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The following workshops are provided for young people aged 13 - 19 years, male or female who are at risk of, or affected by ANY form of abuse or who are vulnerable to any of the topics covered in the workshops.

WORKSHOP 1 - ‘TIME TO CHANGE’ – MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

We often talk about mental health and mental illness. But what do we mean by mental health, and what can you do to look after yours?

This workshop is designed for C&YP to learn about what mental health is and the various different disorders that may effect them, to learn about the stigma and discrimination associated with mental hCRUSHGirlealth, how to challenge this and where and how to seek help for mental health issues.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about the different types of mental health problems, as well as the facts, figures and statistics
  • Explore the impact of mental health on the lives of C&YP
  • Consider the impact of the stigma of mental health on C&YP and adults
  • Consider the actions we can take to challenge the discrimination and stigma associated with mental health

Everyone has mental health and this can be though of in terms of:

  • How we feel about ourselves and the people around us
  • Our ability to make and keep friends and relationships
  • Our ability to learn from others and to develop emotionally

Being mentally healthy is also about having the strength to overcome the difficulties and challenges we can face at times in our lives – to have the confidence and self esteem, to be able to take decisions and to believe in ourselves!

This workshop can accommodate up to 20 young people at any one time, and the session length is 2 hours. This workshop has been designed to address the specific issue, and is a one off, stand alone workshop which compliments our other workshops and programmes.

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WORKSHOP 2 - ‘RISQUEE’ – LOOKING AT RISKY BEHAVIOUR

A workshop on pornography, CRUSHMainsexual relationships, and elements of CSE & Grooming

Young people want the opportunity to discuss all aspects of their relationships and sex is a key one for teenagers. Some C&YP may have expressed concerns and by them attending this workshop, they will have an improved knowledge base of pornography, how pornography influences body image, safe and appropriate relationships, and how to avoid being sexually exploited.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Exploring acceptable and unacceptable behaviour
  • Reality of relationships and sex
  • Understanding issues around CONSENT
  • Challenging views on sexual relationships and pornography
  • The law and legal/illegal issues
  • Positive and negative impact on C&YP
  • What to do if things go wrong

Why we need to discuss this with C&YP:

  • 60% of teenagers said that pornography has an impact on their sex lives and affects their self-esteem and body image. (Fantasy v Reality, 2010)
  • You Gov survey found that two thirds of 13-17 year olds say they have viewed pornography, with more than 25% of boys viewing weekly, and 5% viewing daily
  • In 2007, mobile phones were the biggest distributor of pornography

Through improved knowledge and attitudes young people are more likely to be able to resist the messages of pornography, and any pressure to participate in sexual behaviours that they are not happy with or are considered risky. Some young people are getting inaccurate information about sexual behaviour from pornography which needs to be challenged.

This workshop can accommodate up to 20 young people at any one time, and the session will last for 2 hours. This workshop has been designed to address the specific issue, and is a one off, stand alone workshop which compliments our other workshops and programmes.

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WORKSHOP 3 - ‘WHO AM I?’ – SEXUALITY AWARENESS

Young people are at a unique developmental stage of their lives. At 13 they begin to form their TwoTeenagersideas on relationships and their belief systems start to crystallise. They start to define their individuality, their identity and their values. They begin to be exposed to an increasing amount of influence, including the beginning of their own relationships.

This workshop is designed for young people who do not understand themselves, and have difficulty in understanding who they are.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Raising awareness of sexuality
  • Understanding the differences between Sex, Gender and Sexuality
  • Understanding what can influence an individuals sexuality
  • Increase confidence and self esteem in understanding Who Am I?

Within the learning outcomes, we will also explore the following:

  • Raising awareness of the diversity of sexuality
  • Understanding the difference between using ‘sex’ and ‘sexuality’ as a synonymous as gender
  • Understand the importance of knowing who they are
  • Understand that they need to know where they are; and that, that can have an impact on who they are
  • Confidence in viewing themselves as individuals

With more than 87% of young people accessing the internet on a daily basis, it is imperative that they are given accurate information on what constitutes sexuality. Most young people believe sexuality to mean ‘sexual preference’ or ‘sexual orientation’ which is not the case. Our sexuality is what makes us individuals, and unique from others. By understanding this young people will gain confidence in themselves and have an increase in their self esteem.

This workshop can accommodate up to 20 young people at any one time, and the session will last for 2 hours. This workshop has been designed to address the specific issue, and is a one off, stand alone workshop which compliments our other workshops and programmes.

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WORKSHOP 4 - ‘IMAGE THERAPY’ – SELF ESTEEM & BODY IMAGETeenagers4

It is so important to feel comfortable within ourselves and our bodies, but this can be quite difficult as we just don’t look like the models and celebrities that surround us in the media everyday.

This workshop is designed to give C&YP knowledge and tools to educate and empower themselves on issues relating to body image, self esteem and associated subject matter, whilst emphasising the importance of self acceptance and respect for others.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding the choice of people used in marketing/advertising
  • Understand that some campaigns can promote positive self esteem (e.g. Dove beauty campaign)
  • Understand that images are altered
  • Understand the impact of these images on identity and self-esteem

C&YP will also be able to:

  • Understand what a healthy weight is and when weight can become an issue
  • Learn about cultural differences in attitudes towards food and body image
  • Be able to distinguish the health consequences of being under/over weight
  • Understand the link between peer pressure and abuse
  • Learn how to be considerate and respectful to others feelings and appearance

Body Image is what you believe and feel about your body and physical appearance. Body image is influenced by friends, family members, cultural standards and commercial advertising. Body image is independent of body size and shape. It is also independent of your actual physical appearance. Any person of any physical description can have either a positive or negative body image. Body image is often closely linked to self-esteem.

Self Esteem is how much you value and accept yourself, how worthwhile you feel and the extent to which you feel loved and accepted by others. Promoting positive body images in C&YP can improve their self esteem and overall happiness.

This workshop can accommodate up to 20 young people at any one time, and the session will last for 2 hours. This workshop has been designed to address the specific issue, and is a one off, stand alone workshop which compliments our other workshops and programmes.

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WORKSHOP 5 - ‘CYBER TALK’ – CYBER BULLYING & INTERNET SAFETY

90% of young people who use social media said that they have witnessed online cruelty AND they have ignored the behaviour and did not report it; 35% have done this frequently.dummy-image
Statistics from (PEW Internet Research Centre, FOSI, Cable in the Classroom, 2011)

66% of teens who have witnessed online cruelty have also witnessed others joining; 21% say they have also joined in the harassment. Statistics from (PEW Internet Research Centre, FOSI, Cable in the Classroom, 2011)

In 2013 alone, there were 12 reported cases of young people who had committed suicide due to cyber bullying. What is more shocking is the 48 cases that did not get reported in the media. This workshop is designed for C&YP to understand what cyber bullying is, the impact is can have on another person, the link between cyber bullying and the grooming process, and ways in which they can prevent themselves and others from experiencing this.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and recognise cyber bullying
  • To explore pressures and expectations of online interaction
  • Look at various technology – looking at the internet and mobile phones
  • Understand and recognise sexual exploitation and grooming
  • Support and advice services that are available, as well as how to stay safe online

Within the learning outcomes, we will also explore the following:

  • Identify who in  their lives are important and understand the different kinds of relationships they have
  • Understand how they make positive online choices
  • Looking at inappropriate websites and what impact that can have
  • Develop more confident strategies to deal with peer pressure
  • Awareness of risky situations
  • Importance of thinking ahead
  • Acknowledge that online behaviour can have significant offline consequences

This workshop can accommodate up to 20 young people at any one time, and the session will last for 2 hours. This workshop has been designed to address the specific issue, and is a one off, stand alone workshop which compliments our other workshops and programmes.

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WORKSHOP 6 - ‘FRIEND OR FOE’ – CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION & GROOMING

Sexual exploitation has been highlighted as a massive issue throughout the whole of the country. Not only does it deprive children of their childhood, but it can have a long term and detrimental effect on every aspect of their lives.

This workshop is designed for C&YP to understand what the issues of sexual exploitation, grooming and cyber bullying are, and ways in which they can prevent themselves and others from experiencing this.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between positive and negative relationships
  • To explore pressures and expectations within relationships
  • Look at various technology – looking at the internet and mobile phones
  • Recognise what grooming is
  • Understand and recognise sexual exploitation
  • Recognise cyber bullying
  • Support and advice services that are available

Within the learning outcomes, we will also explore the following:

  • Identify who in  their lives are important and understand the different kinds of relationships they have
  • Understand what makes a good relationship and how they make relationship choices
  • What constitutes a good and bad relationship
  • Consider their own relationships and the complexity that can occur
  • Develop more confident strategies to deal with peer pressure
  • Awareness of risky situations
  • Importance of thinking ahead
  • Acknowledge that online behaviour can have significant offline consequences

By helping young people understand the complexity of relationships, they can increase their awareness of damage caused by exploitative relationships, and protect themselves from experiencing this in the future.

This workshop can accommodate up to 20 young people at any one time, and the session will last for 2 hours. This workshop has been designed to address the specific issue, and is a one off, stand alone workshop which compliments our other workshops and programmes.

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HELPING HANDS

This workshop is provided for young children aged 7 - 12 years and is available to any child whose Mother is receiving support services from WMWA.

The primary purpose of Helping Hands is to increase children's understanding of feeling safe and to explore and promote behaviours which will contribute to a safe environment.

Helping Hands provides a preventative and early intervention strategy for all children who do not feel safe, specifically children that are affected by domestic abuse.

The programme relies on shared language and tools to enable the facilitator to discuss feelings and safety with the children.

Learning Outcomes:

  • We all have the right to feel safe all the time
  • There is nothing so awful (or to small) that we cannot talk about with someone
  • Others have the right to feel safe with us

This workshop can accommodate up to 8 children at any one time.