young man on a tablet looking up further resources on mental health

24 June 2020

Hello again everyone. This week’s blog post will be another short one providing all you amazing youth workers with further resources that will aid you all in giving your young people great sessions and even greater support.

I have focused on the following three areas this time: gender, relationships and mental and physical health.

Hopefully these will be benefit both you and the young people you work with during lockdown and beyond!

Resources for working with Young People

Online Resources:

#Gender

This is an educational pack created by Amnesty International for the purpose of being used with young people. It focuses on gender rights and violence against women.

This activity divulges into looking at gender stereotypes around behaviour and communication.

# Relationships

Relationships are always a hot topic with young people, so looking into what makes relationships healthy and positive is very essential. Below are some amazing resources that relate to all forms of relationships, including crushes, friends, family and everything in between. These resources in some way promote self-respect to young people and help support them in making the right choices.

This a booklet from Bish UK designed for the reading of young people from the age of 14 up. The topics within this booklet includes just about everything from contraception, to healthy relationships to pornography.

This particular activity motivates young people to spend some time thinking about what they would want from a partner and at the same time look into what makes a health and positive relationship.

#MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

This is a training pack which gives you access to very detailed lessons plans for both youth workers in training and even youth workers who have been in the field for a while, specifically those who work with young people on mental health issues. If additional materials are needed, there is an email address on page 5 that you can request these from.

That’s Mental is toolkit that has been designed by young people for young people throughout the UK and also includes activity and session plans.

I hope that this has been useful and if you would like some more resources for sessions and planning, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.

Monique Westcarr
Youth Project Officer at YMCA St Paul’s Group, based at YMCA Walthamstow
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24 June 2020