This takes place on the last Friday of each month of February to mark the end of LGBT History Month. Their annual fundraising day is an integral part to keeping their youth work services running across Scotland, including Dundee.
Here at The Corner, we stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and fully support our colleagues at LGBT Youth Scotland to help make Scotland the best place for LGBTI young people to grow up. During our staff training day on Wednesday 24 March 2021, we took part in LGBT Youth Scotland’s Pass The Torch Relay challenge where our Health Outreach Worker, Caroline reminded us all about the importance of Purple Friday and LGBT History Month.
Our most recent display in our window dedicated to Dundee’s Young Carers was created by Megan Hunter.
Megan is a paediatric nursing student who was on placement with us early 2020 and we loved working with her! During her time with us, Megan completed the ‘Everyone Cares’ and the ‘Young Carers in Schools’ courses on Carers of Dundee’s Website.
Megan said: “I took it upon myself to re-design The Corner’s Young Carers Window after realising just how important it is for these young people to feel supported and to know they have rights. I hope Carers of Dundee and the young carers like my window.”
If you are a student and starting a placement is something you would like to speak to us about, please contact us. 💻
At The Corner, we have seen an increasing amount of young people accessing our services due to mental and emotional health concerns since lockdown began last March. We were inspired to create The Corner Wellbeing boxes after Youth Enquiry Service Dumfries launched a similar project.
A local family made a generous donation to our service following the tragic death of their son and we felt these wellbeing boxes would be an ideal way to honour his memory while helping other young people who may find themselves in a time of darkness.
After a consultation with local young people, we were able to create the box and source items it should contain. Furthermore, we received funding from Hillcrest Covid-19 fund which has meant we that we have been able to create more boxes; reaching more young people who have seen their mental health decline over the last year. Dundee Carers Partnership have also kindly provided funding so that every young carer living in Dundee will also receive a box, meaning even more people will benefit.
The boxes contain items such as a stress ball, fidget toy, notebook and pen, affirmation cards, bubbles, lip balm, mindfulness colouring book, pencils and various leaflets to promote positive mental health and self-care. The items can be used when young people are feeling upset, anxious, thinking of self-harming or experiencing thoughts of suicide. These items should help ground each young person, making them feel more relaxed and reduce signs of panic. We understand that young people are increasingly worried about their future and some are facing many stresses during lockdown. We hope these boxes will shine a light in their of darkness.
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