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SHARP PHASE TWO RIGHT 2 RESPECT YOUNG WOMENS PROJECT WREXHAM

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					                                        SHARP

                                    PHASE TWO

              RIGHT 2 RESPECT YOUNG WOMEN’S PROJECT

                          WREXHAM YOUTH SERVICE


                           FOURTH 6 MONTH REPORT
                             JANUARY- JULY 2004

1. SUMMARY OF PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE FOURTH SIX-
   MONTH PERIOD OF THE PROJECT

Over the last six months ‘Right 2 Respect’ has been focused on ensuring that the
projects that have been started as a direct result of the project are at a place where
they can become fully sustainable after the R2R project is completed.

Skittles

Skittles is a project that R2R was involved in creating and developing. It was
designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual young people within
Wrexham County. The project has been successfully supporting young men and
women through group work and one on one work and also offer a weekly drop in
session accessible to all that promotes safe sex and positive self identities amongst the
target group. They are also hoping to expand to offer training to youth workers and
other interested people and develop awareness raising activities for all young people
to take part in. The project has been supported by Wrexham Youth Service in the
short term and has now set up as an independent voluntary organisation and is
awaiting funding from a range of agencies including Comic Relief.

Sirens – Winner of a Youth Work in Wales Excellence Award 2003

Siren’s is a project that has been developed as a partnership between R2R and
Response – Wrexham Youth Service’s Substance Misuse project.
The project has initially focused on drink spiking and aimed to raise informed
awareness amongst young women within Wrexham County. Sirens also supported a
Wrexham Council initiative to promote safe drinking within the town centre by
providing a team of informed detached workers who provided quick and to the point
information to young women in the town centre and providing them with a young
person focused information pack. This was very successful and the organisers of the
main event were impressed with the Sirens approach and aim to emulate it in future.

Sirens is now being embedded into the Response substance misuse team where it will
develop further and aims to tackle other substance misuse issues of particular concern
to young women including binge drinking, using substances for dieting and so on.
Response have secured funding via the Kathleen Davies Trust for a full time worker
who will have approximately half her time dedicated to the delivery and continued
development of Sirens.

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The Journalism Project

The Journalism project was created as a direct response to the articulated needs of
young women involved in R2R. They were interested in ways of encouraging more
young women to be involved in I.T in a form that interested them. The journalism
project idea was created based on the idea of creating a young women’s magazine
designed by and for young women within Wrexham. The project has developed
gradually and has secured three years funding from the Kathleen Davies trust, which
employs a part time young women’s journalism worker. In order to secure the
projects sustainability the project is being linked in with the Wrexham Digi lab. This
is a highly resourced information technology centre funded by the WAG Canllaw
project. It is aimed at supporting young people to access information technology and
media.

By linking the Journalism project into the Digi Lab we will be able to access high
quality resources and gain added value in the form of support from the Digi lab
worker.

BUBBLE

Bubble is a project that was designed in partnership with young women from the
action research groups which explores issues around parenting, nurturing, female
identity and responsibility. The young women were central to developing a positive
programme which does not aim to frighten young women from having babies but
offer them an opportunity to openly and honestly explore their feelings about
parenting and motherhood. It also enables them to have a sample experience of what
it is like to be a parent.

The project has been very successful and been delivered as part of school
programmes, youth centre activities and as part of residentials. The project will be
sustainable, as the resources will be moved to the Youth Work in Education team
where they will be used within their programme of work with young women and
young men within schools across the county. The Youth Work in Education team
have a dual role. They provide specialised work with young people within schools
who are struggling with main stream education for a variety of reasons or who need
additional support to achieve. This could take the form of one on one work or group
work.

Secondly the team also have a role in supporting positive work with young people
within school and offer extra curricular activities and lunch time events accessible to
all pupils within the school. We therefore believe this will be a good base for the
Bubble project to ensure that it is sustainable and to ensure that the project is available
to an appropriate number of young people. Youth centres and other project will also
be able to access the resources and deliver the project effectively. R2R is providing
full training to the Youth Work in Education team and other workers keen to deliver
the programme to ensure that the delivery of the project maintains its high standard.




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2. PROGRESS TO DATE AGAINST THE TIMETABLE / MILESTONE SET
   OUT IN YOUR PHASE TWO SHARP PROJECT PROPOSAL (
   INCLUDING ANY ISSUES WHICH MAY HAVE PREVENTED
   PROGRESS OR REQUIRED AMENDMENTS TO THE WORK PLAN)

3. BRIEF COMMENT ON CONTINUING CONTRIBUTION OF THE
   PROJECT TO THE OVERALL AIMS OF THE SHARP INITIATIVE

   PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Partnership working has continued to be important to the ‘Right 2 Respect’ project.
Possibly partnership working has become even more of a priority in this stage as it
will be through our partnerships that the spirit and ethos of ‘Right 2 Respect’ will
continue to grow and flourish in the future. As the project is making a big effort to
ensure all its work is embedded

   SUPPORTING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

All the projects that have been developed as part of R2R are aimed at supporting
community development and community involvement. The Skittles project is a good
example of this as it has developed from a Youth Service ran project to now being run
by an elected committee and having volunteers from the community leading this
committee.

Community development has always been the aim of the actual young women’s
groups as well. The young women who have been the driving force behind R2R have
a range of skills including photography, interviewing and

However more importantly the young women have had a awareness raising and
empowering experience just by participating in the R2R project and this was the most
powerful learning experience for them. They now are more aware of their rights as
young women and more confident in challenging poor treatment of decisions that
affect them.

   EFFECTIVE/ INEFFECTIVE PRACTICE

Effective:-

Effective practice has been the letting go of projects and allowing them to have a
discreet life away from R2R. This has been quite difficult for the work team
emotionally, as we have had to hand over control of work to other people. Even
though we believe the projects will continue to development and thrive it is still
difficult to let go of something that you have invested time and energy into. However
if we had not done this we would have



Ineffective practice:-

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   TRAINING ISSUES


4. PROGRESS WITH WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT

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