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Trust Games

trust can be built upon, this collection of exercises will help build trust.

Depression and young people

Depression is a very real issue for young people as well as adults and affects about 25% of the population and a about 1 in 10 young people age 10 - 16 have a diagnosable with a serious mental health condition
youngminds say nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression so its not just you and there is help available.

young minds have published a bunch of great resources to get you started, but one step however difficult is to tell someone about how you feel and what is going on for you. this link takes you to the Young people section of the site young minds help sheets on depression, there are other resources so if its not depression but another illness its OK there is help for you too.

its a game thing

youth workers need fallback to fill in when something doesn't work out maybe you expected a session to last longer, or someone didn't show or is running late. here are a few fillers that are great fun. always have a pack of Uno if i'm doing a trip or a session just in-case and its was always out at the open youth clubs.

What are your go to games? let us know in the comments below.
Who's in the Bag
Who's in the Bag is an incredibly popular game that test your skills at verbal charades. The object of the game is for each team, in turn to identify as many famous characters on the cards as possible in a race against the clock. Everything you need is in the bag including a timer and blanks to create your own special characters. If the team guess the identity of the character correctly they keep the card and draw another from the bag.

Photo Scavanger Hunts

I'm a big fan of Scavenger hunts so here is another, best played in the summer when you have a good amount of time
photo hunt
you will need teams (each team should have an adult)
A smart phone and a social sharing account like instagram
maybe a map with 4 zones each team must make a find in each zone
or you have to stick to your zone
send out the teams to snap pics of stuff!

Get the teams to upload each pic to the photo sharing site, tag it with team name and the designation (number, a-z colour etc)

teams with the most creative, or fastest, or furthest traveled, or your rule here. win.

Read this Book, share this book .

I recently discovered an author named Cory Doctorow hes a canadian living in the uk
i read several of his works, (not in the right order) but i wanted to share with you 2 youth centric books
Little Brother
The ultimate tale of teen rebellion – one seventeen-year-old against the surveillance state.
Big Brother is watching you. Who’s watching back?
Marcus is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works – and how to work the system. Smart, fast and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

Mental Health activist talks about depression

“If someone in your life suffers from depression, you need to watch this video. If you don't think anyone in your life suffers from depression, you need to watch this video -- because you may not realize it if they do.” — Huffington Post

As a youth worker and former housing worker i have come across so many people with depression some of whom didn't know they were, or at least didn't have a name for it. i came across this video and just needed to share it with everyone. i hope if you or someone you know see this and find something useful.

Kevin who did a tedx youth talk is a comedian and has a profile on the ted site here let me know below what you thought of the video and tell me about your own experience.

get involved with YWR

Youth Work Resources has always been about youth workers, we try hard to involve people and get them to contribute here is how

Guest Blog -Write a blog post: we are always looking for interesting articles on youth work related issues, it may be a top 10 list, or something about detached work. just write something and send it to us its easy.
Copy blogger, a regular blog on YWR freedom to write about whatever interests you in the world of youth work

Contributor: maybe you have written a couple of blog posts, or you just want to concentrate on a single issue. maybe setting up a project, or how best to use supervision, could be any topic but you want to write longer or more often about it.

Ted and Do inspired talks

I love TED its not a secret i've loved TED ever since i first discovered it it was love at first sight! you know what TED is yeah? no? boy do you have a treat in store for you. i'm guessing you don't know about DO Lectures either? i'm genuinely excited for you. right now i'm noshing on toast listening to a young lad called Logan LaPlante on ted and typing this, all with a huge Grin as i'm stoked to introduce some of you to the wonders of TED and DO.

fundraising issues

Fundraising for charities and clubs is a nightmare, we all know it and if you ever had a boss who insisted you fund raise your post you know how stressful it can be especially if you're not a trained fundraiser.

so what to do? there are a few things you can do locally i'm sure we all have lists of them i know i id only to get all of them poo-pooed by the boss.
there are a bunch of online fundraising platforms, the easiest is Paypal donate which you can use on Facebook , twitter and other platforms here is an article from the Guardian newspaper that may give you few tips.


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