Youth Works 2016 – A Conference Providing Toolkits for Effective Practice, took place on Saturday 12th November.
Over 100 people attended the event, with a mixture of youth workers, young people, teachers, volunteers, health professionals, Deputies and families all in attendance. The conference was opened with short talks from Jane St Pier (Youth Commission Chair), Deputy Gavin St Pier (States of Guernsey President) and Roddy Winser (Youth Commission CEO), staff and young people awards and then a series of workshops throughout the day. The event aimed to provide training to anyone, and any organisation working with young people. The Youth Commission wanted the workshops to provide toolkits that attendees could take away with them and put into practice, whether it be in a youth club, at home, in school etc.
All of the workshops on offer came under the Youth Commission curriculum, with this year’s focusses on mental health (led by YoungMinds), smoking (ASH Wales), environmental awareness (Street Style Surgery), discrimination (Kick It Out), youth voice ( Youth Forum with Darren Bird), independent living (Barclays LifeSkills) and creativity (Guernsey Arts Commission).
The Youth Commission was extremely pleased to have the UK’s leading mental health charity for young people, YoungMinds providing a workshop. This was highly popular with all attendees. The Channel Islands Cooperative Eco-Fund kindly supported the Street Style Surgery workshop, which taught people how to get creative with recycled materials. Kick It Out and ASH Wales were able to offer powerful presentations and activities which can be used in a youth setting as a means of tackling each topic. All of the workshops were of extremely high quality and the Youth Commission is very proud to have been able to offer this opportunity for the local community.
The day proved successful, with appreciation to those who came long in order to assist the development of young people. The Youth Commission and its youth worker look forward to putting the new skills into practice.
"The ASH Wales workshop was fantastic. At first, like many programmes available, we were unsure if the programme would be able to be used in school. The workshop provided us with numerous resources that are easy to deliver and leave the pupils with a ‘hard hitting’ message about the effects of smoking. Along with the resources and a carbon monoxide monitor (sourced following the workshop), I feel that we are in a stronger position to reduce smoking at our school since attending the workshop" - Teacher
This year's conference workshops were based around our four curriculum areas: