w/c 13th Nov


Are you creative, young and living in the Torbay area?

The Prince’s Trust is launching Get Started with Photography in January 2018. Are you working with a young person who would be interested in taking part?.

Get Started with Photography

in partnership with Arts Council England

Torbay from Monday 22ndJanuary to Friday 26th January 2018. (there will also be a Reunion Day on Thursday 1st February 2018)

This is a FREE creative programme for young people aged 16-30 who are unemployed but work reworking 16hrs or less p/w or in education for 14hrs or less p/w and would like to try a new skill. It will give them the opportunity to focus on their social skills and personal development with the aim of getting them work ready.

The aim is to signpost these young people to apprenticeships, college courses or further Prince’s Trust programmes.

Suitable candidates will be invited to a taster day on Wednesday 17th January 2018 (10:00-15:30) at Torre Abbey, The King’s Drive, Torquay, TQ2 5JE.

The programme will be located at Torre Abbey. Lunch and travel will be provided for the duration of the programme and benefits will not be affected.

 To refer a young person please use the website 

 Any questions? Call 07425632049

Duke of Edinburgh seeking volunteers

The 'Children's Summer Club' Duke of Edinburgh Open Award Centre operates from Barnstaple and relies on commitment from enthusiastic volunteers.  As a volunteer, you will be required to support the DofE leader in assisting young people to achieve their Awards.  There will be regular contact sessions with the young people and further support will be needed in preparation for their expeditions.  You will guide, inspire and encourage young people and support them to agree their programme choices.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Amy Reeson-Sargent - amy.reeson-sargent@spacepsm.org

A European system for the certification of competences of youth workers and youth educators - Survey for Youth Workers

Youth workers are being asked if they could take part in an online survey, the results of which will be used for a research carried out at international level, as part of a project, designed to assess and develop a competence profile for youth workers.

The project is an EU funded project called: MAV - Mapping, Assessing and Validating Competences of Youth Educators Working with NEETS, Project nr2017-1-PL01-KA205-035785.

The project aims to develop a European system for the certification of competences of youth workers and youth educators working with NEETS based on the European Council recommendation on validation of non-formal and informal
learning. It is run in conjunction with organisations from Spain, Slovakia and Poland.

It will only take a few minutes of your time to complete:

Take the survey here: https://www.survio.com/survey/d/F1X9K4N3E5Y9X5J5C

Bridging the Gap - Could you vote for this project in the Aviva Fund?

Bridging the Ga has been selected as a project for the Aviva Community Fund with the chance of getting £25,000 towards our young people's project. Bridging the Gap project is an important project to Forches & Slade Valley.

Bridging the Gap has worked with over 400 Young People (YP) in the last 9 years supported by external funding to provide youth workers and hire local community buildings. Many of the YP see the youth clubs as their family making firm friendships, finding peer role models, aspiring towards Senior Membership and achieving in life. A significant number spend all their school holidays joining in on activities, (they would otherwise not have the chance to do), that are fun as well as informal learning opportunities e.g. camping, beach trips, becoming health champions, making local radio shows about YP issues. 

For some YP their relationship with our youth workers can be the only meaningful relationship they have with an adult – and it has been life changing, especially where no one else has ever listened or given them a second chance in life

If you'd like to find out more click here: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3064

Exeter Traineeship Programme - November 2017 to February 2018 (inclusive)

Aimed at people aged between 19-24 this course will help individuals choose which path to take, with a FREE Traineeship Programme with Exeter City Football Club and CoLab Exeter. Being delivered both at CoLab and ECFC, the learners will be able to gain a really positive insight into different working environments where both organisations have a real sense of community not only in their own organisations but to the wider community also making their services accessible, dynamic and engaging.

This programme is going to take a new approach to the traditional model of traineeships and really ask the learners co-design and sculpt the delivery and content of this programme from the outset. They will have the opportunity to tell us their interests both personally and professionally and we will build the course around them collectively, offering a new innovative style of traineeship delivery which will equip them with the skills to move forward into either employment, volunteering, self-employment, an apprenticeship or maybe even starting up a social enterprise!

It will give the learners an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification, support them to gain their functional skills in numeracy and literacy and have 1:1 coaching sessions and attend work readiness and personal resilience workshops.  They will be inviting in key speakers and employers in to our guest led workshops to help, inspire and encourage the learners on their path into employment, and this in turn will hopefully ready them to move forward and complete 100 Hours of work placement activity where they will further develop their skills and build confidence and self-esteem within the workplace.

The Co-design Day is Friday 17th November at Exeter City Football Club.

If you have any questions or would like to book any learners on please do not hesitate to get in toch with Jo and Georgina.

Jo Armstrong: jo.armstrong@exetercvs.org.uk

Georgina Dunn: Georgina.dunn@exetercvs.org.uk

 Tel: 01392 202055

 More info and eligibility criteria ttps://www.exetercvs.org.uk/learn/courses?task=view_event&event_id=382

Local Volunteering campaign

A recruitment campaign from DeVA aims to encourage working age 21 - 60 years old to volunteer.  They are looking to find some young people who have worked but then volunteered (this could be as a a sports coach, a trustee or, helped with admininstrator for example) to help them with their campaign.

Contact DeVa for more information if you think you might fit this description

Volunteers needed to help identify future service provider for children's services

In January 2018, the NHS will begin a formal process to identify the future provider/s for local health services for children and young people across Devon. They feel it is very important that they continue to involve individuals that have experience of using local services and they would like your support as they consider potential providers of future services. TheyWe are looking for children and young people and also parents or carers who have experience of being in touch with local children’s services. They have already done lots of engagement, and further information is available here. 

What will volunteers do?

The process to decide on the next service provider/s is a bit like a longer version of a job interview process. The evaluation panel has a role similar to interviewers and the potential provider organisations are like the interviewees. Volunteers will join our evaluation team, alongside professionals who work with and help to plan in local health and social care services for children and young people. This team will assess information presented by potential new service providers in written format and in face-to-face presentations. They expect this process to start in January 2018 and finish in July 2018, with volunteers required for approximately 12 half days, spread across the 7 months. All meetings will be based in Exeter, full training and support will be offered and travel expenses will be refunded.

How to express an interest

Send an email including your name and contact details and briefly explain:

A little bit about yourself and your background/experience, stating:

  • Why this role would be of interest to you
  • What you could offer as a member of the evaluation team (e.g. any work or other kinds of experience you have that you feel would be helpful)

All emails should be sent to deon.falcon@nhs.net in our communications team by Monday 27 November 2017.

Deon is also happy to have a chat with you if you have any queries on (01392) 356154.

Young Devon's FREE one to one mentoring for young people in Exeter

There are currently openings for 18-24 year old age range and they are able to accept referrals for young people who require additional support to access the jobs market- this is a more intensive style of mentoring which is tailored to each individual. This mentoring comes under theEmpowering Enterprise, Building Better Opportunities project and they are able to support those young for a longer time period.

For further info please visit www.petroc.ac.uk/college-information/projects/empowering-enterprise This National Lottery funded project is aimed at those young people who are at the most risk of social exclusion.

Please use the Young Devon referral form, please complete this with as much detail as possible and send to jemma.flower@youngdevon.org. Once received they will then be in touch to arrange a suitable time to meet with the young person and discuss the options available to them. Please be aware young people will need to fulfil the eligibility criteria and provide their National Insurance number and official ID before mentoring can begin.