A few thoughts from a new youth worker about the recent announcement from the government on young people’s mental health by Korina Tsioni
The Prime Minister’s landmark speech on mental health, pledging to tackle both poor provision and the stigma surrounding it, is a watershed moment for an issue which is as destructive as it is overlooked.
NYA has been involved in financial capability programmes for over a decade now. We believe these programmes can make a real difference to young people’s lives but we need to be realistic about what they can achieve.
‘At the moment, opportunity is too often the preserve of the wealthy or a quirk of circumstance… Those with the right connections and contacts can get on, while those who have none simply cannot.’ Teresa May’s speech on social mobility Sept 2016
It’s time to celebrate Anyone who has the opportunity to see youth work in action knows the vital and vibrant service it provides young people, local communities and our society as whole.
This is my story; I grew up in Bristol during the 1980s, coming from what would now be described as a ‘white working class family’ with limited life chances that were compounded by attending a failing secondary school.
I’m lucky enough to lead O2’s programmes to support young people reach their potential. And as you can imagine from a company at the heart of the digital movement, tech plays an important role.
This year’s Youth Work Week is focused around social mobility and the role youth work can play in supporting it – Fair Chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures.
Nowadays you can’t walk down the street without your smartphone, smartwatch or tablet pinging; we use our smartphones for everything; from the food shop down to finding love.
Young people believe that climate change is the most serious issue facing their future. Ice caps are melting, habitats are being destroyed, animals are becoming extinct and humans are losing their homes from the effects of climate change. Millennials want to take action.