Youth Blog

  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 13:41
    Chat n Chill

    The success of our weekly chat n chill sessions on a Thursday continues! The sessions were set up following Time to Talk day on the 4th February, and have been every Thursday 6-7pm since. They focus on well-being and mindfulness.

    A need was identified for young people to have a consistent safe space online, whilst at home, to chat amongst their peers with the support of two members of staff to guide the session. This past year has taught us all the importance of ‘checking in’ regularly on our family and friends, and young people can’t be overseen too. We often forget to look after ourselves in the midst of everything going on. We charge our phone everyday, so we need to charge ourselves everyday too! Just having an hour a week to chat and check in how we are feeling, has been beneficial for the young people in the group, and to know they are not alone.

    We have recently focused on creating a self-soothe box, mental decluttering, miracle morning approach, law of attraction and the relationship between colours and emotions. All of which, can be applied outside of the group. The young people have really enjoyed the creative aspect to the group, and as result, two young people have led an activity on origami and how to make a fortune teller out of paper. We always welcome creative abilities! The chat n chill group is via Zoom, for 11-19 year olds. If you don’t feel confident to speak or show your face on camera, it is fine to type in the chat! Please email for more information about the sessions, and for the zoom link if you think it’s something you are interested in.

  • Monday, June 14, 2021 - 12:11
    Two Ridings

    We are busy as ever on the east coast with a fantastic opportunity to engage young people in football, boxing and drama as funded by Two Ridings.

    At a time when youth work is hard to deliver, we are smashing it with engagement of 25 young people so far in these activities.

    These sessions are aimed at rebuilding confidence, physical and mental health and life-skills.

    For further information, contact

  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 11:40
    Independent Visitor Scheme First Referrals

    The Independent Visitor Scheme has received its first referrals, meaning that looked after young people in North Yorkshire are now starting to benefit from the support provided by the scheme. Independent Visitors are there to listen, offer one to one independent support and advice and go out and about to get involved with fun social and leisure activities.

    In spite of Covid restrictions, some of our Independent Visitors (IVs) have been able to start to develop positive relationships with the young people they have been linked with and while it is still early days, things are going well. Socially distanced walks and online communication have allowed Independent Visitors and the young people they are linked with to start to get to know one another and develop positive and supportive relationships for the long term.

    We have been able to make some good matches with young people by drawing on the particular skills and interests of different IVs. For the young people matched, it has been great to be able to introduce them to IVs with relevant interests including IT and gaming, nature and the outdoors and also teaching English as a Second Language. We have recruited a range of IVs from all walks of life right across the county and are in a good position to develop further good matches with looked after young people as more referrals start to come in.

    As Covid restrictions start to be eased, there will be more opportunities for IVs and young people to get involved with a wider variety of activities to enjoy their time together. We look forward to the continued development of the scheme and being able to support more looked after young people in this way.