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Volunteering

Why volunteer People choose to volunteer for many different reasons. For some it offers the chance to give back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it’s too provide chances to develop new skills or build on existing experiences and knowledge. Below are a few reasons why people volunteer Make a difference to the lives of othersHelp others less fortunate or without a voiceFeel valued and part of a teamBoost confidence and self-esteemGaining new skills, knowledge and experience
Regardless of the motivation people who volunteer find it challenging and rewarding.
Why I volunteer I have been a volunteer for Canvey yellow door for almost two years. I volunteer as it allows me to build on my confidence and self-esteem which has grown since I started. It allows me to use my experiences to help others and make them feel good about themselves.  The staff and volunteers at yellow door are so friendly and helpful which makes you feel part of a team. I have gai…
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Self Harm

What is self-harm Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with difficult feelings, bad memories or stressful situations and experiences. People have different ways of expressing self-harm such as; Express something that is difficult to put into wordsChange emotional pain into physical painReduce very strong feelings or thoughtsPunish yourself for your feeling and experiences
After you have self-harmed you may feel a short term of release. The cause of the distress has unlikely not gone away and it may have come back worse. Once you become dependent on self-harm it may take a long time to stop. Types of self-harm There are many ways people can intentionally harm themselves, such as: cutting or burning their skinpunching or hitting themselvespoisoning themselves with tablets or toxic chemicalsmisusing alcohol or drugsdeliberately starving themselves (anorexia nervosa) or binge eating (bulimia nervosa)excessively exercising
Why do people self-harm? Self-harm is very com…

Firework Safety

Bonfire night or Guy Fawkes Night (5th November) is the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes tried and failed to blow up the houses of parliament in the gunpowder plot. The anniversary of this failed plot is marked with bonfires and fireworks displays in public places, paid for events and those in peoples back garden. Fireworks have also become common for Halloween, Diwali, New Year and the Chinese New Year. Fireworks parties can be fun if safety rules are followed. Remember that fireworks are actually types of explosives and can cause severe injuries if they are not handled safely. Safety on fireworks Never play with fireworks - Fireworks can be so exciting and fun but they can also be extremely dangerous and potentially fatal if handled in the wrong way.Keep a bucket of water and a hose by the bonfire in case of emergencies.Used fireworks and sparklers can be placed into the bucket for safety.Only buy fireworks marked with the BS7114 kite mark. Never put fireworks or sparklers in your pocke…

What is a C-card?

A c-card (condom card) is for people aged 13-25. It is a small card so it will fit discreetly into your wallet/purse or pocket. The card allows you to pick up free condoms. You can get them from Yellow Door (Canvey Isalnd Youth Project) or any collection point that displays  the c-card logo. A pack usually includes 12 condoms and a lube of your choice.
How does it work?Before you get a c-card you must have an assessment with a worker. This takes about half an hour and they go into detail about how and where to use it. Within the assessment they will chat to you about sex, relationships and if you happy about the decision. You will need to give your date of birth and part of your post code (this information will never be used to contact you.)
Once you have been assessed you will be given the c-card and a selection of condoms. You will need to tick on the c-card which type of condoms you would like and then hand it over to a member of staff at any collection point. You do not have to give…

Getting A Grip on your Finances

Many money worries can be overcome just by getting to grips with your finances. Knowing what you have coming in and what is going out will help you to understand where all your money is going. Remember knowledge is power! Get organised and take your time Set aside at least an hour before you begin planning a budget. Doing it in a rush is likely to mean you forget something or make mistakes. It's a good idea to gather together all the paperwork you’ll need before getting started, so get together everything you have that  relates to your income and outgoing, the list below will be a guide: ·a few months’ worth of bank statements ·your recent credit card/store card bills ·copies of your household bills ·Details of overdrafts or loan ·Details of any borrowing from friends/relations etc ·details of your savings ·information on any regular incomes you may have such as payslips, benefit information Add up your income Next, you need to calculate your income. Make a list of your regular earnings…

How to write a CV

A CV is the first opportunity to tell an employer what you can do. Your CV is an important part for when you are job searching. 
Before starting to write your CV sit down and make lists of any job or work experience you have had, any skills or achievements you may have which might help in the job role and any hobbies you like to do in your spare time. This will help you out when writing your CV.  What is a CV A CV (curriculum vitae) lets you to summarise your education, skills and experience, selling yourself to employers.  When writing your CV only include main facts as employers want to read only relevant information.   What to include Contact details - include your full name, home address, mobile number and email address. You do not have to include your date of birth. 
Profile – this is placed at the beginning of your CV. It is a paragraph that highlights your key reasons for applying for the job. Pick out a few relevant skills that match the job you are applying for.
Education – list and…

Looking after your Mental Health

Eating well Having a healthy diet is important when you want to look after yourself not just physically but mentally. Your brain needs a mixture of nutrients to stay healthy and function well. Everyone should have three meals a day with two healthy snacks in between. Try to cut down on sugary foods and drinks. A healthy diet should contain a mixture of these Lots of different types of fruit and vegetablesWholegrain cereals or breadsNuts and seedsDairy productsOily fishPlenty of waterExercise To keep your mental health in good a healthy condition you should try and fit in at least thirty minutes of moderate exercise three times per week. This does sound like a lot but the key is moderate. Try activities such as walking places instead of getting public transport as well as cycling and swimming. Exercise helps with your self-esteem. It can also help make you concentrate, get better sleep and look and feel better. Having some quiet time There are many ways which are easier and feel good at …