Tough stuff (formerly called 'LOST AND FOUND')
Many young people in schools have faced loss either through the death of someone close to them or through parental separation. This 6 or 7-week course (written by Pete English from a charity called At A Loss and adapted by us) is designed to help students explore the grief process- looking at denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance while providing an opportunity to talk about the loss they have experienced with others who have had similar experiences.
The main leader on this course will have received specific training delivered by Pete English. We will work with the school to identify students who could benefit from the course, who will be interviewed to ensure they are aware of what the course will entail and are ready for the process. We can also offer an assembly on the issue of loss to introduce the course and follow up sessions if required by the group.
For many teenagers the whole area of sex and relationships can be a minefield to negotiate. They are facing difficult decisions that may impact them in much deeper ways than they can know. This fourteen-week course (or can be shortened if needed), designed by the charity Romance Academy aims to create a safe and open environment for young people to discuss how and why we make these important decisions, with a particular emphasis on valuing yourself and others. The course is based on Biblical principles, but is suitable for Christian and non-Christian teens in school year 9 or above.
I wonder when you meet students, does it strike you that they are profoundly curious about the deep parts of life? Do you often find yourself in conversations that tell you students are fascinated by spirituality? If so, this is just the course you’re after.
Developing Spiritually is a Level 2 OCN unit, a nationally recognised and locally distributed qualification and the very first of its kind. Through teaching sessions; going on a residential weekend, engaging in group work; undertaking role play; exploring moral dilemmas; seeing a sunrise; going on awe and wonder walks; and sharing stories when they have felt most connected to the transcendent, the young people are inspired to try out different techniques to achieve a calm mind.
We also offer one-to-one mentoring. This might be on the back of a course, where further support is needed or with a young person that a Step member has made a connection with through our work in school. It may be mentoring for a particular issue a young person is facing or to develop leadership (e.g. CU leaders). Some of our volunteers join existing school structures to meet regularly with students, providing that all-important listening ear.