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National Youth Work Week Events Coming to The Hive

Young people will have the opportunity to join in with activities to help increase awareness of health and wellbeing during National Youth Work Week at The Hive.

The theme for this year’s national campaign, which is in its 21st year, is ‘Skills for Life’, helping young people to understand more about themselves, others and society.

A team of students from the University of Worcester, who run Youth Mentor projects at The Hive, have been working with practitioners, volunteers and University and Hive staff to create a week-long programme of activities for this national event, from Monday, November 3 to Saturday, November 8.

The programme will explore mental health, drug and alcohol awareness, healthy living, body image, body art, sport, dance and advice on finding a job and caring for others.

Kate Thackeray, Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester, launched The Hive ‘Student Youth Mentor Team’ two years ago with the aim of helping young people focus on developing their interests and engage with the resources available at The Hive. Together, Kate and the team have strived to create a week of activities for this national event that will help young people make informed decisions about their lives and future aspirations.

Kate said: “Youth Work Week (YWW) is a celebration of young people’s contributions to their communities. “It is about recognising the range of ‘Skills for Life’ they have and will need for the challenges in their future lives and careers.

“Furthermore YWW is about recognising the fantastic work done by our partner agencies and students from the University of Worcester who are striving to maintain a rich and diverse provision for young people.”

Worcestershire County Councillor Liz Eyre, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: "We adults all remember the challenges of youth and the issues around making that all important transition to adulthood. This is a real opportunity for young people to explore issues with their peers, gain confidence and skills to assist them in the future and to tackle in the awkward health questions. Health and Wellbeing is often an area young people overlook."

The Youth Mentors get involved with activities to engage with young people at The Hive and out in the wider community. They work with local schools with the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards and help with The Hive Chapter 5, teenage book club.

Past initiatives have included projects run for young people involving dance, ICT and video making. The full programme of activity for the week can be found on The Hive website. The ‘Student Youth Mentor Team’ will be promoting the event over half-term in The Hive and around the City.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the week’s events please visit The Hive website www.thehiveworcester.org/whats-on.