Friends for Life Session at Warley Town School

As part of National Safeguarding Week Project _Twelve:31  visited  Warley Town Primary School with partners from PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation )and West Yorkshire Police to deliver a session around child sexual exploitation (CSE) and online safety.

Headteacher Anne Stead said she was looking for something a bit different and the ‘Friend for Life’ session seemed like a fun and interactive way to bring together parents, children and teachers to talk about this challenging subject.

A Friend for Life is someone you trust like a parent or teacher and discussions took place between the children and adults around who is a safe or unsafe person and the dangers of revealing too much information on social media.

CSE perpetrators can come from all backgrounds and ages or genders, even older young people, and children can be sexually exploited by an individual or by a group of people connected through formal networks or more informal friendship groups and families.

Children may find it hard to judge strangers they meet in person, and it’s even harder when children use social media as people may not be who they say they are.  Parents should try to keep up-to-date with the apps their kids are using and what it is that these apps do and they should monitor Internet usage to ensure their interactions are only with real-life friends.

Bullying doesn’t just happen in the playground. Cyberbullying involves digital technology like mobile phones and computers and it can be more difficult to stop than physical bullying because it’s hidden. Social media can be a hub for cyberbullying and questionable activities. Without meaning to, kids can share more online than they should and families talked together about the dangers of cyberbullying and how to stay safe online by not sharing locations, and being careful about what they do post online as usually it can’t be taken back once it’s posted.

Maggie said “ I found that the  interactive approach was great for the children to understand and the content was pitched correctly for the young audience which quickly got the children on board with the very good informative session “

Shaun said “ The subject matter was difficult to deliver to such a young audience, however it was done well and I would encourage others to attend similar sessions with their children“

For more information about the session, please contact karen@ovenden-initiative.org.uk

For support around CSE or online safety, please visit https://paceuk.info/for-parents/

Project_Twelve:31 Learn More About LGBTQ+

Well before the Happy Valley Pride Festival in Hebden Bridge – July 22-28 2019, Project_Twelve:31 had a fantastic session at Illingworth Methodist Church on Thursday 6 June learning more about LGBTQ+.

If you are girl aged between 12 and 18 years of age and you live in the North Halifax area and are looking for something different and exciting to do in 2019 then join Project_Twelve:31 on Thursday evenings. Call 0300 555 0266 and ask for Karen or email Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk to find out more.

 

Happy Valley Pride all started in response to a piece of homophobic graffiti in the Hebden Bridge Town Centre during 2016, now it’s a annual festival bringing people together. It was a stark reminder that there’s still work to be done – a casual phrase, that has been knocking around school playgrounds for decades, it was none-the-less shocking, simply because it is still in use in a seemingly, tolerant and open-minded community.

The mission statement outlining the fundamental purpose of the organisation reads

“To celebrate LGBTQ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. Promoting equality and diversity to eradicate discrimination, based on sexual orientation and gender identity, through education and engagement.”

Moving Forward with Project_Twelve:31 at Trinity Academy

Project_Twelve:31 had a session on building confidence and self-esteem at Trinity Academy looking at how others perceive and judge us.

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The group were kind enough to help at the heartfelt very emotional & funny ‘Last Memory’ play by Alan Stockdill at Moorside Community Primary School, raising awareness for dementia.

On 14 May the group had a talk concerning Pushing Back Our Rights with Ward Officer Chris Newton and PCSO Shepard West Yorkshire Police.

They also have had a brilliant night of old fashioned fun & games earlier in May and they would like to thank Busoasis  for coming to talk. Project_Twelve :31 have been lucky enough to be involved in some of the amazing work of Hope for Justice charity fighting against modern slavery. On 14 May they had an amazing session exploring the Freedom Project with Project Hope.

Back in April they even got to rock at the Trinity Academy!

Skate It Yourself at Threeways

There are now more skateboarding lessons for young people at Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden HX3 5SX as the class for ages 14 – 19 years are now on every Saturday, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Message on Facebook or go to www.skateityourself.com to book.

Come and have a go at Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP.jpgDue to last years success Mixenden Activity Centre is offering 2 Stand up Paddle Boarding sessions in June.

  • Under 18s on Sunday 9 June 2019 from 1pm – 3.30pm
  • Adults on Sunday 16 June 2019, 1pm – 3.30pm 

At Mixenden Activity Centre, Clough Lane, HX2 8SH

Only 8 places available on each session. The cost is £25 per person. Personal equipment hire is available including wetsuit, bouyancy and and helmet.

To book please conatct 01422 245006 or email mac.activities@calderdale.gov.uk

Skate It Yourself at Threeways

Social Media Saturday.pngStarting on Saturday 20 April 2019, skateboarding lessons for young people aged 14 – 19 years.

From 2pm to 4pm

At Threeways Centre, Ovenden.

£5 for 2 hours.

Message on Facebook or go to www.skateityourself.com to book.

Take Part in a Survey on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Children Young People


Calderdale Youth Council and the Tough Times Reference Group have devised a survey on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing to gather information about the experience of mental health and emotional wellbeing for children and young people aged 5 – 19 (up to 25 for those with learning difficulties or disability) in Calderdale.

The information we gather will be shared with Commissioners and Service Providers so we can influence services to make positive changes that will help children and young people in Calderdale.

We need as many children and young people in Calderdale to complete this survey as possible and therefore are asking for your help. Please can you share this link or QR code with children and young people and help them to complete this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CalderdaleCYPMentalHealthSurvey

The survey will close at 5:00pm on Friday 15 February.