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Peace-Building Resources for Working with Groups

FACILITATOR: David Gardiner

DATE: 14th November 2019

VENUE: Enniskillen Hotel

TIME: 10.00-3:00

AUDIENCE: This session is for those committed to peace-building and community relations to refresh existing repertoire of exercises and resources.

TWO PLACES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR EACH PARTNERSHIP

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Those in a project worker role
  • Those in a group worker role
  • Those delivering community relations elements of Peace4Youth programmes
  • Those with programme design responsibility.

The Peace4Youth programme works with young people to address the stubborn and pervasive legacy of the conflict; sometimes obvious and at times hidden, but always present.  David will draw on the work he has done on the ‘Explore, Dream, Discover’ resource for running T:BUC Summer Camps, to bring youth work resources to this Peace4Youth audience.  This interactive session will use the activities and ideas within the resource to spark conversations and insights into the nature of community relations work currently and to consider ways of deepening the conversation. 

REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

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Youth Workers and Young People as Social Activists

FACILITATOR: Maria Perkins

DATE: 22nd November 2019

VENUE: Room 21D02, Ulster University at Jordanstown

TIME: 10:00-3:00

AUDIENCE: This session is suitable for those committed to building the capacity of young people to shape and change their own society.

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Those in a project worker role
  • Those in a group worker role
  • Those delivering citizenship elements of Peace4Youth programmes.
  • Those with programme design responsibility.

Citizenship is a core thematic area for the Peace4Youth programme and can be underpinned by a wide range of ideologies and movements that result in different approaches in practice.  It can range from tokenistic actions by young people through to meaningful democratic activity or movements.  This session takes a human rights approach to citizenship, identifying how young people are treated at community and societal level and how they experience power in their own lives.  This interactive session will ask participants to reflect on their own comfort or discomfort with change and will introduce and facilitate the sharing of ideas and resources to inspire young people as social activists.

REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

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Conversations on Safeguarding/Pastoral Care (DERRY-LONDONDERRY)

FACILITATOR: Claire King

DATE: 28th November 2019

VENUE: Room MD021, Ulster University at Magee.

TIME: 10:30-3:30

AUDIENCE: Suitable for those who have completed accredited safeguarding training and wish to deepen their discussions.

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Professionally qualified youth workers
  • Designated Safeguarding Officers
  • Those with more than three years youth work experience.

This event is for workers who wish to reflect on the safeguarding/pastoral care aspects of their work in Peace4Youth. The session will create the conversation space for participants to identify and consider the range of complementary welfare, health and wellbeing policies, interventions and responses provided to ensure a quality learning experience for young people engaged on the programme and use their reflections to affirm, inform and enhance this important element of their ongoing practice. Participants will have access to resources on safeguarding, share scenarios that have challenged them and approaches/insights that have been useful.

REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

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Conversations on Safeguarding/Pastoral Care (MID-ULSTER)

FACILITATOR: Claire King

DATE: 5th December 2019

VENUE: Ryandale Inn, Moy, Dungannon

TIME: 10.00-3:00

AUDIENCE: Suitable for those who have completed accredited safeguarding training and wish to deepen their discussions.

SUITABLE FOR:  

  • Professionally qualified youth workers
  • Designated Safeguarding Officers
  • Those with more than three years youth work experience.

This event is for workers who wish to reflect on the safeguarding/pastoral care aspects of their work in Peace4Youth. The session will create the conversation space for participants to identify and consider the range of complementary welfare, health and wellbeing policies, interventions and responses provided to ensure a quality learning experience for young people engaged on the programme and use their reflections to affirm, inform and enhance this important element of their ongoing practice. Participants will have access to resources on safeguarding, share scenarios that have challenged them and approaches/insights that have been useful.

REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

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Introduction to Work with Young Men

FACILITATORS: Dr Colm Walsh and Dr Ken Harland

DATE: 12th December 2019

VENUE: Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast

TIME: 10:00- 3:00

AUDIENCE: Suitable for practitioners who have not yet engaged in similar training to examine issues related to the lives and experiences of young men.

TWO PLACES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR EACH PARTNERSHIP

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Those in a project worker role
  • Those in a group worker role
  • Those with no previous training in working with young men.

Practitioners have consistently reported finding it difficult to understand and respond to certain types of behaviour among boys and young men. This can prevent them engaging in meaningful dialogue around sensitive or contentious issues.  Practitioners also suggest that they sometimes lack the confidence, skills and tools to develop practice with successful outcomes.

This introductory session invites practitioners to critically examine the lives of young men and considerations for practice. The session will be anchored to the realities of practitioners themselves and provide a safe environment for them to reflect on these issues in a creative, experiential and engaging way.  Practitioners will have the opportunity to critically reflect on their own practice and their approach to working with young men.

REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

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Introduction to Life Coaching

FACILITATOR: Brian Nugent

DATE: 9th January 2020

VENUE: Room 21D02, Ulster University at Jordanstown

TIME: 10:00-3:00

AUDIENCE: Suitable for those who have direct experience in one-to-one work with young people.

THREE PLACES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR EACH PARTNERSHIP

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Those in a mentoring role
  • Peer support worker
  • Key/Link worker role

Life coaches work with people to help them identify their goals, work with their barriers and build focus and tenacity to make changes in their own lives.  Life coaching is built on an asset-based approach that individuals hold the capacity to make changes for themselves and achieve their goals.  This introductory session will identify the quality and skills required of a life coach; the process of a life coach, areas of focus that can be boosted by this approach and how this relates to working with young people.  The session will consider our own approach to goals and achievements and how these personal motivations can guide coaching techniques with young people.

REGISTRATION FORM HERE. 

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Peace-Building Resources for Working with Groups

FACILITATOR: Dr. Martin Mc Mullan

DATE: 16th January 2020

VENUE: Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast

TIME: 10:00-3:00

AUDIENCE: This session is for those committed to peace-building and community relations in search of new resources.

THREE PLACES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR EACH PARTNERSHIP

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Those in a project worker role
  • Those in a group worker role
  • Those delivering community relations elements of Peace4Youth programmes
  • Those with programme design responsibility.

The Peace4Youth programme works with young people to address the stubborn and pervasive legacy of the conflict; sometimes obvious and at times hidden, but always present. This new set of peace-building resources developed by Dr. Martin McMullan offer a contemporary approach to these issues for young people born in a post-Belfast Agreement context.  ‘AGENDA for Peace’; ‘Pathway to Peace’ game and ‘I haven’t been affected by the troubles but…’ booklet are some of the resources used in this workshop.

REGISTRATION FORM MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO KEVIN BRASSELL.

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Advanced Training Workshop in Work with Young Men

FACILITATOR: Dr. Ken Harland

DATE: 30th January 2020

VENUE: An Creagan Centre, Creggan, Omagh

TIME: 10:00-3:00

AUDIENCE: Suitable for more experienced practitioners who have already engaged in similar training to consider the lives of young men.

TWO PLACES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR EACH PARTNERSHIP

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Professionally qualified youth workers
  • Those with more than 3 years youth work experience
  • Those who have had previous training in work with young men.

This workshop invites more experienced practitioners who may have already engaged in similar training to consider the lives of young men in a nuanced way, how experiences and outcomes are differentiated by a range of bio-psycho-social factors and how this might inform practice with boys and young men.  This session will draw upon research into the lives of young men and how youth work practice can take a more considered responsive approach.  This session will be anchored to the realities of practitioners themselves and provide a safe environment for them to reflect on these issues in a creative, experiential and engaging way.  Practitioners will have the opportunity to critically reflect on their own practice and their approach to working with young men.

REGISTRATION FORM MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO KEVIN BRASSELL.

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Motivational Interviewing

FACILITATOR: Glenn Hinds

DATE: 7th February 2020

VENUE: An Creagan Centre, Creggan, Omagh

TIME: 10:00-3:00

AUDIENCE: Suitable for those who have extensive experience in working with young people.

TWO PLACES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR EACH PARTNERSHIP

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Professionally qualified youth workers
  • Those in a 1-to-1 support worker role
  • Those with more than 3 years youth work experience.

‘Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change.  It is intended to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a change goal….’ (Rollnick, S, Miller, W., 2010)

This one- day workshop for 25 staff, will outline the psychology, spirit, processes and opening strategies of Motivational Interviewing.  A training manual will be provided, which includes details of the motivational assessment tool.

REGISTRATION FORM MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO KEVIN BRASSELL.

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Young People as Social Activists

FACILITATOR: Chris O’Donoghue

DATE: 20th February 2020

VENUE: Derry/Londonderry, Venue TBD

TIME: 10:00-3:00

AUDIENCE: The session is aimed at practitioners who wish to explore issues of social justice and activism with a view to using their enhanced understanding in their work with young people.

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Those in a project worker role
  • Those in a group worker role
  • Those delivering citizenship elements of Peace4Youth programmes
  • Those with programme design responsibility.

Citizenship is a core outcome area for the Peace4Youth programme.  Chris will enagage participants in discussion and activities aimed at: Bridging knowledge: looking at peoples understanding of the key terminology used – social justice – activism – solidarity. These words can provoke strong feelings and can often be a barrier for youth workers to involve the young people they work with in activities that could be classed as political. Personal experience:  Reflection on times participants were engaged in an issue or concern and their experience of this: was it positive or negative? did the desired change become a reality? what are the risks involved?  A model that works:  input on the Freirean theory of problem solving. From tokenism to activism: Sharing practical steps for youth workers to help bring the young people they work with from a one off “project” mindset to a more integrated approach of lifelong activism.

REGISTRATION FORM MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO KEVIN BRASSELL.

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Young People as Social Activists

FACILITATOR: Deborah Erwin

DATE: 6th March 2020

VENUE: Belfast, Venue TBD

TIME: 10:00-3:00

AUDIENCE: This session is suitable to those committed to building the capacity of young people to shape and change their own society.

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Those in a project worker role
  • Those in a group worker role
  • Those delivering citizenship elements of Peace4Youth programmes
  • Those with programme design responsibility.

Citizenship is a core outcome area for the Peace4Youth programme.  In this session Debs Erwin will draw on ideas that she has written about in ‘Civic Participation and The Common Good’.  Through interactive groupwork tasks and discussion, participants will explore themes including young people’s engagement in social change movements, the voice of young people in our society, agency, citizenship, conscious-ness raising and taking action.

REGISTRATION FORM MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED AND RETURNED TO KEVIN BRASSELL.

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Hunger for Peace Games

FACILITATOR: Dr. Martin Mc Mullan

DATE: April 2020

VENUE: TBD

TIME: 10.00-3.30

AUDIENCE: One team of 4-6 workers from each Peace4Youth partnership

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Those in a project worker role
  • Those in a group worker role
  • Those delivering community relations elements of Peace4Youth programmes
  • Those with programme design responsibility.

This is an interactive session for workers interested in a new methodology for working with young people on issues of community relations.  The Hunger for Peace Games is a team-building/competitive role play reflecting the Hunger Games series. Teams from each project/‘district’ take part in a series of challenge tasks, from the Love/Hate boxing ring to the Path to Peace challenge, gaining points for their ‘district’ throughout.  The purpose of the Hunger for Peace Games is to provide workers with the ideas and tools to help young people to reflect on the impact of the conflict on attitudes and behaviours. For this workshop, each team will participate with a view to using this methodology with young people in their own partnership project.