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Welcome to the Cumbria Youth Alliance (CYA) news round-up

In this issue... CYA Choices Programme First Steps to Employment Programme Emotional Resilience Project Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Awards LOCAL, REGIONAL & NATIONAL News Member News

Welcome to our February newsletter It is a combination of local, regional and national news that should be of interest to organisations working with children, young people and families here in Cumbria. If you would like to put anything in our newsletter which goes out to over 500 agencies per month please just contact or contact us if you would like to add somebody to the mailing list.

CYA Choices Programme Callum McBride: successfully gains full time employment at the United Utilities call centre in Whitehaven Callum McBride joined CYA Choices Programme in November 2017. Callum was one of ten participants including the CYA key worker that completed the Kaefer Ltd IOSH Working Safely Certification. Callum has gone on to do the L3 First Aid in the Work Place with Kaefer and been supported by CYA to apply for and prepare for apprenticeship interviews while on the Choices Programmes, he also joined the Groundwork Journey 2 work programme.

All the hard work has paid off as Callum has now successfully gained full time employment at the United Utilities call centre in Whitehaven and is keen and eager to start. 2

Callum Hodgson: "I can genuinely say that I feel immensely lucky to have met the CYA team and will be forever grateful for their time, education and empathy". "When I first attended the Cumbria Youth Alliance I was in a hopeless place, with no aspirations, motivation or self-worth. At first I assumed it would be another mandatory programme that would do nothing but confirm my hopelessness as all the other programmes had done. "Upon attending I felt like they were people who genuinely cared about me as an individual. I’ve been with the programme 18 months now and through 1-1 sessions and group therapy, it’s totally transformed the way I see myself and my goals in life. "I can genuinely say that I feel immensely lucky to have met the CYA team and will be forever grateful for their time, education and empathy. Without which id still be withering away in anxiety and depression. They’re amazing!"

Cumbria Youth Alliance is one of the main partners delivering on the CHOICES programme. We provide specialist services for participants 1524 years old in Allerdale and Copeland. Cumbria Youth Alliance help to support young people to improve their skills, access training, volunteering and work experience opportunities. Our Key Workers provide one to one support to help educational development and further training opportunities, increasing employability skills with participants to enable them to reach their full potential.

Cath Clarke, CEO Cumbria Youth Alliance Member of the Institute of Fundraising


First Steps to Employment Programme Yet more success to report for our young people as we offer our congratulations to Chloe Birdsall, aged 20. Chloe came to Cumbria Youth Alliance in November 2018 and joined The First Steps to Employment Programme looking for support to develop her skills and experience and she aspired to work towards a job in administration or a related field. Chloe demonstrated great enthusiasm when offered work experience at Jansen Travel and made such a good impression that she has secured a Business |Administration Apprenticeship Level 2 with Jansen Travel and hopes to progress onto project management in the future.

“I really appreciate all the support given by CYA staff to achieve this apprenticeship and the bursary that has made it possible.� - Chloe


Emotional Resilience Project Focus on Allerdale and Copeland A National Lottery Community Funded Project run in partnership with Cumbria County Council

Last month we brought you up to date with the projects that the Barrow Youth Council voted to support and this month the focus has been on Allerdale and Copeland. Cumbria Youth Council consultation for the Emotional Resilience Programme has informed our commissioning strategy and the young people then made decisions on which projects were to be commissioned at each of the three localities. This was the result of an open tender inviting organisations in the localities to submit an expression of interest in delivering services. In January 2019 members of the youth council of Allerdale and Copeland have had their say on prospective programs. All the chosen projects have a common aim: To improve the emotional resilience of young people in Cumbria.


Eleven bespoke programs, co-designed by over 120 young people according to their needs, were discussed and voted on by the youth councils. Over 50 young people cast their vote over the different projects. The commissioned projects will support over 1300 young people to improve their emotional resilience in the Cumbrian coastal communities in the next 5months with a further 3000 receiving guidance and information on topics such as LGBTQ+, cyber bullying, mental health, and substance misuse awareness through tailored assemblies and visits to youth clubs . The projects were all very well received, most of them gaining unanimous backing. Here is what the young people have chosen:


Always Another Way will be providing youth sessions to high need young people as well as delivering assemblies in schools around LGBTQ+ cyber bullying, mental health, substance misuse, domestic violence and self-harm awareness in Copeland. Dodgeball level 1 and coaching level 2 will be offered throughout Copeland schools and local youth clubs engaging young people in playing and leaving a legacy through providing coaching opportunities for the young people. Rosehill Theatre: Developing a youth led performance piece about challenges on being a young person in West Cumbria.


Spiral will offer workshops in Allerdale around tackling bulling, cyber bullying and sexting with a succession of workshops in schools and youth settings. Ewanrigg Trust will be providing an accredited course on mental health first aid to young people and their parents or caregivers in Allerdale with a view to developing increased awareness and basic youth mental health first aid skills. Chance Camp will hold sport coaching sessions in Allerdale and access to wide range of popular sports for young people from all backgrounds. Together We: are offering a range of workshops to improve emotional resilience and also tailoring solutions for disadvantaged groups.



CADAS will provide body image workshops across three localities and provide alcohol and drugs awareness workshops across the three localities. The Well will be providing substance misuse awareness to young farmers in the Cumbrian across the three communities. Carlisle Mencap will be delivering a SOKA programme for young people with disabilities and their siblings (focusing on young people with autism). SAFA will be providing workshops and awareness sessions on Self Harm and Self Injury. If you want to find out more about the Emotional Resilience Project and how you could become involved or how to refer young people please contact: or

Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Awards It was with great pleasure that we saw Brad, Callum, Brandon and Ash receive their certificates for completing their Bronze award in January.

A fabulous achievement, very well done indeed! We're now looking forward to the Silver award, and to working with the new Bronze group at the Foyer in Workington. 7

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LOCAL, REGIONAL & NATIONAL News Teaching resources about positive relationships The NSPCC, in partnership with the School of performance and media production at York St John University, has developed teaching resources to help children and young people recognise concerning behaviour and identify characteristics of positive relationships. It's Not OK includes lesson plans, short films and accompanying activities about topics such as: harmful sexual behaviour; child sexual abuse; child sexual exploitation; sexting; and grooming. The resources designed to be used with children and young people aged 11+ Source: NSPCC Learning: It's Not OK: teaching resources about positive relationships Date: 16 January 2019. Read more on NSPCC Learning: Safeguarding and child protection in schools

BT to close MyDonate fundraising platform BT has this week announced that it will close its online fundraising platform, My Donate at the end of June. The news has been met with disappointment from the sector, with the impact on small charities causing concern. Read more on this story from Civil Society News.

NHS Long term plan - key themes

This week saw the release of the NHS’s Long Term Plan; which sets out how the NHS will be made fit for the future. The Plan details the improvements the NHS would like to make over the next decade – from giving every child the best start in life, to improving care for major conditions and helping people to age well - and how it intends to achieve these improvements, addressing the challenges that the NHS faces now. Our Policy & Research Lead, Amanda Stevens, has written an overview of the key themes in the plan, which is available to our members on NAVCA Connect.


The plan outlines a renewed focus on the prevention agenda, setting targets to avoid 150,000 heart attacks, strokes and dementia cases and stop an estimated 85,000 premature deaths each year. There is an increased focus on joined-up care delivery and collaboration between the NHS and external partners, (including communities and the VCSE sector), to take forward key priorities at local level. The Plan acknowledges the vital role that volunteers play across all areas of the NHS “from first responders and care companions to trust governors and transport volunteers”, and pledges to invest £2.3 million into support for volunteering programmes across the country. A selection of key priorities outlined in the plan include:      

Tackling major physical conditions Mental health Maternity Integrated support Digital technology Volunteers

Whilst the plan has been relatively well received, it has sparked criticism for being “undeliverable” in light of the ongoing NHS staffing crisis and major issues with hospital waiting times. Alongside this, there doesn’t appear to be any provision for the potential impact of Brexit in funding and staffing. It is also worth noting that the long-awaited Social Care Green Paper has not been released at the same time, missing an opportunity to clarify the funding and delivery of social care. At local level the NHS will be working with non-health partners (local authorities, VCSE organisations, community groups) to develop strategies to cover the next five years, work that will be led by Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). A full version of the NHS Long Term Plan can be found here along with a summary of some of the key priorities here.


Health and Wellbeing Strategy Submission to the Health and Well Being Strategy (2019 – 2029) from the Children’s Co-production Group for the North Cumbria Health and Care System Who are we? The Children’s Co-production Group for the North Cumbria Health and Care System is part of the Working Together Group set up after the Healthcare For The Future consultation. We are a group of commissioners and providers, members of the public, Healthwatch, public health, children’s third sector organisations and members of the West Cumbrian Voices for Healthcare. We have an interest in issues affecting children’s health and health services. Our views The group is pleased to see the focus on ensuring our young people and their families take up the offer of all appropriate vaccines. The group notes that while vaccine take up is better now we would like to see a focus on young people who may have missed the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella linked to the MMR controversy that took place 20 years ago. The group has also noted an increase in the use of vaccination safety issues as ‘fake news’ to undermine public confidence. It is suggested that the strategy around vaccination includes links to trusted evidence bases to build public confidence. It was advised that increasing the uptake of the flu vaccine was the priority at the moment, as uptake was currently low. Conversation then ensued about barriers to accessing the flu vaccine. These included: people only able to get appointments during work time; and information sent about the vaccine not being understandable for people with particular conditions, for example learning disabilities. It was noted that overcoming some of these barriers may be an opportunity for co-production. It was also advised that Public Heath tended to know what the barriers were, but hadn’t been able to carry out the work to overcome them to date. The group also supported the promotion of the screening programmes including bowel, cervical and breast. 11

The group would like to see a focus on tackling childhood obesity linked to getting fitter on being too fat. And that the message should be about healthy eating and exercising for all not targeted at children who may already feel different to friends. We would like to see messages about living a healthier life including support to families as a whole, perhaps targeting areas where there are high levels of childhood obesity to equip families with the skills to make meaningful change. We would like to see a commitment to influence planning rules around new housing developments which mandates ‘play space’ for new schemes of around 12 houses with speed limits under 20mph to encourage children to play outside safely. (This happens in Holland.) We would also encourage influencing of local and national debates to tackle the growth of takeaways, especially near schools. There was discussion of the heavy use of internet on smartphones, and the effects (both negative and positive) of this on children. There were concerns shared about the negative effects on physical activity levels that extensive use of smart phones creates, along with the sedentary lifestyles that result from people being on their phones all the time and not talking to each other. However, it was also noted that appreciating that this was how a lot of young people now lived their lives meant that social media could be a useful tool to reach children and young people, and also how they communicate and ask for help. We would like to be reassured that the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy will ensure strong co-ordination between the “family hub” and the ICC “hubs” would be. There is a strong feeling that these two areas MUST work in partnership. It was noted that there was currently limited data available relating to the effects of the use of social media. It was advised that there may be some data gathered by a Barnados survey, around 5-19 year olds, and that this could be shared to feed into the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. A video of feedback is here: The group also has concerns about the wider health inequalities which impacts upon the health of children growing up in Cumbria. Issues including poverty, housing, mental health of wider family members and our high levels of infant mortality all impact on our young people. In particular we hope the 12

Health and Wellbeing Board will consider the report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report which was published in October 2018 The wider family circumstances can have a big impact on the issues children are exposed to, their ability to access services and support and their development. We support the development of a plan which focuses on the wider social determinants as well as specific actions under the control of health and care organisations. Julie Clayton Head of Communications and Engagement NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group/North Cumbria Health and Care System Communications Lead; Rosehill. 4 Wavell Drive, Rosehill Ind Est,Carlisle. CA1 2SE Tel: Dir Line: 01768 245 490 Mob: 07826 918 018

Mental health in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated guidance for schools on supporting pupils with mental health problems. Updates include: information about school responsibilities in relation to mental health; how to identify behaviours that might be related to mental health problems; working with external professionals and agencies; where to find further support. Source: DfE Date: 12 November 2018 Further information: Mental health and behaviour in schools (PDF)


MEMBER NEWS What matters to you?

Calling aspiring young actors, directors, writers I am an Associate Artist of the National Youth Theatre and I have battled with them to let me put Cumbria back on their map again as a location to search for the next generation. I will be leading Intake Auditions this year in Keswick and I would be grateful if you could please pass this on to anybody who you think might be interested. I want to meet any aspiring young actors, writers, directors etc. No experience required, all they have to have is a curiosity. I also want to stress that if they are from a lesser financial background, please don't let the audition fee put them off. There is a Bursary Fund available that they can apply for. More information below, direct from NYT. Aged 14-25 and love to perform? We want to meet you! 14

Between January and March 2019, the National Youth Theatre are holding acting auditions and backstage interviews at over 70 venues across the UK. On Wednesday 20th and Saturday 23rd February National Youth Theatre auditions are at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. To audition for National Youth Theatre summer courses visit: What happens on the day? Take part in a 3 hour workshop led by National Youth Theatre Associates. In the afternoon perform a 3 minute monologue from a published play. What next? If successful, applicants are invited to a 2-4 week course in the summer holidays. Once completing the course, you’ll become a National Youth Theatre member and have access to more training, development and casting opportunities until you turn 26. Any individual who may be facing financial hardship can make an application via the National Youth Theatre Bursary Scheme. For information visit:


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Cumbria Youth Alliance - February Newsletter  

Local, regional and national news of interest to organisations working with children, young people and families in Cumbria

Cumbria Youth Alliance - February Newsletter  

Local, regional and national news of interest to organisations working with children, young people and families in Cumbria