Young People

Pause, for thought – support for young women aged 11-19 years

Pause, for thought has come a long way over the last few years from originally being an 8-week programme for young women aged 16-19 years, developed alongside young women and partner agencies; to be the Pause, for thought programme that it is today.

Pause, for thought has been running successfully since January 2016. We support a number of young women from a variety of backgrounds and needs, such as, young women experiencing social isolation, mental illness, criminality, domestic and sexual abuse, substance misuse and those who have been through the care system, however, this list is not exhaustive.

Due to the number of women that fell below our threshold and demand for services for from young people, we now work with young women aged 11-19 years (up to 21 years old with additional needs), with the addition of working in partnership with parents/carers and other supporting agencies.

Pause, for thought is a personal development programme, building on the young women’s self-esteem and confidence. Support can be offered on a 1:1 basis at a time that suits the young women or via group work; the Pause for thought group runs each Thursday afternoon from 4:00-6:30pm.

Below is a table of the sessions we run on a roll-in-roll-out basis, it is not compulsory that our young women attend every session, they can drop in and out of the project to suit their needs, we understand that young people often have a lot going on in their lives and wish to support them to the best of our ability.

Part A

 

Part B
Week 1 Who am I? Week 1 Motivation and inspiration
Week 2 Womanhood Week 2 Friendships
Week 3 Love and Belonging Week 3 Relationships
Week 4 Self Esteem Week 4 Sex and Consent
Week 5 Drugs and Alcohol Week 5 Peer Pressure
Week 6 Emotions Week 6 CSE and Grooming
Week 7 Anxiety and Stress Week 7 Periods
Week 8 Attitudes Week 8 Embracing Differences
Week 9 Resilience Week 9 Inspirational Women
Week 10 Confidence Building Week 10 LGBT
Week 11 Self-Care Week 11 Eating Habits
Week 12 Reflection Week 12 My Journey

 

These sessions are developed and continually adapted alongside the young women who have attended.

Referral process

  • Complete a Pause, for thought referral form including full details of any safeguarding concerns or potential risk factors. We will then get in touch with the young person and arrange to meet with them.
  • We do accept walk-in referrals during our drop-in session every Thursday from 4.00pm – 4.30pm, however, if you are making a professional referral we still require a referral form.
  • We are able to work with young people under 16 if we have consent from parents or caregivers. We will request a consent form to be completed after their first visit to the Centre. We cannot work with them without a consent form.
  • We accept referrals for women aged 20 – 21 if they have additional needs or they feel better suited to our young person’s project rather than our adult’s Personal Development course, Beautiful Women.

REFERRAL FORM 

 

What are the aims and objectives of Pause for Thought?

  • To build confidence and self-worth in a safe environment through activities, discussions and feedback from others.
  • To begin the process of self-acceptance within a non-judgemental space, allowing young women to explore and develop their individual identity.
  • To connect with other young women who have similar experiences as a process to recovery, sharing their stories as part of the group process.
  • To challenge inherent prejudice, assumptions and discrimination and allow young women to think differently about themselves and each other.
  • To understand what constitutes sexual consent and the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
  • To understand the influence society has on our relationship with our bodies and begin to safely explore what impact this has on our self-esteem and confidence.
  • To recognise how our eating habits and our drug and alcohol use has on our lives, including on our mental wellbeing.

Additional Information
Peer Mentoring: we have a pathway to volunteering for the young women who complete the course and wish to support others. They are interviewed, trained and then return to the group a Peer Mentor.

Contact Details
Women’s Community Matters, Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LG
Phone: 01229 311102
E-mail: Tamzin@womenscommunitymatters.org or youngpeople@womenscommunitymatters.org

 

 

Time, for Thought- support for young men aged 11- 19 years old

Time, for thought is a 24-week rolling programme which consists of part A and part B for young men aged 11-19. The sessions will be delivered in a group setting with the additional offer of 1-1 support. Young men will be able to join at any week and can continue to attend for as long as they wish.

Time, for thought takes place on a Tuesday evening with the first part of the evening being a ‘drop in’ style, then the second part a more structured ‘session based’ style. The topics discussed have been developed alongside a focus group.

Time, for thought is a personal development programme and below is some of the topics we cover in our sessions. These sessions are reviewed and changed prior feedback from the boys. The sessions are centred around the needs of the young men attending.

Some of our discussion topics include:

  • Staying Safe Online
  • Masculinity
  • Sex and Consent
  • My Future
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Managing Finances
  • Bullying
  • Cooking
  • Racism
  • Emotions

Referral process

  • Complete a Time, for thought referral form including full details of any safeguarding concerns or potential risk factors. We will then get in touch with the young person and arrange to meet with them.
  • We do accept walk-in referrals during our drop-in session every Tuesday from 4.00pm – 4.30pm, however, if you are making a professional referral we still require a referral form.
  • We are able to work with young people under 16 if we have consent from parents or caregivers. We will request a consent form to be completed after their first visit to the Centre. We cannot work with them without a consent form.

REFERRAL FORM

 

Our aims for these sessions are;

  • For the young men to develop more of an understanding about these topics
  • To build self-confidence through different activities
  • To connect young men together in a different, enjoyable, and safe environment
  • To recognise the pressures young men get put under and how to deal with them.
  • To challenge inherent prejudice, assumptions and discrimination and allow young women to think differently about themselves and each other.
  • To share and celebrate everyone’s different stories and opinions.

Our programme is continuing to grow and if you know or want to referrer a young boy to our programmes then please fill in a referral form, we take referrals from 11-19 years old.

Additional Information
Peer Mentoring: we have a pathway to volunteering for the young men who complete the course and wish to support others. They are interviewed, trained and then return to the group a Peer Mentor.

Contact Details
Women’s Community Matters, Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LG
Phone: 01229 311102
E-mail: Jake@womenscommunitymatters.org or youngpeople@womenscommunitymatters.org

 

 

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