White Ribbon Day on 25 November is a national day to raise awareness, educate and advocate for cultural changes in society to create a future where women and girls are free from the fear of violence and abuse. It also marks the start of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, ending on 10 December.
Both campaigns encourage everyone to challenge harmful attitudes and behaviours that contribute to violence. This year's White Ribbon campaign theme, #ChangeTheStory, urges people to take action early to prevent violence and abuse.
We have developed a range of youth work programmes to help young people stay safe, which are delivered in our projects across the county. These empower young people to recognise and develop healthy relationships, understand allyship, and challenge harmful gender norms and inequalities. Our programmes include:
- Positive Alternatives
Interactive workshop sessions led by our qualified Youth Workers, focusing on identity, stereotypes, gender, violence, criminal activity and encouraging positive choices.
- Reach Out
A programme for young people at risk of exploitation or showing early signs of dangerous risk-taking behaviour. It aims to support positive life changes, covering areas such as attitudes and beliefs, mental health and resilience, positive relationships and boundaries, healthy sexual relationships, and lifestyle choices, as well as addressing risks and choices, communication, safety, and planning for the future.
- Healthy Relationships
This programme raises awareness of exploitation, giving young people the knowledge to make informed, safe choices and have healthy relationships. Young people can take part in single-sex or mixed-gender groupwork sessions to explore their own relationships, receive peer support, and learn about other local services.
- Positive Pathways
For young people involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in crime and antisocial behaviour, our Youth Workers work with them to develop action plans and provide extra support to overcome personal challenges.
Information, advice and support on a wide range of subjects, including health, relationships, and personal safety is also available at our young people's centres. Our Advisers and Youth Workers can address any concerns about gender-based violence and support young people to get further support if needed.