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15January

The Importance of Language at Interview

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Interviews, Careers

The Importance of Language at Interview

You may not think it, but language is very important in interview. From the language you use in the interview, to the image you project through your body language, here we will explore why language is important for interview and give you advice on using it effectively.

10January

How to Go Sober

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction, Health

How to Go Sober

If you drink too much, then going sober can be really difficult and there may be times when it seems impossible. It is not something that happens overnight. Recovery is a gradual process and sometimes the first step is admitting you have a problem and seeking help.

If you would like to cut back on your drinking, then one way to do so is to assess the benefits and disadvantages of drinking to find out whether drinking is worth the cost.

09January

Don't Get Left Behind: Time to make Some New Year's Resolutions

Written by Matthew Webb Posted in Careers

Don't Get Left Behind: Time to make Some New Year's Resolutions

January is a time for New Year’s resolutions and changing things in our lives for the better.  It may be to exercise more, give up something that we think is not good for us or do more of something we did not get round to doing in the previous year!  Mine is to get out and run more - how about you?

January is also an important time to think about what you are doing and plan for the future.  Young people across the country are in the middle of deciding what to do with their lives and this is especially relevant for those who are in their GCSE year or older. 

17December

What is Antisocial Behaviour?

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Youth offending

What is Antisocial Behaviour?

Antisocial behaviour refers to how people behave in public. Anyone over the age of 10 can be given an ASBO under the law for behaving antisocially. Behaving antisocially includes drunken or threatening behaviour, property vandalism and graffiti, verbal abuse, harassment, noisy or rowdy behaviour and playing loud music at night.

You might think that this behaviour is harmless and you can get away with it but getting an ASBO can have serious repercussions and you are no longer able to do some of the things which you particularly enjoy.

16December

Make Christmas Real and Give your Time

Written by Norman Pierpoint Posted in General Advice

Make Christmas Real and Give your Time

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”

Dr Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 1957

 

With Billions of pounds being spent this Christmas on presents to give to someone else, this statement really does ring true. Why should we give to other people?

It’s because giving is in the spirit of Christmas.

05December

Wanting to Be Famous

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Internet, General Advice

Wanting to Be Famous

We are now hearing about the full extent of horrific sexual abuse of children committed by Ian Watkins, former front-man of Alternative Welsh rock band the Lostprophets. Watkins was admired and celebrated by his fans, many of them young underage girls, and it has emerged how he exploited his celebrity status for his own sexual gratification.

This has got me thinking about the harm celebrity worship can bring. We follow their every move on Twitter and Instagram, and we read endless stories about their love lives or look at pictures of them being papped at the supermarket looking hungover or wearing no make-up.

21November

Starting a Business at 16 or 17

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Careers

Starting a Business at 16 or 17

You may not have considered starting a business, but with National Entrepreneurship Week underway, if you see yourself as the next Alan Sugar or Richard Branson, then starting a business is something that you should consider and something you can achieve with the right passion and flair.

Whether it be babysitting, or selling second hand goods on eBay, running a small business venture can be the start of something huge or it can give you valuable experience of the business world and be a stepping stone to a positive career. 

21November

Looking after your Mental Elf at Christmas Time

Written by Matt Allman Posted in General Advice

Looking after your Mental Elf at Christmas Time

There’s no denying it that the festive season is well and truly underway. As early as August, when the sun was still shining, some shops had their stock out for Christmas and we are now bombarded daily with adverts telling us what products and brands we should buy for ourselves and other people. The John Lewis Bear and Rabbit ad is on our screens costing a massive £1 million to make - money well spent? You decide!

14November

Practising Safe Sex

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Sex and Relationships

Practising Safe Sex

Sex is fun and in a relationship of two loving adults, can increase that love. However, like most fun things it is not without its risks, and should be treated with maturity. It is important to look after the health of yourself and your sexual partner by using contraception, to avoid pregnancy and the risk of sexually transmitted disease.

Mistakes can happen and you do not know what the consequences might be when you are not thinking rationally or are too guided by your desires rather than your head. This is just a part of growing up, and life would not be possible without making a few mistakes along the way.

07November

Sacrifice or Self-Interest

Written by Norman Pierpoint Posted in General Advice

Sacrifice or Self-Interest

During Two World Wars thousands of young adults gave their lives for the benefit of others. They paid the ultimate price of their own lives to defend the freedom of their countrymen.

Their sacrifice is remembered this month in a variety of ways: memorial services, poppy wearing, times of silence, prayers, the playing of the last post and the marching of old soldiers in tribute to the fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice.

31October

Responding to Gossip

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Beat bullying

Responding to Gossip

Gossip is a part of life. It permeates through the class room, the school playground, the workplace and friendship groups.

Sometimes gossip can be harmless, like sharing banter with your mates over the latest celebrity gaffes or reading the gossip columns of the tabloid newspaper.

21October

I Just Want a Job

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Career Planning, Work, General Advice, Careers

I Just Want a Job

Some young people I meet and work with tell me they want a job, any job, anywhere, doing anything!  This is great and you need to keep up that positive attitude, but......

It is worth thinking about the future too and where a job or career may lead.  You can always find out more about careers on this website www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

15October

Dealing with Anger

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Youth offending

Dealing with Anger

Dealing with anger can be a very difficult thing. Anger is a natural emotion, and it is perfectly normal for little annoyances to get too much for us or to let people ‘wind us up’. It can also be a natural response to being attacked, insulted, deceived or frustrated.

However, excessive anger could show that you have mental health problems. If your anger leads to harm to others, or others becoming afraid of you because of your anger, then you should contact a doctor or speak to someone close to you.

07October

Two Decades and Eight: a Dream that I hate

Written by Norman Pierpoint Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction, General Advice, Youth offending

Two Decades and Eight: a Dream that I hate

Two decades and eight – a dream that I hate
Trusted in deals and promises that take
Mind is all scarred – turned inwards to hate
Standing on the edge – two decades and eight

These are the lines of a lyric I penned after meeting an ex-offender who was trying to repair his life after a journey that had taken him to hell and back. However, this journey was still continuing as he tried to break the grip that drugs were having on his life.

30September

Dyslexia

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness, Education and Learning, Disability

Dyslexia

What do Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom and Richard Branson all have in common?

They all suffer from dyslexia.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects around ten per cent of the population, some sufferers having more severe forms than others.

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