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Podcasting Workshops

Podcasting is not just a medium for entertainment;
it's a powerful tool for education, empowerment, and community building.

Podcasting workshops tailored for young people under the age of 16 offer an exciting and educational journey into the world of digital storytelling. These workshops provide a creative platform for participants to explore their voices and share their unique perspectives. Through hands-on activities, young podcasters learn the basics of storytelling, scriptwriting, and audio editing in a fun and engaging environment.

The workshops cover fundamental podcasting skills, including microphone techniques, voice modulation, and sound editing. Participants also gain insights into the art of interviewing, allowing them to conduct conversations and share compelling narratives. Emphasis is placed on digital citizenship, promoting responsible and ethical podcasting practices.

In addition to technical skills, these workshops foster critical thinking as young podcasters explore diverse topics and learn to express their thoughts and opinions effectively. Collaborative activities encourage teamwork and communication, enhancing both creativity and interpersonal skills.

The final highlight of these workshops is the creation of participants’ own podcast episodes. This hands-on experience allows young podcasters to showcase their newfound skills and share their unique stories with a wider audience.

Ultimately, these podcasting workshops for young people under 16 serve as a dynamic platform for self-expression, skill development, and community building, empowering the next generation of storytellers and content creators.

A podcast workshop is a dynamic and interactive session that equips participants with the skills and knowledge needed to create their own podcasts. The workshop typically covers various aspects of podcasting, including:

Introduction to Podcasting: Young People are introduced to the concept of podcasting, its history, and its impact in the digital landscape.

Understanding Podcast Formats: Our workshops often explore different podcast formats, such as interviews, storytelling, panel discussions, and more. Young People learn about the unique characteristics of each format and choose the one that aligns with their goals.

Audio Recording Techniques: Practical sessions may involve learning how to use recording equipment, including microphones and audio editing software. Young People explore proper recording techniques, voice modulation, and background noise reduction.

Editing and Post-Production: The workshop covers the basics of audio editing, including cutting, splicing, and enhancing audio quality. Young People gain hands-on experience with editing software to refine their recorded content.

Podcast Branding and Promotion: Workshops often touch on the importance of branding and promoting a podcast. This includes creating eye-catching cover art, writing compelling descriptions, and understanding strategies for reaching a wider audience.

Legal and Ethical Considerations: Young People learn about copyright issues, permissions, and ethical considerations related to podcasting. This section may also cover topics such as obtaining music licenses and respecting privacy.

Distribution Platforms: The workshop introduces various podcast hosting platforms and guides participants through the process of uploading and distributing their episodes. This includes understanding RSS feeds and maximizing reach through popular podcast directories.

Practical Recording Sessions: Depending on the workshop’s format, Young People may engage in practical recording sessions, allowing them to apply the skills they’ve learned and receive real-time feedback from the facilitator and peers.

Q&A and Feedback: The workshop typically concludes with a Q&A session, providing Young People with the opportunity to seek clarification on any aspects of podcasting.

By the end of a podcast workshop, Young People should feel confident in their ability to plan, record, edit, and promote their own podcast episodes, equipped with practical skills and a deeper understanding of the podcasting landscape.

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“Breaking the Chains: Empowering Against County Lines and Gang Influence”

Objective: Our workshop aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the signs, risks, and impacts associated with county lines operations and gang activities. We believe that knowledge is a powerful tool, and by empowering individuals with the right information, we can collectively work towards building a safer and more resilient community.

Key Workshop Highlights:

Insightful Presentations: Engaging presentations led by experienced facilitators will provide an in-depth look into the dynamics of county lines and the strategies employed by gangs.

Interactive Discussions: Participants will have the opportunity to engage in open and honest discussions, sharing their perspectives and experiences, fostering a sense of community awareness.

Real-Life Case Studies: The workshop will include real-life case studies to illustrate the complexities of county lines operations, and criminal exploitation vulnerability allowing participants to grasp the challenges faced by individuals and families in our community.

Prevention and Intervention Strategies: Practical strategies for recognising early signs of gang involvement and effective community-based intervention approaches will be discussed.

Community Building: The workshop will encourage young people to actively contribute to the creation of a safe and supportive environment, promoting resilience and solidarity.

This workshop is not just about raising awareness; it’s about equipping our young people with the knowledge and tools needed to take proactive steps in preventing and addressing the influence of county lines and gangs.

We believe that by investing in education and awareness, we empower individuals to protect themselves and their loved ones, fostering a community that is resilient in the face of adversity.

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Social Media Awareness

Workshops centered on social media provide a crucial space for individuals to navigate the digital landscape responsibly. Tailored for various age groups, these sessions delve into the dynamics of online communication, digital citizenship, and the impact of social media on mental health. The workshops also address cyberbullying, emphasing the importance of empathy and digital resilience. By fostering a thoughtful and informed approach to social media, these workshops empower individuals to harness the positive aspects of online platforms while navigating potential challenges with confidence and awareness.

Additionally, these workshops explore the ever-evolving trends and features of popular social media platforms, equipping participants with practical skills for managing their online presence effectively. The sessions highlight the significance of privacy settings, digital footprints, and the responsible sharing of personal information. Participants learn to distinguish between credible and misleading online content, promoting critical thinking and media literacy.

Moreover, the workshops delve into the role of social media in shaping societal narratives, fostering discussions about the influence of digital media on perceptions and attitudes. Interactive activities and real-life case studies further engage participants, encouraging them to apply their newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios.

In essence, these workshops extend beyond merely understanding the functionalities of social media; they cultivate a holistic and proactive approach to digital citizenship. By providing practical tools, fostering critical thinking, and promoting responsible online behavior, these sessions empower individuals to navigate the digital world confidently, ensuring a positive and enriching online experience for all.

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Transition to secondary school – preparing for the change​

The ‘Primary – Need to Know’ resilience training for Transition Stage pupils (Years 6), aged 10 – 11 years is delivered to children by skilled experts with over 20 years’ experience within Statutory (Policing and Local Authority) and Non Statutory Setting. 

The work shops are an interactive classroom-based session.  It helps to build children’s resilience to saying “no” to gangs, violence and associated vulnerability.  The interactive session develops their thinking skills to better understand the risks they may well experience and to guide and support them towards making the right positive choices. 

Primary school is the starting point for most educational journeys. It can be for some the place where many social skills are formed and values and beliefs outside of the home are created.

For many parents, it will also be the first time that they have experienced a level of independence in their child, with the responsibility of handling home work and similar school based projects. For many it is also a time when there are significant changes that arise in their child on a day to day basis. This could be friendship groups, behaviour or emotional intelligence. Having worked as a primary school mentor for eight years, my concern was always the transition period for most of the mentees that I had the pleasure to know. I have always maintained that transition to secondary actually starts in year five, when most of the pupils are already experiencing fear or worrying about the change in environment. Many are fearful of the increase in workload and the increased responsibility to manage their time better etc. Secondary school can also be a concern for parents, many of them are unconsciously worried about the well being of their child or children when this environment changes. Parents play a massive part in preparation for transition to secondary.

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VAWG Workshops

Crafting workshops that address Violence Against Women and Girls necessitates a nuanced and age-appropriate approach, a task we handle with utmost sensitivity and care.

Our workshops are meticulously designed to foster understanding, empathy, and awareness in a safe and engaging environment for young people. Through tailored activities like storytelling and interactive discussions, we aim to convey the importance of respect, kindness, consent, and addressing inappropriate behavior. The content is thoughtfully curated to instill foundational values, providing a platform for young minds to comprehend the gravity of this traumatic topic and encouraging them to recognise harmful behaviors, thereby keeping each other safe.

Central to our approach is creating a safe space for young people to express their thoughts and feelings. By promoting open communication, we instill the belief that their voices matter, empowering them to speak up against any form of violence.

The content of our workshops goes beyond awareness; it’s designed to cultivate the foundations of healthy relationships. Empowering young individuals with knowledge and skills, our aim is to equip them to build positive connections with others, contributing to the creation of environments that are free from violence and coercion. Your support allows us to expand the reach of these vital workshops, making a lasting impact on the lives of young people and fostering a culture of respect and empathy.

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Trauma Informed Workshops

Trauma informed workshops are educational programs or training sessions that are designed to help individuals better understand and respond to trauma. These workshops aim to provide information and tools to individuals, organisations, and communities that can help them recognise and respond to trauma in a more compassionate and supportive way.

Trauma-informed workshops typically cover a range of topics related to trauma, including the effects of trauma on the brain and body, the various types of trauma, and the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for individuals who have experienced trauma. The workshops may also provide practical strategies for responding to trauma, such as mindfulness exercises, grounding techniques, and self-care practices.

The primary goal of trauma-informed workshops is to help individuals and organisations better understand the impact of trauma and create an environment that promotes healing and recovery. By providing education and resources, trauma-informed workshops can help to reduce the stigma and isolation associated with trauma and provide individuals with the support they need to heal and move forward.

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Crippled Karma – Victims of Serious Youth Violence have a voice too

This short film by Paul Mckenzie asks the question. What happens to the victims of violence? Far too often there are victims of senseless violence that feel that they have no voice. This follows the journey of a group of individuals that through destiny are reunited for all the wrong reasons. With the level of serious violence on our streets and in our houses, this short film is an insight into what a victim may feel like, and more strikingly what a victim would consider to be justice.

The film was made as a tool to teach young people and adults that we must take a different perspective when we consider how victims of violence are affected longterm.

he cast members included Abdi Omar a young man who was born with cerebral palsy. The opportunity helped him to overcome the stereotype that people with disabilities cannot take part in acting.

Three of the other cast members are autistic and they were also able to contribute fully towards the making of this short film called Karma.