Many young people lack good role models who value positive relationships. The Choices Aberdeen, Relationship Revolution Team provides young people with the opportunity to experience healthy, respectful and positive relationships.
As single gender groups have proven to play a vital role in the development of young people, the Relationship Revolution team have developed several of these opportunities across the city:
Girls’ & Lads’ Drop In
We provide school lunchtime drop-in clubs for S1-S3 pupils in four city secondary schools, at which pupils can find a safe place and an opportunity to relax and find support from a team of youth workers.
Time for Two
We periodically run after-school events, targeted primarily at the young people we meet in our drop-ins. These are single-gender, like the drop-ins, and designed for the young people to bring along a significant adult in their life so that they can spend some time together. We not only want to build relationships with the young people themselves, but encourage and promote the important relationships they already have, and this is one way that we can do this.
‘Gives you more self confidence.’
‘I felt embarrassed at first to answer questions but I’m not now.’
‘I felt comfortable talking about things.’
‘I’ve learnt how important it is not to push people out of your life or to know how to walk away when you deserve better.’
‘An amazing, fun experience.’
Awareness Raising Events
The team take relevant opportunities to raise awareness of important public health messages and other relevant issues. These occasions often begin a dialogue around topics, encouraging and supporting young people to discuss things further with their peers and other adults.
As part of national and international campaigns confronting domestic abuse and violence against women, we recently arranged a flash mob dance group to raise awareness of the One Billion Rising Campaign and have taken part in 16 Days of Action in November – see our video clip for more information.