Just a snippet of one of our workshops

Professional Development

Often schools and colleges choose to run a workshop session for teachers or coincide CPD with after school film clubs. FOAM runs tailored lesson planning for teachers in ideas development, storyboarding, and camera and editing skills.

RANGE OF WORKSHOPS

Our team have over the years delivered media focused workshops in schools, colleges and pupil referral units. We also run more specific intervention workshops aimed at young people at risk. These workshops are powerful and help to engage hard to reach cohorts.

We specialise in alternative provisions for pupil referral units

Our workshops are an excellent springboard for students to develop their skills for future training, education and employment. We work with AP to create ‘live briefs’ that simulate the world of work and tie in with the curriculum. This works well to enhance and support pupils that may find mainstream education challenging

Pop Up Venue

We can deliver workshops not only in a school room environment, we can come to your premises with our inflatable interactive FOAM DOME Which always creates a stir of excitement from the young people when they see it erected in the sports grounds Plus a chance to get interaction away from the classroom environment

the workshops we deliver

Our social media workshops focus on the harm associated with sharing ,receiving and posting online. There has been a massive increasing in online abuse and bullying.

Social media has become the only way that many young people communicate, and this can highlight a variety of challenges when spending so much time online.

Bullying and abuse are a real concern now in schools and colleges. There are more and more incidents involving hate that are taking place online and during school and college times.

Our workshop looks at how social media affects others and how to protect yourself whilst online.

We developed resources that enable participants to learn more about the hidden dangers of this type of media.

Workshop:

  • What is social media and it’s intended use.
  • How data from online activity stored and used.
  • Online presence
  • How to protect yourself online.
  • Safeguarding and social media
  • What to do if you are being bullied or abused online.
  • How to be a responsible social media user.

FOAM has developed a number of film and confidence building workshops to suit the needs of children and young adults with learning challenges.

We strongly believe that when you focus on ability and adapt learning to it, participants get a much better learning experience.

Recently we have been working with young people that have severe physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy.

Some of our participants have developed their skills around editing and film making and have gone onto run and manage their own YouTube channels.

One young man called Abdi went on to recently feature in a short film that focused on reducing serious youth violence, we have included a testimonial from Abdi.

Our SEN workshops in schools and colleges has given students alternative challenges. Many of these challenges have been overcome.

We also work with groups that have different needs, not as severe. These groups are run during school times and as part of local community projects.

We run a fully mobile studio that allows us to set up and teach in almost location. This proves helpful for organisations such as pupil referral units and schools with limited space.

Workshop:

  • Setting up a small studio
  • Understanding basic lighting equipment
  • Working with cameras
  • Recording and using audio
  • Interview skills
  • Working with green screen / Chroma
  • Basic editing and production

Our focus on bullying workshop highlights the short and long term affects of bullying. These workshops are school or college based and explore what bullying is, how it affects us all and how to deal with bullying.

Bullying is on the increase and many people are affected in some way, many more than others. With the increase in gangs and online grooming, bullying has become the new norm with many young people.

In our workshop we explore the emotional damage bullying can cause. We do this in a fully interactive environment that involves the entire class or group.

Workshop :

  • The different types of bullying
  • How to spot the signs of bullying
  • What’s makes a bully, bully?
  • The harmful side of bullying
  • Avoiding bullying
  • Video testimonies

Worried or need advice about how leave a gang? or concerned that pupils or students maybe involved in gang activity?

Many young people feel pressured to be a part of a gang and as a result join because they are in fear of reprisal

Some gangs are non violent and in fact are fundamentally a group of friends that give their friendship group a name. There is no doubting the differences between this type of association and the association of a group that are actively pursuing crime and violence that is clear and obvious through activities.

Initiation into a gang can be the easiest decision to make, it’s the decision to leave that becomes extremely complicated.

Our youth intervention workshops are driving effective solutions to organised gang violence and criminality.

There is an overwhelming desire and need to understand gang culture and the challenges associated with being in a gang.

There is also the other side of how to leave a gang once you no longer want to be a part of it.

Many young people feel pressured to be a part of a gang and as a result join because they are in fear of reprisal

Some gangs are non violent and in fact are fundamentally a group of friends that give their friendship group a name. There is no doubting the differences between this type of association and the association of a group that are actively pursuing crime and violence that is clear and obvious through activities.

Initiation into a gang can be the easiest decision to make, it’s the decision to leave that becomes extremely complicated.

Our talks and workshop helps students understand the consequences of being in a gang that is active. Active being the definition of behaving in a manner that is considered to be criminally motivated.

  • Workshops and talks
  • Understanding what a gang is.
  • Defining gang related activity
  • How popular culture affects us.
  • The law and Serious youth violence
  • Drugs and the Law
  • Joint Enterprise and association
  • The impact of youth violence
  • Worried or need advice about how leave a gang

A powerful series of talks aimed at parents, Teachers and and children. Changes will often only occur when we are all on the same page.

By having a whole school approach to topics such as grooming and understanding empowering relationships a general understanding of the rise in Bullying and Grooming is achieved.

Parent and teacher talks are an hour long and look at the specific signs of Bullying and Grooming and key skills to help them develop a more acute way of identifying the needs of the children that attend the school.

Children are then given a one hour workshop that is tailor made to help them understand the importance of being Groom Safe.

Workshop

  • What is grooming?
  • How grooming affects us all
  • How a groomer operates
  • Exploring positive relationships
  • Online grooming
  • The legal consequences of grooming
  • The impact of grooming
  • Help and advice

Paul McKenzie has worked with young people for over 25 years.Many of the young people that he has have worked with have gone onto become the best versions of the themselves. They are working, parenting, and giving back to their communities. This was his dream his vision on what he calls beautiful.

Featured below are just THREE of the amazing short films written and produced by Paul, all produced with no funding or massive crews, just a passion and an amazing team of young people!! We also made history with the film SICK as it was the FIRST short screen play ever to be screened at the National Gallery.

We at Youth Unity feel that Young people have more flexible values, these values & beliefs are not as fixed in the earlier years but may become rigid with age. Changes in values and beliefs take place at different times in our lives. During the primary & Secondary stages. One challenging the norm largely influences values and beliefs.

In this case the Norm may be the values expected at home or in school.A pupil may find it acceptable to fight at school because that is the value and belief acceptable at home with other siblings etc. and its only when challenged correctly that it then becomes possible to change their belief/value to the expected norm

We have a dedicated website covering the impact and signs of grooming.  www.groomsafe.org

All our workshops are adapted to meet the requirements of the audience, and we specialise in working with special needs and people with disabilities.

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