Understanding needs and targeting support

06th July 2018

Chris Major and SASH Support Worker Tiffany Wilkey at our Scarborough office.

Here at SASH we are always looking for ways we can improve our support for the young people we are helping.

A key area that has been identified is that for the young men we support, the need for positive male role models in their lives is fundamental to their social and emotional wellbeing.

With this in mind our team in Scarborough has been working with Community Intervention Worker for NYCC, Chris Major, who has a wealth of knowledge in this area.

Together they created a tailored plan for our young people, which was delivered through a series of two-hour worskhops over six weeks covering issues such as drugs & alcohol, harm reduction, healthy relationships, sexuality and body changes. The programme proved to be a very effective way of ensuring that our lodgers in Scarborough received correct, useful and positive information on often embarrassing or tricky subject matters.

Many of those we support have never had these discussions with a trusted male adult who can openly speak to them about how they feel and what they know. All those who attended the workshops gained more insight and better understanding into these topics and were able to challenge their pre-conceptions of what a ‘man’ should be, and they all reported that they would consider similar discussions in the future.

The programme has proved so successful that we are planning a further series of workshops, as well as an equivalent for the young women we support.