superpower is a Confidence Building programme that will help children take the fear out of failure and realise their unique and unlimited potential.

Over 5 engaging sessions, children will build their confidence and begin the exciting journey of discovering their superpower!

Each session of Finding Your Superpower was designed using the insight of experts in education to ensure that key skills are targeted effectively. Every session in the programme begins with a warm-up game, concludes with 5 minutes of mindfulness practice and has frequent opportunities for children to reflect on their learning.

Inner Wings use fun and engaging activities, such as improvisation and storytelling to build an environment in which children can take risks and build their self efficacy. With multiple opportunities for collaborative working and reflection, children will learn the value of their contribution and begin to develop a growth mindset.

Free for 7-12 year olds, there are 20 places and if you would like to take part you must commit to all 5 sessions that take place from August 9th-13th.

Keep an eye out to book your place shortly!

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Skills Exchange Project

Posted on 09/06/2021 in Youth Sector News , Community , Resources , Opportunities , Training , Employment

Skills Exchange Project are a non profit organisation who seek to guide and mentor at risk youngsters, by using the skills they already have. They aim to channel these young people into progressive and law abiding ventures and guide them into fulfilling areas in business, that they may not have known existed or had access to. Their services also include mentorship, personal finance and life skills.

Skills Exchange Project (S.E.P.) have experienced facilitators in Post 16 education with CELTA, PGCE and AET qualifications. They also have vast experience in FE colleges and Adult centre’s in and around London.

They have an ex city worker with an IAG certificate and ACSI accreditations from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments to guide our beneficiaries through the much demanded Introduction to Trading.

These workshops will be held several times a week. If demand increases then we will increase the frequency of the workshops.

The Skills Exchange Project are committed to giving mentorship and direction, providing workshops and surgeries to young offenders, at risk youth and young people from both the BAME and wider community.

To find out more and learn about their services click the button below.

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