Take 10 for Health
The Big Idea is: To contribute to reduction of Young People (YP) ‘risky behaviours’ by delivering Mobile Health Cafes into the remote communities of Somerset to isolated people aged 13-19 to help them develop positive and informed choices about their health in relation to alcohol and substance use.
January 2011 - January 2012
Somerset Rural Youth Project
Both National and local surveys stress that YP aged 11–17 take risks with their health reference alcohol and substances; amongst this group, levels of alcohol use rises rapidly, over 1 million children drink alcohol weekly; 16% of year 10’s reported being drunk at least once in the last four weeks. DCSF Tellus Somerset survey suggested that if YP were able to access support for problems and worries it could reduce their likelihood of developing substance and alcohol misuse problems.
It will deliver a programme of health focussed informal Mobile Cafes within the remote areas of Somerset; targeting those known to have alcohol and substance use among young people. We will offer information, advice and support around a wide range of emotional, physical and mental health issues. The Mobile Cafes will provide a variety of informal games and activities designed to develop the individual’s own attitudes, understanding and skills around substance and alcohol use.
Develop mobile Health Cafes across rural villages in Somerset
Activities» Deliver 20 mobile Health Cafes during 2011
» Involve local community safety initiatives in the delivery of the cafes
Success will be: Numbers of young people engaged in the health cafes and number of cafes and positive activities delivered.
Improved access to Information, Advice and Guidance around Health concerns of young people
Activities» 100 young people will receive generic information, advice and guidance on health related issues
» Of these 100, 20 will receive a programme of targeted support around substance and alcohol use
Success will be: Number of young people receiving information, advice and guidance on health related issues and number of young people receiving targeted support.
Offer a programme of positive activity as a diversion from risky behaviours
Activities» 4 workshops on peer leadership focussing on the health agenda
» 2 outdoor education activity days
» 2 Environmental volunteering days
Success will be number of cafes and positive activities delivered and numbers of young people attending.
We will use individual actions plans for those receiving targeted support to monitor and evidence change, we expect to evidence a reduction in risky behaviours. The long term change for young people that participate in the health cafes is a change in their knowledge, attitude or skills around their own health issues. This will be evidenced through personal reflections recorded by the individuals in a variety of ways, including self evaluation questionnaires, video and digital tape recorders.
There is a risk that young people could present to the cafes already under the influence of substances or alcohol. As an organisation we have clear policies and guidelines to protect both the individual and youth workers. A risk assessment of each café will be carried out and evaluated at the end of each session. We will also work closely with the local community safety initiatives and the local Police Community Support Officers.
We will submit a quarterly report detailing work delivered, highlights, lessons learnt and outcomes for the young people. We will also be able to send a newsletter twice a year showcasing good practice. In addition to this we will produce 4 case studies of individuals supported by the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £20,200Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,360 Vehicles Cost of running mobile vehicleand fuel including staff cost £3,900 Delivery 20 mobile health cafes, 4 workshops, incl o £12,940 Staffing 10 youthwork hours per week
Somerset has some of the most diverse landscapes, from the remote uplands of Exmoor to nationally designated areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Quantock, Blackdown and Mendip Hills. Somerset has a stable and successful economy, with many economic indicators performing better than the regional and national averages. Over the last decade Somerset has maintained a steady level of economic growth, low unemployment and continuous job growth. We are the 3rd most rural county in England.
Young people aged 13 – 19 years living in rurally isolated communities who do not have access to health based services locally.
We have a proven track record in working with young people around the health agenda, and within Somerset we are viewed as the specialist youth organisation best able to respond to rural young peoples needs. We are experienced in using a variety of engagement and identification methods to find ‘hard to reach’ and disadvantaged young people.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
A qualified youth worker with a good record of working with individuals to bring about positive change, and will manage the overall project.
Her background is within the drug and alcohol field, she is keen to be delivering an innovative project bringing health services to those most in need