Happy Pride Month!

June 2020

In celebration of PRIDE 2020 it’s important to recognise that everyone has the right to self-define their own gender and sexuality #LookBeyondTheLabel Some of the young people we work with have some brilliant recommendations for us to share with you all throughout this month.

Happy Pride month! To celebrate Pride we are going to share some LGBTQ+ recommendations!

Week 8

15th – 21st June 2020!

Like, share, comment, get involved throughout Week 8!

Some of this weeks highlights include the Peak District, exploring the many uses of lavender and recommendations on books and other useful resources related to LGBTQ+ in support of PRIDE month!

Youth work responses to the pandemic: the news from Chilypep

Chilypep were pleased to be able to write a reflective piece for the IDYW (In Defence of Youth Work) website around how we have been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Marie, one of our project coordinators, talks about how Chilypep have tried to respond rapidly to the current situation, using creativity to innovate for a ‘new normal’. Looking at the challenges of home working, the impact this can have on staff’s own wellbeing, and moreover the pressures faced by young people at this time, this article offers some reflections and insights into the impact of COVID on youth work and young people.

You can read the full article here.

About In Defence of Youth Work

The In Defence of Youth Work campaign was established following the Youth and Policy’s History conference in March 2009. The impetus came from the circulation of an Open Letter, which can be found on the website. At heart the Campaign seeks to defend and extend youth work as a distinctive educational practice founded on a voluntary relationship with young people and shaped by their agendas.

You can find out more about, and follow the IDYW movement here: https://indefenceofyouthwork.com/

Black lives matter and resources to help understand racism

Here are a list of books, podcasts and films around the topic of understanding racism.
We know that many young people will today be exercising their human right to join the many rallies across the country, standing together against systemic racism that is tragically still deeply rooted across our worlds. 
One of our workers has put together some tips on how to stay as safe as possible if you are taking part in protests and direct action today, being mindful that we are still in the midst of a pandemic that is disproportionally affecting people from black, asian and other non-white ethnic backgrounds.
Sheffield rally organisers have advised people to refrain from attending if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms, have come into contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has experience symptoms, or are part of a vulnerable group (or are living with/in contact with anyone who is).
Here are some ways you can show your support safely from home:
1) join the minute of silence to be held at 1.15pm in memory of George Floyd and all those who have lost their lives due to systemic racism
2) display a sign in your window showing support for Black Lives Matter and anti racism
3) watch the live stream of the Sheffield protest on Instagram at @shineraah
Stay safe and look out for one another #KindnessMatters #BlackLivesMatter

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Remember it’s also important to stay safe online, check out our online safety poster!

Week 7

8th -14th June 2020!

Join us throughout week 7 of our Chilypep social distancing schedule, get involved, comment, like, share!

Week 6

1st -7th June 2020!

Join us throughout week 6 of our Chilypep social distancing schedule, get involved and encourage and share with others!

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit and Young People’s lockdown routine planner

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit has been updated with more great guides and recommendations designed by young people over this period!

There is also a useful routine planner template with examples from young people we work with. This is a helpful template for young people to use and for professionals to share with young people they work with.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit


Young people’s lockdown routine planner template


Isolation Recommendations, by young people Chilypep work with…

Our landscape has changed in relation to COVID, however the young people we work with continue to inspire us and others and work alongside us to help share positive and creative self-help activities.

Young people Chilypep work with have put together a list of helpful recommendations in relation to isolation and as helpful distractions.

In light of #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we hope that sharing this can help many others but also show how kind the young people we work with are. By continuing to come together, supporting each other and sharing helpful tips and strategies is going along way to creating a kind and mental health friendly community.

The isolation recommendations will be added to our Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit but also to our first ever edition of the Chilypep Zine. (I’m sure we will have a fabulous title for this written by the creative young people we work with, so keep a look out…Coming soon).

Click on the link below to download the recommendations…