In February 2019, we launched a series of workshops named Talking Transitions, aimed at professionals working in the field of Youth Leaving Care. This offering is aimed at assisting Alternative Care Organisations in becoming spaces that hold a strong awareness that young people in care need to be prepared for the huge transition they face when leaving care at age 18. Our Talking Transitions is a series of workshops that we hope will continue to bring together staff from different organisations. So far 2019 has been off to a good start.  We have collectively explored themes such as “How can we make young people active participants in their development?”, “Why is it important to let go of the steering wheel, and help young people learn by doing?” and “How can we create age-appropriate opportunities for young people to discover their strengths and build their skills in an experiential way?” In our last session in October, we took a closer look at the teenage brain to help us understand our young people a little better. This included watching a YouTube clip called “The teenage brain explained”. Feel free to have a look! We are so excited for what this series will bring in 2020. We hope to be creating a space where people who face the same challenges, experience the same joys and have to overcome the same obstacles in their field, can get together with like-minded people. We know from our work with young people that supportive relationships are key to healthy development – and that counts for adults too! For those of you who have joined us on the journey so far, we hope you have felt supported and encouraged in the work that you do. We look forward to seeing more of you in the next year! If you are curious, watch this space or send us an e-mail and we can add you the database for the next invite. See you in the circle!
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