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‘‘ALL ABOUT ME’ PROMOTES HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

The VRP is delighted to see that Local Solutions has launched its new workbook, All About Me, for young people about developing healthy relationships to prompt discussions in youth groups.

“With the support of the VRP, we’ve been able to design something that encourages young people to consider both negative and positive choices and their consequences on the decision-maker and those around them,” says Kerry Dowling, Domestic Abuse and Bullybusters Operational Manager, Local Solutions.

“It’s more of a conversation starter than a behavioural change tool, and asks young people to think about where the influences to make their choices and decisions have come from, and if they are helpful or unhelpful – and if so, how?”

Aimed at young people aged 11 or over, the clear, good-looking workbook can be worked through in a group or on a one-to-one basis.

All About Me – Thinking About Relationships And Who I Want To Be, has been shared with partner services, which support young people in Merseyside including secondary schools and non-education providers. [If you’d like a copy please see the email address at the end.]

 “We recognise that many children and young people find themselves engaging with our services due to the breakdown of relationships, including family breakdown, friendships, and intimate partner relationships,” says Kerry.

“Healthy relationships with friends, families and partners influence physical health, promote self-esteem and a sense of belonging and assist in the development of problem solving and social skills. Difficult relationships can impact on education and often lead to anxiety and unhappiness, so we hope this book will prompt useful discussions to get young people thinking about how they manage their own relationships.”

Given the difficulty in navigating relationships, young people often feel isolated and lack the skills to communicate their wants and needs. In addition, the ever-changing technological landscape sees young people bombarded with pictures, information, and ideas about what they should look and feel like, what is acceptable and what is not. Unfortunately, the inclination to assume it’s ‘right’ if it’s on social media is not always helpful.

“Learning how to communicate with, and listen to, family and friends is important to manage relationship difficulties. Recognising that we can choose how we treat others and in turn how we are treated is important in developing healthy relationships and we hope that our workbook empowers young people to make positive choices, underpinned by their own set of values and beliefs.”

If you would like a copy please email: kdowling@localsolutions.org.uk

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