Tens of thousands of young people in the UK approach their local authority each year because they are facing homelessness. This experience of homelessness can disrupt or derail the future of a young person permanently.
Depaul UK is committed to reaching young people early. When we can tackle issues now, we prevent homelessness and more complex problems in the future, and give young people the best start in life.
Our programme of work in schools delivers bold and relatable workshops to whole year groups, using digital media and creative techniques to build up their knowledge of youth homelessness and related issues, including relationships, family breakdown, exploitation and abuse, mental wellbeing and risk-taking.
We develop resilience and support young people to develop their capacity to make informed decisions when faced with risks, ensuring they know how, when and where to ask for help.
We deliver these workshops to pupils of all ages, working with them once in Key Stage 3, once in Key Stage 4 and once in Key Stage 5.
After each of these whole year group workshops, we then work with schools to select a small group of young people at higher risk to take part in a targeted programme of four sessions:
• Emotional literacy and wellbeing
• Positive and healthy relationships
• Managing conflict
• Making well-informed and safer choices
We aim to build long-term partnerships so that we can best support the young people in the schools we work in, also enabling us to open referral routes into our other targeted services, family support and emergency accommodation.
Our workshops are delivered by highly skilled and experienced facilitators and can be tailored to meet your school’s specific requirements and the particular needs of your young people.
The programme compliments many of the requirements of the new RSE guidance, as well several of Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework values with regard to children and young people’s personal development, behaviour and welfare, including:
• Positive and healthy friendships and how to judge when a relationship is unsafe
• How to talk about and manage emotions
• How to critically evaluate when something has a positive or negative effect on their own or others’ mental health
• Staying safe from abuse and exploitation
• How to recognise what is normal and what is an issue, and seek support as early as possible from appropriate source
As part of our commitment to preventing youth homelessness, we cover the programme’s management and strategic development costs. In order to reach as many young people as possible, we ask our partners to cover just the direct delivery costs of the service they will receive for their school.
For costs in your area and to find out more about making a booking, please contact:
South Yorkshire: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Manchester: email@example.com
North East: firstname.lastname@example.org
*We have funding from London Councils to deliver this programme to specific ages, meaning we are able to offer workshops for colleges and Year 12 & 13 in London Boroughs free of charge.