Our Resources

A range of resources can be found across this website. We thought it would also be helpful to pull them together in one place. We really want to grow this part of the website, so if you have things you would like to add or would like to share your thoughts on the usefulness of the resources – in order to improve them – then please contact mail@youthfocusne.org.uk

Young Carers: exploring feelings of isolation & loneliness resource pack

This resource pack has been designed for those workers who either have little or no experience of working with young people that are experiencing feelings or loneliness or isolation, or those professionals who may be at the early states of working with young people on these kind of issues.

Funded by the Co-op Foundation, the resource pack has been developed in collaboration with Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource, an organisation which supports young carers and has experience of delivering projects specifically focused on tackling youth loneliness and isolation to give insight on how these feelings manifest, linked to their situations. 

Youth Homelessness: discussions about isolation and loneliness resource pack

Funded by the Co-operative Foundation, the resource pack has been developed by youth workers who have experience of delivering projects specifically focused on tackling youth loneliness and isolation and young people who have experienced homelessness to give insight on how these feelings manifest, linked to their situations.

Youth Homelessness: discussions about isolation and loneliness resource pack

Funded by the Co-op Foundation, the resource pack has been developed by youth workers who have experience of delivering projects specifically focused on tackling youth loneliness and isolation and young people who have experienced homelessness.

One-day Training Guide for Professionals

This one day training course has been designed to raise awareness and improve understanding about youth loneliness. The delivery of this training can be adapted depending on the level of knowledge participants have. 

Youth Loneliness and Isolation App 

This app is designed to support young LGBTQ young people who might be experiencing loneliness and/or isolation. It forms part of a wider toolkit of resources to support young people around loneliness and isolation developed through the National Youth Partnership’s ‘Tackling Youth Loneliness’ project, with funding from the Co-operative Foundation.

Government and the Co-op Foundation, through the Building Connections Fund, are supporting The National Youth Partnership to develop a range of resources to help workers and organisations support young people to tackle loneliness and isolation.

The National Youth Partnership consists of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable youth work practitioners and managers in the country. Each member of our Partnership has many years’ experience in providing training, professional development and strategic support to youth sector colleagues across the whole of the country.

The resources that have been developed are a starting point. We are keen that colleagues working with young people add their ideas, examples of projects, details of sessions, research and evaluation to help build a central repository of practice and information for the benefit of all.

The National Youth Partnership consists of the following organisations:

  • Youth Focus: North East
  • Youth Focus: North West
  • Yorkshire and Humber: Youth Work Unit
  • Partnership for Young London
  • National Youth Agency
  • Youth Focus: West Midlands
  • Youth Focus South West C.I.C

 

Youth Focus South West is delighted to have been asked to develop materials specifically aimed at the needs of young LGBTQ people. We have worked in partnership on the design and content with Igneous Interactive and members of LGBTQ youth groups in Plymouth and other areas, and have been incredibly impressed by the creativity and positive engagement of LGBTQ young people and adults in bringing the app into existence.

 

We think that the app will be helpful to individual LGBTQ young people, and will also be of use to those working with LGBTQ young people, either in separate youth groups or as part of wider youth work projects and programmes. We would really like to hear your feedback on it, to help us refine or add to it and keep it relevant to the needs of the young people it is aimed at.

If you would like to pass on any feedback about the app, then please contact us on youthfocussouthwest@gmail.com

 

Tackling Loneliness Resource Pack

Resources to help you learn about loneliness and tackle it.

Youth Loneliness Sense Check Tool 

We have developed a tool to help organisations and professionals to assess their current knowledge about youth loneliness and isolation, improve their understanding and to help develop their responses to this issue. 

The link to the tool can be found here.

 

Care Experience Young People Session Plan

This session was designed by Youth Focus NW who are a “strategic hub with youth work values at the heart of every piece of work. Across the North West of England and beyond our work is driven by a desire to improve the lives of young people. 

Rise Project – Loneliness, Isolation, Connection and Transition

Rise is a social action project, we use music to engage young people in exploring their ideas and experiences of loneliness,  isolation and moving to high school. We then challenge them to think how they can use these experiences to help others. Make Some Noise worked across several schools in the Stoke On Trent area both primary and secondary. In the primary schools we used the resources created in year one of the project in combination with facilitated music sessions to help participants explore their attitudes toward moving school, express their fears and hopes about this and explore the value of friendship and connection by writing a song as a class.

At St Peter’s academy we worked with a group of especially vulnerable students in the year 7 nature group and helped them develop new skills and explore their attitudes to friendship and connection. At the Coop Academy we worked with year 7 and year 10 groups and the coop young leaders to explore all of the above and to help design a set of resources that could be used with year 6 pupils to communicate ideas around the aims of the project and to encourage them to support each other and to seek support if they need it.

As One… Not Alone. Tackling youth loneliness through youth work and healthy relationships.

This project is the product of collaborative effort of young people in the UK Youth Movement, with the aim to produce an up-to-date and helpful guide for youth workers in order to identify and tackle youth loneliness in their communities.

We Are You

This ten minute film made by young people can be used to start conversations about loneliness and isolation. 

Let’s Talk Loneliness

UK Youth is supporting a network of organisations working across the United Kingdom to support young people to tackle loneliness and isolation. UK Youth who have produced a blog around this work called Let’s Talk Loneliness. 

Stand up to Youth Loneliness – Community First Yorkshire

Recent research conducted by The Co-op Foundation suggests that 76% of young people felt lonely at least occasionally during lockdown, compared to 59% before restrictions began.

Yet many young people experiencing loneliness struggle to ask for help, with only 36% feeling confident to talk about their feelings. While many do not know where to go for support, the large silence surrounding the topic suggests that tackling stigma is critical in supporting them to seek help.

Our youth loneliness campaign, Stand Up To Youth Loneliness, created in consultation with young people from across the county, seeks to highlight the issues surrounding the social isolation that affects young people and encourage conversations about loneliness, so that this stigma is reduced. It is aimed at young people aged 11 – 18. This campaign includes signposting to resources that can support young people.

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  1. Hi, the resource pack on care experienced young people session plan is supposed to have a link to a powerpoint presentation… it’s not there. Could you send it to me? We are planning on using the pack.

    Thanks!

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