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Trust Games

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

Planning projects: tools Trello

i created this Video the day before the website went down and i lost all my content! so i'm just getting round to putting it up.

Its a planning video, how to use Trello.com as a planning tool, for sessions, trips, house party's, anything you are planning. also you can invite others to its a team planning tool too! get it here my referral link i get a free month of gold user!
trello is free, but upgrading gets you some other features.

Do Looks Matter?

This activity illustrates the point that people often react based on how they are treated by others. It makes participants aware that if they treat team members with respect that they may be more productive and cooperative.

Create groups of at least 12 people. Create a smaller deck of cards that contains an even amount of each suit so that all four suits will be evenly distributed.

Have each participant draw a card and immediately have the team-building organiser tape it to their backs before they see it.

Human Knot

Make a human knot to build leadership skills. Get everyone in the group together and have them put one hand out and grab someone else's hand. Then have everyone put their other hand out and grab someone else's hand. Their goal is to figure out how to untangle themselves so that they end up in a big circle, without releasing their grips. Leaders will arise when people take charge to help get everyone untangled.

Lost my password again!

Updated JUNE 2016 : I'm genuinely surrounded by people who can't remember passwords, they have so many and have been told by anyone with half a clue to make the password complicated. The trouble is that means they are hard to remember especially if you have 20 or 30 passwords. sounds a lot? well think about it, email, social media, file sharing, news reader, shopping sites, your probably at 2 by now aren't you? and that's without phone apps. My solution is LastPass its a browser plugin.

Health & Wellbeing

We have added a new section for youthworkers its our Health and wellbeing resources, We have been advacating on mental health for years now and wanted to provide some resources for youth workers on that and other healthy issues.

If you have something you feel would help youth workers around the globe and want to share it here please feel free to contact YWR via titter @youthworker facebook YouthWorkResources email ikhurst@gmail.com of contact form on the website

mental health and addiction

 

american addiction centers reached out to me with some resources arround mental health and addiction we have a number of links to mental health resources and thease links are here for educational perpouses so you cn get a better understanding of mental health. remember to always reach out to professionals when dealing with mental health and addiction. 

On Keeping Quiet and Feeling Alone: A personal story for Mental Health Awareness month of May

by Laura Coward

A few years ago I met with a new personal trainer at my gym. Without any races coming up, I was having trouble sticking to a workout schedule. At least, that’s what I told him. We spent the first 20 minutes of the meeting laughing about the worst workouts/exercises we’ve paid to do, and then we verbally went through my medical history.

“Any injuries?” No. “Heart disease?” No. “Diabetes?” No. “Depression?” Silence.

Downloads!

here you will find documents for you to use and adapt. I will add more as time goes on. If you  have something to add or a better version send it in and i will post it on the site.

Stress and Relaxation for youth workers

Part of our continuing series on mental health: Stress is a serious and debilitating condition that can affect anyone at any time in life. one of the most reported effects of stress is  inability to relax and often disturbed sleep. Youth Work can be a stressful profession and to help combat some of that stress I thought pointing you in the direction of some guided relaxation audio recording and some soothing music would help.

stress and relaxation

Self Image: Mask collage

Mask collage
developed by Ian and Michelle while working at YMCA WSM for sessions in a womens prison.
we were trying to explore the vast contrast between the young women we met and that which they portrayed to the guards and most other people. Like most people but probably more so when imprisoned people wear a mask and the young women we were working with, some of whom were on remand while others were serving time were no different.

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