Revealed Projects: A sneak peek behind the scenes
For the past few months on the blog, we’ve had a look at self-esteem, identity, body image and mental health: all key topics that the young people using our services want to explore. This month, we thought we’d mix things up, and give you a bit of a behind the scenes look at Revealed Projects.
As you might know, we run large group and small group workshops on a range of topics relating to self-esteem and healthy relationships. These workshops are fun and interactive, with a particular emphasis on encouraging young people to engage with the topic themselves, so it’s not all front led teaching, there’s a lot of participation from the young people too. We provide these services across North Somerset and parts of Somerset in schools and other youth settings, such as youth groups, and we are excited to say our bookings are filling up fast.
So – how exactly does all this come together? I’ve asked Adele Sutton, Project Manager at Revealed Projects, a little about what she does:
So, Adele. What does your average day at Revealed Projects look like?
I’m not sure there is an average day at Revealed Projects to be honest, every day is so varied, which is one of the things I love most about my job. My days can include planning workshops and creating resources, processing bookings, promoting our services on the website and social media, attending training, attending events with other teaching staff and outside agencies, delivering presentations about the work we do in various settings, applying for funding, and of course delivering workshops to young people across a range of settings. Every day is different.
How exactly does a workshop come together?
The first step is that I meet with the agency, this might be teaching staff in a school or youth leaders of a youth group, and discuss the needs of their young people, the topics to cover, and any additional information I may need when preparing the workshop(s).
The next step is to put together the session plan for each workshop. At Revealed Projects we are proud members of ACET UK’s Esteem network and utilise a lot of their session plans and resources. I then adapt the session plan to meet the needs of the group I’m going to be working with. I create a folder for each workshop with the session plan and any paperwork, organise any resources, and then pack up my trusty trolley with the resources and I’m ready to go!
What’s your favourite part of working at Revealed Projects?
That’s an easy one. My favourite part is getting to work face to face with so many amazing young people. I particularly love seeing the young people’s journeys, which I really get to do in the small groups. It’s a real pleasure to see young people realising their self-worth and growing in self-esteem, that really is the best part of my job.
And – here’s the juicy question – what’s the hardest part?
I think one of the steepest learning curves for me has been writing funding bids and the fundraising side of the project, as this is an area I hadn’t had much experience in previously. Thankfully, I have an amazing team around me who all bring their own gifts and talents to the table and whom I learn so much from. We also have wonderful volunteer fundraisers who work tirelessly to raise funds and support the project to enable us to continue delivering our services. I feel very privileged to be part of such a great team.
What’s your favourite topic to talk about with young people?
I genuinely love all the topics we cover, but for me the foundation to all of them is self-esteem. I believe having a healthy self-esteem underpins so much of the rest of our lives; the decisions we make, the relationships we form…it’s so important. Like I said earlier, it’s such a privilege to be part of young people’s journey of discovering their own self-worth and growing in self-esteem. I’ve had the honour of working with young people who in our first workshop couldn’t make eye contact or didn’t feel confident to speak, but by the final workshop were actively contributing to the group, smiling, and making friends with the other group members. I really love that I get to do this for a living!
As you can tell, Revealed Projects is run by people who truly do care – we want to see our young people thrive in the challenging world that they live in. It is our privilege to work with schools and youth groups in this community every single day, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to do it – but it does require funding to run.
Part of the work of Revealed Projects involves raising funds to continue to provide our services for young people across this community. As a non-profit project, we rely on fundraising and individual giving. A good deal of our funding already comes through the generous giving of individuals, who donate to our work on a one-off or ongoing basis. If you would like to donate to the work of Revealed Projects, you can donate online here. We also apply for large funding grants, such as the Aviva Community Fund, which we are applying for again this year. If you would like to vote for us, to help get us through to the next stage of the Aviva Community Fund process click here and follow the instructions on screen. It only takes a few moments to register and vote for us online, and it would make a huge difference to us. Every vote counts! As part of the Aviva Community Fund we have also set up a Crowdfunder page, if you would like to donate towards our target, click here.
Thank you so much to everyone that supports the work we do at Revealed Projects, whether that be sharing our website on social media, voting for us in the Aviva Community Fund, donating, or passing on a recommendation to use our services – it really means the world to us.