People to People

People to People
Main Topic
Health – Mental
Additional Topic(s)
Empowerment and Inclusion – Diversity
Empowerment and Inclusion – Pride
Empowerment and Inclusion – Special Needs
Mobility - Ownership of Public Space
Mobility - Visibility of Youth
Solidarity - Participation
Solidarity - Social Activities
1-2 hours
Implementation Mode
Indoor F2F
● communication

● social skills

● cohesion

● empathy

● trust

Expected Results

Young people will have a room to discuss issues or problems by themselves. They can use this “safe space” to talk to peers about their personal issues and get advice from them. They can also use this room to set free emotions they cannot show with their youth workers. With the help of their youth worker they will get help and support whenever they need it. Young people will learn important skills such as empathy, communication and cohesion.
Overview of Activity
You will create a “safe space” for young people developed by young people.

Get together with your youth workers and create a “safe space” in your youth facility. This room should be used to discuss issues or problems with your peers. You will be on your own, with no comments from outside and discreet.

In this room it is important to set some ground rules. For example fairness, data protection, discretion, trust and respect.

Furthermore, you will need a registration list to ensure that this room is not double booked.

It is also important to put a supervisor in place. You will need this person if a problem is too big to solve on your own, when you need help or information as well if emotions are getting high.
Description of Activity
1. Create the room:

Talk with your youth worker about which room you can use for your “safe space”. Maybe there is an empty office or room you could use once a week.
When you find a room make sure to decorate it nicely. Is there room to sit down? Are there any chairs or other seating options? Can people look into the room? Can you decorate the room nicely? Charity shops often hand out decorations for free or a reduced price; maybe you can get things from a shop like that to make the room more attractive?

2. Choose a person who is responsible for the room. This person should check the bookings for the room. For example, use an excel-file or place a list on the door to make the bookings. This person should also make sure that the room is left in a good state so that the next person entering will find a nice and cosy room instead of chaos.

3. What is allowed?

Every topic you want to talk about will be allowed in this room. Please make sure: if there is any danger of harm against the person himself/herself or against anyone else get help immediately! If a problem seems hopeless, go and get help from your youth worker. They will know how to solve any problem. Come up with some ground rules for communication: empathy, trust, discretion, respect, allowance of emotions, esteem the other person

Sources & Additional Materials
● room that can be closed and be “booked”

● supervisor
Additional Notes

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