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OUR PROJECTS

There are many challenges facing children and young people today. Through our projects, we aim to tackle these challenges, taking our resources and expertise wherever we feel we can make the most impact. We take on projects to find new insights that are youth-led and solution-focused to address issues no matter how big or small, sensitive, or controversial the issue.

Priority 1-54 - Our youth consultants 

Our Youth Consultant program is our way of putting the voice of young people at the heart of everything that we do, guiding all our projects and other commissioned youth voice activities. Our aim is to ensure young people are listened to and their experiences, ideas and feedback inform and shape the world around them.

Creative Arts and Youth Voice 

Project 13 - 31* is a two-year program to empower seldom-heard young people using urban arts techniques. This transformative approach will empower young people within two grassroots youth organisations, allowing them to shape and inspire their communities through an exciting array of 40 immersive and creative workshops and community arts events. 

Project start date December 2023

  

*The project is named after UNCRC Articles 13 and 31. Article 13 states children and young people have the right to access information and express themselves through writing, speaking, or drawing, while Article 31 highlights their right to participate in cultural and artistic activities.

ACT: Acknowedge - Care - Talk

ACT is a college-based early intervention program to enable young people to recognise the early signs of suicide in themselves and others.

Why ACT?

  • ACKNOWLEDGING the signs of suicide that young people display and taking them seriously.

  • Letting people know you CARE about them and that you want to help.

  • Encouraging help-seeking behaviours among young people including TALKING to a trusted adult.

ACT is underpinned by evidence-based learning methods to create a 'safe space' to address difficult and sensitive issues. These include open forum discussions and role play, together with arts-based activities to fully engage young people.

Project start date April 2024

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Safe Spaces - Newhaven

Priority 1-54 has been commissioned to bring together local partners in Newhaven, including seldom-heard voices, to understand perceptions of crime and violence, identify opportunities within existing community assets, and co-produce a set of recommendations to inform a community-led local Strategy and Action Plan.

Our objectives: 

  • To engage distinct groups of young people who have direct experience of street crime

  • Undertake interviews with community stakeholders

  • Actively involve community stakeholders to co-produce a set of solution-focused recommendations

Project start date April 2024

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Save the Children

Save the Children has commissioned Priority 1-54 to gather views and opinions on the challenges faced by children and young people growing up in poverty. 

  

The plan is to conduct a series of creative workshops with young people over the next 6 months, addressing topics like money, and the impact of living in poverty on mental health, housing, and education and in doing so, up-skill and give agency to their voice and lived experiences.  

  

This initiative aims to shape Save the Children's new policy recommendations on poverty and provide lobbying materials to be presented directly to government. The project will conclude with a launch event in April 2024.

Project completed March 2024

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Moving up to secondary school 

Funded by the Co-op Foundation #iwill fund, Smooth Moves is a 3- year youth-led project aimed at supporting the well-being and resilience of children as they move to secondary school.

We are delivering a programme of support with 12 schools across 3 geographical areas in the South East.

Maps to Manhood

Funded as part of the national Safer Streets agenda, Maps to Manhood is a programme of creative and challenging workshops offering a safe space for young men to explore the importance of respectful relationships, sexualised bullying and sexual harassment.

 

The themes covered in the programme include:

  • The 'Man Code' and what it means to be a man.

  • Sexist banter and sexualised bullying.

  • Young men as allies in challenging sexual harassment.

  • Bystander/Upstander behaviour.

Ongoing

Preventing violence against women and girls

Funded by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Steps to Respect offers young women a programme of engaging workshops that explore gender norms and stereotypes, the myths surrounding sexualised bullying and sexual harassment, consent and advocacy.

Ongoing

Youth voice in mental health 

The aim of our Connecting Minds project is to support a range of co-production activities with children and young people, to inform the work of Mental Health Support Teams and whole-school approaches to emotional wellbeing and mental health in East Sussex.

 

Key to the project is the use of inclusive and creative co-production methods to engage and amplify the voices of seldom-heard children and young people with lived experiences of mental health.

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