The changes and outcomes that take place for the young people during the Talkshops are around their mind-sets and attitudes. Communication is at the core of the work and it is during this time that brain development, reasoning, negotiation skills, and an enhancement of wellbeing develops. Actually talking about themselves can help them to talk easier and genuinely teach them how to structure conversations, learning when to pause, speak and respectfully debate with another individual or within a group.
The depth and flow of the discussion, often hardcore work, can lead into many areas and strands of their lives which which they may struggle to share in normal circumstances. Control of these emotions can be challenging for young people, so most tend to hide them or release them in the wrong ways, we give them the option to express their emotions, in a controlled way. Another key aspect is that their regular staff/tutor/mentor will be exposed to this knowledge of an individuals issues, giving them priceless insight into what may be going on in their life, allowing for a more tailored approach when working with this individual in the future.
The changes that occur or realisations that evolve as a result of young people talking and communicating openly with one another will directly improve their decisions, i.e. making young people have a richer outlook on their future may motivate them into wanting to train/educate, get a job or become a volunteer. Allowing these young people the freedom to understand and evaluate their moral values, and assess how they are living. Reducing crime is a big part of our work, these discussions such as knife crime & culture are relevant and used to target young people that may have different experiences of knife crime, yet will be brought together by the discussion. By educating these groups on the consequences of their often impulsive activities, they will begin to feel how their behaviour effects innocent people and their community.
Community lives and environments will have reduced unemployment, less reports of violent crimes, a more positive vision of young people today and young people themselves will feel more motivated and enthusiastic about leading lives that contribute to their communities, so that people have an improved way to live together without the threats and fears of feeling unsafe in their homes and communities. We are driving behavioural change through challenging current thinking. Giving young people the safety to believe they have options, decisions and more importantly, control of their lives and future.