‘Shaken’ resource to equip Connor youth

Tuesday October 15th 2019

Connor Youth Council has launched Shaken, a unique resource for young people, written in partnership with The Big House as part of the AFFIRM project.

The resource guides young people to consider how they can respond to difficulties they face in life from a Christian perspective.

While providing practical advice, Shaken is founded in Biblical truths and demonstrates how faith is integral in discussions with young people around coping with difficulty.

Christina Baillie, Diocesan Youth Officer, said: “It has been a joy to write the resource with the Big House staff team, drawing on their specialist expertise.

“We have also developed a leaders’ guide to support leaders in our parishes, to use this with groups of young people. The resource is set up for every young person to have their own copy, to try out a variety of healthy coping mechanisms.”

The resource has sections on the value of talking to others, listening, and spotting feelings. It then provides 20 different healthy coping mechanisms for young people to try together or in their youth group. Within the resource, it encourages young people to review each coping mechanisms knowing that each young person is unique and will have their own ways of coping well.

There are free copies for every parish in Connor and these can be obtained by contacting Christina on christinabaillie@connordiocese.org.

The Shaken leaders’ guide is available free online HERE.

The AFFIRM project and the Shaken resource have been funded by Church of Ireland Priorities Fund.

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