Conference Q&A with Raina Sheaf, The Zone, Leeds

24 March 2017

Implementation of learning from the Reshet Healthy Relationships conference

1. Who came to the conference from The Zone?

Raina Sheaf, CEO, The Zone

Niki Rao – Youth Service Support Officer

Lauren Archibald – Senior Youth Worker

2. In which ways did you feel it was important you all came to the conference? – The best way to learn and develop is to participate. If we could have taken more people we would have. Only by taking part can we truly get a feel and an understanding of what is going on outside of our Zone bubble. We must continue to look externally to improve internally. Having more than one person attending also makes post conference conversations much more meaningful.

3. Which session did you find the most inspirational? 1) Luke Levine; Supporting Young Trans People in a Youth Organisation Setting. 2) Jeni Weiner; Assisting Young People In Having Healthy Relationships In The Age of Internet Pornography 3) Susie Fraser; Tips For Those Working With Young People and we all enjoyed Natasha Devon’s intro.

4. Who did you network with? What ideas/concepts did you learn from other colleagues? With Streetwise, Redbridge and Luke Levine. We learnt that our Youth Support Service is developing in the right direction.

5. In which ways are you implementing what you learnt at the conference into The Zone? We have bought Natasha’s books and tweaking some areas of our Youth Support Service. We are in touch with Luke and will be arranging for him to come and speak in Leeds. We are in touch with Streetwise to look at implementing some sessions and we hope to host some of the Youth Workers from Redbridge at The Zone in order to create a network and learn from each other.

6.  Why is it important that we talk about healthy relationships with young people? We need to listen and learn from young people so we can mentor and lead them in the best possible way. It’s good for people to start talking about healthy relationships, mental health and wellbeing at a young age so these subjects don’t become uncomfortable for them later on, and so they always know who they can talk to. Not every young person is fortunate enough to have family members they can talk to, so they need to build other safe relationships with trusted adults. Only by talking can we create these communications with our youth.