Engaging youth, relationships for health, causes of destitution

New research reports of particular interest to some segments of the voluntary sector: young people and social action programmes, Destitution in the UK, importance of relationships for health and wellbeing.

London Youth has published ‘Getting beyond the usual suspects: Social action for all young people‘. The product of discussions with a wide range of charities and other organisations working with young people, it offers some clear pointers for those wanting to engage young people who face barriers in taking advantage of social action projects and opportunities.

Children & Young People Now news item http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1150470/involve-people-design-social-action-opportunities-charities, or download the report in pdf, 1.7MB via http://londonyouth.org/getting-beyond-usual-suspects.

The Destitution in the UK programme from Joseph Rowntree Foundation focuses on those in the most extreme hardship, aiming to help explain the causes and identify ways to reduce it. It has produced an interim report, available at http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/destitution-uk-interim-report.

New from sector think-tank NPC, working with Relate, is ‘The Best Medicine? The importance of relationships for health and wellbeing‘. The report finds that good quality relationships matter for our health and wellbeing and can improve health outcomes; but long-term health conditions can also have a significant impact on our relationships. Full report or summary (link to latter, pdf 309KB, at the bottom of the page) via http://www.thinknpc.org/publications/the-best-medicine/.