A World of Difference youth work resources
A new suite of resources has been launched for youth workers and volunteers to better support young people with visible differences and disfigurements across Scotland.
After research revealed that one in six children living with a visible difference say they are too self-conscious about the way they look to join new groups, YouthLink Scotland worked in partnership with Changing Faces, the charity for anyone with a scar, mark or condition that makes them look different, to co-develop a new set of training materials.
The resources give step-by-step support to anyone who wants to run a workshop with their youth group on challenging stereotypes and thinking differently about appearance and body image. They are designed to support the delivery of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum in Scotland and the development of young people’s mental, emotional, and social wellbeing.
There’s also a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training module that’s suitable for youth workers and volunteers. The training film features two youth workers and a group of young people from Greenock.
Beth Doherty who took part in the film, said: “As a youth worker with a visible difference, I was so pleased to be part of the project. When I was younger, it would have helped me enormously if more adults had felt equipped to talk about looking different.
"Together with young people we can create more inclusive environments. You don’t need to have someone with a visible difference or disfigurement in your group, it’s about helping young people to challenge stereotypes and normalising visible differences.”