Youth Forum raising awareness of key issues for young people

The Cam and Dursley Youth Forum is working in partnership with local organisations to launch a high profile campaign this January to try and raise the awareness of self-harm, and the prevention of it, in young people.

The “In Need Of…” campaign is responding to an increasingly prominent issue that affects the lives of many young people.  The campaign will be launched with a special event at Rednock School in Dursley on Thursday 29th  January from 3pm-5.00pm organised by the Cam and Dursley Youth Forum, supported by Stroud District  Council, Youth & Community Services, World Jungle and The Tabernacle Church.

Lee Beldam of Cam and Dursley Youth Forum said:

  “We would like to spread the awareness of self-harm as it is a growing issue and we hope to promote the support that is available in Cam, Dursley and beyond.”

Organisers hope the event will attract lots of people, whether they have been directly affected by this issue or perhaps know of someone who has.  It is open to everyone who is interested in learning more about self-harm and the prevention of it, including young people,  parents, carers and organisations.

People are invited to come along and meet representatives from a range of organisations that specialise in both raising the awareness, and the prevention of, self-harm.  There will also be a mix of live music entertainment and a range of stalls and free activities to try, run by World Jungle, including Henna hand art, Circus skills and Samba Drumming.

Becky Cassidy of Youth and Community Services said:

  “Youth And Community Services have been supporting CDYF with the ‘In Need Of…’ campaign  from the beginning. The event’s aim is to promote the fact that self-harm is a thing that usually goes unnoticed. The point of our event is to attract as many people that know what self-harm is; whether they’ve been directly affected by it or if someone they know have.”

For more information, please contact Ben Ward from World Jungle on 07889 512644, email ben@worldjungle.org.uk    or visit  www.worldjungle.org.uk

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