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

In this issue... Emotional Resilience outcomes Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Disability Volunteering Opportunities Infrastructure Support First Steps to Employment National NEWS Member NEWS

Welcome to our May newsletter Emotional Resilience We have come to the end of another year at Cumbria Youth Alliance and we are busy reflecting back on what has gone before - what have we achieved? What have we done well? What could we improve on? What difference have we made to the lives of the young people we support? Using the outcomes star assessment tools and distance travelled model with our young people we are able to measure the impact of the work we are doing on the lives of the young people and we can provide print outs and diagrams etc which make it easy for funders to see the impact of our work. We have had a very successful year in terms of funding and our turnover rose by over £200,000 thanks to the Big Lottery Funding to support Emotional Resilience across Allerdale, Copeland and Barrow but you must remember that the bulk of this funding has gone out to other agencies to delivery community based programmes for us in Allerdale, Copeland and Barrow and we are just reviewing year one so we can get more services commissioned for year two so we can help more young people improve their emotional resilience. As this week is mental health awareness week, it is a good time to celebrate the work we are currently doing with young people to improve their emotional wellbeing through the peer led emotional resilience programme. The universal programme has engaged a wide range of young people in different settings. Including the Kirkgate theatre group who are using their new knowledge gained with the workshop to create their own performance on mental health, with reference to some of the situations which resonated with them. A participant said: “It made me realise that other people may have things going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about.” A group of sixth formers from West Lakes Academy have also been engaged at a good time of the year with the stresses of exams and the time to start thinking about their future university and career options. We discussed a range of issues pertinent to them. We are also working alongside other programmes in CYA with participants of the choices programme benefitting from the discussion based programme with the intentions of boosting their self confidence and self esteem. After completing the session’s one young person said,

“I am going to try and talk about things more often and be more accepting of my own flaws.”

Cath Clarke, CEO Cumbria Youth Alliance Organisastional Members of the Institute of Fundraising


Emotional Resilience Outcomes As we make our way forward to June most of our contractors on the Emotional Resilience Project from the first year of commissioning are coming to an end and we are getting to see some amazing finished results!

Our Mental Health First Aid Lite courses delivered by Ewanrigg have been said to be enriching and open, people who have attended are feeling better about dealing with their own mental health or that of their young people. We trained 103 people in Youth Mental Health and have more courses in the pipeline! The Well have been working with Young Farmers to improve Drug and Alcohol awareness as well as reduce peer pressure and improve confidence. This has had a mention in the Cumberland and received further funding from Cumbria Community Foundation for the Young Farmers group to carry it on themselves! Great News! we reached 145 young farmers within the coastal communities of Cumbria.

“I didn’t realise what effect it actually had on you, I really needed to hear this” – Anonymous Young Farmer


You Bring the Band held the final session of BATTLE

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Amazing performances from all those involved, personally we think they are all winners to get up on stage and perform after just 6 sessions! Some without having even picked up an instrument truly outstanding and what a confidence boost!

“I didn’t think I would ever get on stage I was always so shy and now I am the lead singer in the band it is crazy� – Lead singer in the Winner of Best Original Song – Pirate Division. This is something that will stay with the young people for the rest of their lives, they had fun, they learned a new skill, improved confidence and most importantly this has helped them with their emotional resilience, the big reason for all of our projects on this programme. The event also featured in the local press, see the link: 4

Great work from Together We CIC Fitness And Wellbeing Centre, one of our partners in the Emotional Resilience Programme, they have supported 284 pupils in emotional wellbeing in 8 schools in Allerdale in the last year. The young people now feel more capable and willing to deal with life’s ups and downs, truly building emotional resilience.

We have received amazing feedback from the students! Some of them even begging for Together We to go back to school! SpringMount have supported 84 young people in a life skills programme, developing skills in budgeting, money management, healthy living, cooking and building successful relationships. Peer Led Emotional Wellbeing Training has supported over 70 young people in the schools across Allerdale, Copeland and Barrow with more in place! Over 80% say they feel their confidence and self-esteem has improved after the sessions.

FREE Training coming soon

Outcomes Star Training Workington 23rd of May 2019 Youth Mental Health First Aid Lite Whitehaven - am 24th May 2019 Youth Mental Health First Aid Lite Barrow - am 6th June 2019

Booking is essential for all our accredited courses ring to discuss the training


Emotional Wellbeing Workshop


Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Practice Day Here are a few photos from our recent Whitehaven Academy DOfE group through Young Leaders practicing for their upcoming expedition. Our route was around Loweswater and on Carling Knott and Burnbank Fell. Everyone did superbly well in all aspects – navigating well and showing good campcraft skills.


The Project Will: Find volunteering opportunities for young disabled people within their local community so they can play a role in civic society and feel they have worth and self esteem.  Young people with disabilities will recieve accredited training in Volunteering and Mentoring through national awarding body ASDAN.  This popular project has been funded to run again thanks to funding from Baily Thomas Charitable Trust  If you would like to discuss this further please contact Juan on 01900 603131 or email


Cumbria Youth Alliance Infrastructure Support for Organisations working with children, young people and families - funded by Cumbria County Council Contract and other supporters Last year 2018/2019 here is what we achieved supporting organisations working with children, young people and families :  55 organisations were supported/trained to improve their governance using the code of good governance - this included training sessions/action planning and responding to requests for policies and procedures from trustees and staff  19 organisations achieve a quality mark with national accreditation  199 individual staff/volunteers /trustees attended short training courses such as Youth Mental Health First Aid, Building Emotional Resilience. Outcomes Star, First Aid and Health and Safety and 180 gained nationally accredited certification  42 New volunteers recruited and trained to support children, young people and families in the wider third sector  110 agencies were supported with their fundraising through provision of training, one to one support, bid preparation etc and this helped other agencies bring in £562159 to support their work with children, young people and families  We attracted £654,000 worth of strategic funding to develop emotional resilience programmes and Friday Night provision in Cumbria and subcontracted with 27 other agencies to deliver services - contributing to sustainability of the sector  328 people signed up to receive our weekly/monthly newsletter  340 people signed up to receive our monthly funding newsletter  Contract targets - we achieved 134% of the targets set for us by Cumbria County Council  Funders: Cumbria County Council, Four Acre Trust and Nugen

First Steps to Employment Congratulations goes to the 42 young people who worked with Gary Frazer on the First Steps to Employment Programme and who have all gone into work during the last 12 months. The young people have gone into a wide variety of jobs from administrative jobs in youth clubs to construction jobs, to working in printers to digital security and health and social care.


National news Young People and Worklessness Anxiety and depression are the biggest barriers faced by young people when looking for work, a new study has found. A quarter of young people aged 16 to 25 are unemployed a year after leaving education, a survey has found. The research, commissioned by charity UK Youth and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), revealed that one in four young people aged 16 to 25 were still unemployed at least a year after leaving education. The study, which drew on the responses of more than 2,000 people aged 16 to 60, found 55 per cent of the "Generation Zs" - those born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s - felt anxiety was the main reason they had not yet found a job. Nearly a third of this cohort (31 per cent) said they had experienced anxiety and depression when job hunting and it had affected their search for work.  Inspections Clinic: School careers guidance  Apprenticeships special report The findings have been published as Reach Up, a joint programme developed by UK Youth and CCEP to offer support to young people to prepare them for the workplace, enters its second phase. A four-month pilot was held last year which worked with 40 young people in the North West of England delivering workshops, networking masterclasses, mock interviews and work experience with CCEP's team. Of those who completed the programme, 80 per cent said they felt more confident and 94 per cent said they had been given the knowledge they needed to find a job. CCEP is investing £250,000 to provide Reach UP programmes to four more areas across the UK this year which will support 160 young people. Despite the barriers identified in the research, the findings showed 30 per cent of young people aged 16 to 25 had found work less than a month after leaving education. It also highlights the positivity of young people in this cohort with 81 per cent of respondents citing confidence as the main characteristic which would bring the biggest advantage in finding work. Flexibility in terms of workplace location (59 per cent) and "having an academic record" (53 per cent) were other factors given that would help young people when trying to enter the workplace, the study said. 10

However, the research also points to practical barriers faced by some young people such as being a carer, not being able to drive or having a physical disability. Patrick Shaw-Brown, director of national programmes at UK Youth, said the research highlighted the "mounting challenges" faced by young people looking for work, saying,

"We hear a great deal about mental health issues in the workplace, but it's equally important to shine a light on the impact anxiety has when seeking employment. "The transition into employment is undoubtedly a tough experience for many young people, bringing with it challenges and responsibilities they may not be aware of, or equipped to cope with. "Many young people don't have, or don't recognise that they have, the confidence or relevant experiences needed to enter the workplace," Extract from Young People now 15/5/2019

Scouts provide support for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds Record numbers of new Scouts sections opened in areas of deprivation last year as part of a five-year strategy to bring opportunities to disadvantaged young people. Hundreds of new Scouts groups have opened in areas of deprivation. Figures published today by the youth movement - a year on since the launch of its Skills for Life strategy to increase provision in disadvantaged communities - showed there were 289 new sections formed in target areas in 2018. The five-year strategy aims to open 500 new units in deprived areas by 2023 and has so far boosted membership by 20,000. It builds on its drive announced in 2014 to focus taking the movement to the UK's most disadvantaged young people. At that time the organisation had opened 1,280 new sections, a figure that has increased year on year.


In 2014, 191 new sections opened which increased to 282 in 2016 and 272 in 2017, engaging nearly 20,000 young people from the hardest to reach areas.  Scouts turn focus on pre-schoolers  Call for bold youth work vision  Civil Society Strategy sets out plans to remake youth work landscape In the West Midlands, two new Beaver sections were opened catering for 50 young people drawn from some of the most deprived wards in England, the Scouts said. Membership levels grew by more than 40 per cent from last year for the Willesden Scout District branch in London, of which young people attending this provision are drawn from the 10 per cent most deprived wards in England, it added. A census for 2019 showed there were 544 members in the district, a 35-year high. Despite the record numbers, the Scouts said its waiting list had more than 60,000 young people and more adult volunteers were needed. More than £7m in funding is being used to support the expansion of new sections with £4.5m awarded by the Youth United Foundation and £1.3m from the Pears Foundation. The Scouts was one of nine uniformed groups to share £4.2m in government funding to boost the number of places for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. A grant of £781,750, distributed through the Uniformed Youth Fund, was awarded to the Scouts to help create 60 new units as well as develop an impact measurement tool of its work with under-13s. Scouts chief commissioner Tim Kidd said the organisation had seen "great change" as well as "significant progress" since the launch of Skills for Life last year. The programme, which builds on its previous Scouting for All strategy, sets out plans to grow membership, increase inclusivity, involve young people more in decision-making processes and make a bigger impact in local communities. Tim Kidd said,

"We have so much to be proud of, opening more units in areas of deprivation offering opportunities to the young people who need them most. This was so central to Scouting for All and remains at the heart of our Skills for Life plan," Kidd said overall membership had risen in 2019 and the organisation had seen a four per cent growth in the number of girls and young women aged 6 to 18 to join up.


Total membership figures had increased by 155,000 (more than 32 per cent) in the last decade, while youth membership (6-25) was up by 84,000 (more than 21 per cent) over the same period, he added. More than 18,000 young leaders (an increase of 2.8 per cent) have also been appointed, enabling young people to experience volunteer leadership. "The Young Leaders scheme is such a success story and bodes so well, not only for the personal development of these amazing young people, but for the future of our movement," said Kidd. Opportunities for social action have been taken up by 250,000 Scouts across a range of themes, he added. These include initiatives such as Dementia Friends, which has so far trained 22,000 Scouts. The strategy also aims to reach young people under six in areas of deprivation and has rolled out a number of pilots to evaluate the potential for early years provision. Kidd said:

"We know the pilots are already making a positive impact on the lives of young people and their families in areas of deprivation." Article taken from Young People Now 16/5/2019


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Vacancy for project / education worker


Carlisle Volunteer Vacancies


CVS Volunteering Fair


Substance Misuse & parenting The LSCB is running a series of training events around substance misuse and parenting across the county. The aim of the training is to provide staff who work with families affected by substance use additional insight into the impact substance use can have on parenting. It is to provide support to all professionals working with parental substance use to:      

Develop an understanding of common substances used and their affects Insight into the impact substance use can have upon parenting capacity and assessing this Raise awareness of Multi Agency Thresholds in Cumbria and differing levels of support for children and families Understand the LSCB Procedure for Children of Parents that Misuse Substances Identify ways of supporting ways of supporting children and families affected by substance use Hear the voice of children affected by parental substance use

Duration: Half day 9.30am – 1.30pm Who is the course aimed at : please refer to the LSCB Training Framework Dates and venues: South Thursday 30 May 2019 - Furness College, Channelside, Barrow in Furness, LA14 2PJ

Contact Susan Hodkin - Programme Officer, LSCB & Improvement, Directorate of People


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News and events from CYA plus member and national news updates

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News and events from CYA plus member and national news updates