Scottish Peer Education Network (SPEN) - youth work resources activities toolkits

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Youth Work Resources

Here you will find general youth work resources, from healthy hearts to drugs and alcohol. To explore Peer Education resources, click here.


100 Ways to Energise Groups .PDF

40 Icebreakers .PDF


Evaluation & Consultation Tools

Youth Scotland's Evaluation Toolkit .PDF

Save the Children's Consultation Toolkit .PDF

Consultations for Youth Work or Group Work - Tony Brown .PDF


Mental & Physical Health

That's Mental

This great toolkit is designed by young people at Article 12, for young people UK-wide. Session plans and activities included. Link to Article 12's website

Rethink Mental Illness

A great resource pack designed by Rethink for young people to evaluate their own mental health. Link to Rethink's website

Time to Change - Train the Trainers

This training pack has detailed lesson plans for training youth workers (or yourself?) on working with young people on mental health issues. On page 5 there is an email address for requesting the additional materials needed for this programme. PDF

Ramp Up The Red - Healthy Hearts

A school resource by the British Heart Foundation to promote healthy hearts in children & young people. Well put-together and relevant. PDF


Internet Safety & Cyber Bullying

Here's a Picture of my Junk

10 excellent resources on internet safety and sexting have been compiled by Fast Forward in this blog. Not to be missed. Link to Fast Forward's blog page


Gender, Sex, Relationships

Sex, Relationships & You

A fantastic booklet by Bish UK designed to be read by young people aged 14+. Covers everything from healthy relationships to contraception and pornography. PDF

Planet Porn

Another gem from the people at Bish UK, this toolkit is for practitioners working with young people on issues around pornography and sexualisation. Available for £10.50. Link to Bish UK website

He's the Stud & She's the Slut

Important reading for anyone concerned about the views young people have around pornography, by Zero Tolerance. PDF

Making Rights a Reality

An Amnesty Interational education pack to be used with young people, focusing on gender rights and violence against women. PDF

Coming Out Guides - LGBT

A fantastic resource for young people who are considering coming out, or are most of the way there. Link to LGBT Youth Scotland website


Smoking & Tobacco

Tobacco-Free Generation: Youth Work Essentials

The new one-stop shop for information, activities, policies and guides on smoking and tobacco in youth work. Hosted on the Youth Scotland website, this page should satisfy all of your tobacco youth work needs. Link

Film Project: Cut Films

This one-page pdf is a session in itself, giving young people/students the option to work with you further to create a short film on smoking. PDF

More Cut Films

Again by Cut Films, these great resources will help you to get young people thinking and talking about tobacco in a critical way. Film-making optional, but lessons are just as valuable without. Link to Cut Films website