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Building closer links to better help young people 2 April 2013

Closer Links logoA TRAINING day will help those working on the front line with young people to make links with other agencies and open up more opportunities for young people to access positive activities.

That’s the hope of the Department of Education and Children’s Youth Service, which is inviting teachers, youth workers, Guide and Scout leaders, sports coaches and other professionals who come into contact with young people to take part in the training event on Saturday 20th April.

Closer Links will be held at the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education’s Nunnery campus on between 9.30am and 3pm and is free to attend.

Ken Callister, Principal Youth Officer, said:

‘We know that 72% of young people aged 11 to 19 are involved in positive activities and we know from research that young people who are engaged in activities outside school do better when it comes to exams and getting jobs. These activities and the people who provide them are not only helping young people achieve but also sometimes steering them in the direction of extra help and support or encouraging them to try something new. The adults in our community that are investing time and energy in helping young people are building us a stronger and more inclusive community.
‘With some peer support and more knowledge and awareness of all the opportunities and services, between us we can make the Isle of Man an even better place for young people to grow up.’

In addition to the opportunity to learn about the range of activities provided for young people, a number of agencies and charities that offer young people help and advice over alcohol, drugs, health and wellbeing, relationships and other issues will be present to outline their services. Those working with young people often feel more confident about signposting to specialist services when they know the individuals involved.

‘To ensure young people have access to a wide range of activities and the best help and advice available to them, it helps to ensure those working closely with them know what the different agencies offer and who the contacts are and we aim to increase this knowledge and strengthen these contacts through this event,’ Ken said.

If you wish to take part, ring the Youth Service on 686057 or email youthservice@doe.sch.im

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