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"Combating Youth Violence....Education...Inspiration....Action!"

The training activity took place
in Manchester, the UK
organised by Wild Cherry Training and Education Ltd.
27 April 2012 - 3rd May 2012
Reference person

Sue Dudill

(organiser & co-trainer)
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Aims & objectives

The project aimed at:
- Motivating and inspiring youth workers and organisations with new ideas in order to safeguard young people against violence. Stemming from best practice on a European level, it will result in a renewed vigour and determination in their work.

- Empowering the participants with tools and methodologies which they can use to develop their practical work to great effect; and to the advantage of not only the young people they support but also the wider community they serve.

- Developing a virtual network for future cooperation leading to the increase in the number of projects within the YiA Programme with a focus on those with fewer opportunites.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

We had 22 participants from Poland, Italy, France, Belgium, Turkey, Bulgaria, Austria, the Netherlands, Finland, the UK, Hungary and Estonia.
I worked in an international team of trainers - One from the UK, one from Germany and one from Finland

Training methods used & main activities

We used various non-formal education methods- energizers, role games, open space technology, forum theatre, tolerance and trust building, team building and group dynamic activities.

Outcomes of the activity

The training course gave the participants useful methods for dealing with social exclusion and violence issues among young people. It also contributed to building networks and European cooperation in the youth field. The session about the European youth programmes gave useful information to participants who can initiate new projects in the future.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was a full-time trainer in a team of four international trainers. We equally divided our tasks and roles during the training course. Among my sessions were: - "Getting to know you" activities , "Garden of hopes, fears and expectaions", Tolerance and trust Building" Session, "World Cafe session on reasons, consequences, types of violence and ways to overcome them", "Presenting European Youth Programmes" as well as the facilitation of other sessions.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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