Tag Archives: Young People

Novel Psychoactive Substances. Research chemicals. Legal Highs.????? #DASH #Youngpeople

Novel Psychoactive Substances.  Research chemicals.  Legal Highs.  None of these terms seems right to describe the growing number of compounds available which, despite being marked as room deodorisers, bath salts, plant food or whatever else, are bought on the assumption that taking the contents will bring on some kind of buzz.
Novel, or even New, Psychoactive Substances is such a clumsy and unwieldy phrase as to be almost unusable. The abbreviation NPS is hardly better. Research Chemicals at least suggests there is something unknown or undiscovered about the substance, but also hints that whatever it is might be cutting edge in some way, rather than a shot in the dark taken to stay one step ahead of the legal system.
Legal highs, as has been pointed out, suggests a degree of safety for the contents, by hinting that the chemical is somehow approved, rather than not specifically legislated against. The problem is, legal highs is the easiest of the phrases to say, and so the most likely to be used day to day.
I’d like to suggest the term N-Chems, meaning new chemicals, to refer to these substances which are more recently being taken.  It is relatively easy to say, and doesn’t imply that the substance is safe when its effects really are likely to be largely unknown.
What do you think?  Are there any better suggestions?  Ask around, and let us know…

Phil Lord No Limits DASH Recovery Worker

At No Limits our DASH service can give you information, advice, support and counselling around substance misuse and offers a variety of treatments, including harm reduction and needle exchange. You can learn more about the substance you are using, their effects and risks and learn how to keep yourself safe if using drugs or alcohol.

Our 2014 Blog review. Something to say about #vulnerable #youngpeople? Be a #guestblogger in 2015

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 830 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 14 trips to carry that many people

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What will you give this Christmas? #Christmas #giving #volunteering #vulnerable #youngpeople

With International Volunteer Day coming up on the 5th of December there is no better time to become a volunteer! Here at No Limits we have 165 volunteers who offer their time to help the children and young people to help themselves. The 15,678 hours of work that volunteers contributed last year equated to £123,072 which, for a charity, is invaluable in helping us to support vulnerable children and young people. We warmly welcome any individual who would like to offer their time to support No Limits. This could range from becoming a drop-in worker supporting young people, helping with administration, to helping to bake cakes for fundraising events. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at No Limits, please do come along to our volunteering information evening on Monday 1st December 5:30-7pm at the No Limits City Drop-in Centre. For more information contact enquiries@nolimitshelp.org.uk. With the festive season being a time of giving, we would love for you to give your time to those children and young people who are in need this Christmas. We think the sign of a civilized society is where people are willing to do something positive for others for nothing. Would you agree?

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By Jess Sulzmann

#Youngpeople face barriers #minority #culture #age #race #sexuality #religion

In the 21st Century, we live in a society that is seen to be more accepting of people’s sexuality, age, race, nationality and religion. A diverse society allows communities to thrive. Yet it is only too easy for us to forget how minority groups are still subject to suffering. Having recently read an article based on the Rotherham child exploitation scandal, I was shocked to find that many Asian victims of sexual abuse are often alienated and ostracized by their own culture, religion and even families for the fear of bringing shame to the community of which they are a part. This shame culture has meant that many young Asian girls often suffer in silence, with no one to speak to about their distress. I found myself asking why this is the case when we’re meant to be living in a time of equality free from constraints.

An individual’s language, location, cultural or religious considerations can become the significant barrier that prevents some minority groups from accessing the services and support they need. Young people need to be aware that there are free, confidential and non-judgmental services like No Limits available which can provide the help and support they need. Through working with Right 2B Safe, we offer young people who are at risk of abuse, neglect and sexual exploitation the chance to speak out about their suffering in a safe, confidential environment. If you know of someone who is suffering abuse, or you yourself are suffering, then make sure you speak out. No one should suffer in silence.

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Written by Jess Sulzmann

Running away only makes things worse: @nolimitshelp blog #Runaways #YoungPeople #Vulnerable

suicide_male_wallFor many, coming home from a long day at work to a warm, cosy house with a loving family is no luxury, it’s just the norm. However for many children and young people across the UK, the home is a cold place of abuse, neglect and harm. Every year an estimated 200,000 people go missing, half of which are children. Last year at No Limits we saw 66 young people who were runaways, 54 of which were at risk of another vulnerability. Whether they’re running away from someone or something, a missing child is made vulnerable to violent crime, gang exploitation or drug and alcohol misuse. Young people need to be made aware of the dangers of running away and how this can cause a risk to themselves and their families. No Limits works to protect children and young people who are at risk, and helps to provide free support, advice and counselling to prevent suffering. You can help to address the issue of young runaways by donating to No Limits, or by offering your time to volunteer at one of our open access drop-in centres. Don’t let a missing child go unnoticed or unreported.

No Limits: Helping young people help themselves.

By Jess Sulzmann, Intern, Marketing and Communications No Limits

Cyber bullying – A bit of banter or brutally barbaric? @nolimitshelp

30 years ago it was the simple letter, 20 years ago saw the introduction of the mobile phone and most recently we have had Facebook and Twitter. The way we communicate has changed dramatically over the past 3 decades and similarly over time it appears we have become less connected with the impact our words have on each other. The advent of technology infiltrating almost all forms of communication has meant that it is now simple for someone, 4,000 miles away to tell you how bad your hair looks today. Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, the aforementioned Facebook and Twitter as well as less known sites such as ask.com and Kik have become avenues where most cyber bullying occurs. face

Notoriously difficult to catch despite hiding in plain sight, the cyber bully has replaced your traditional ‘playground’ bully and evolved into something more sinister, preying on the vulnerable regardless of race, gender and age . ‘It’s just a bit of a laugh’ they say. ‘I didn’t mean anything by it’ they laugh. ‘Stop taking things so seriously’ they sigh. These are the common refrains from those who enjoy playing the role. They attempt to play down their vicious words and accuse those hurt by their words as being ‘soft’. Of not seeing the funny side to their comments. Of being over dramatic. Again just excuses. But it begs the question: would you say the same thing to a stranger on the street?

Technology has made it easier for people to enjoy anonymity for their actions while at the same time increasing how malicious they become when addressing other people. You only have to look at a YouTube comments page to witness this in action. What’s even more worrying is the age at which this is all starting. Children as young as 12 have been attacking each other over cyber space. All it takes is a mobile and an internet connection. This is a worrying trend that has been steady gathering steam. A recent report published by Childline, shows complaints for cyber bullying have risen by an unbelievable 87% since 2011/2012 which highlights the increasing impact and the severity that this is having on our young people. Youth victims of cyber bullying often experience low self-esteem and are more likely to self-harm as a result with a 41% spike since 2011/2012 reported by Childline. As alarming as that figure is, there is a very real likelihood that it could be even higher with some young people afraid to come forward and report such incidents for fear of even more abuse. The issue of evidence gathering can also be complicated due to the ability to alter comments if they are pasted into a word document.cyberbully

There finally seems to be a shift from the government to attempt to tackle this issues more seriously. Secretary of State for Education, Michael Grove, has called on schools to play a greater role in stopping, “the viciousness and personal cruelty” shown by these bullies. The speed at which this is done is imperative as with each passing day, more and more young people face this cruel torment. Charities such as Cybersmile , were specifically setup to combat these issues and offer services such as a helpline, counselling and community outreach programmes. At No Limits, working in conjunction with Right 2B Safe, we aim to educate young people on how to stay safe when online by offering advice on what to do if they feel threatened online as well as ways in which to report any abuse received.

As much as we would like to hark back to a simpler time, we must all accept that technology, along with all its potential pitfalls, is here to stay. What is imperative is that we educate our young people on the impact their words can have while increasing the support and care needed for those young people who need it.

The tragic story of Hannah Smith, who hung herself after excessive bullying, should be a lesson for us all. One life lost is more than enough reason to make a change.

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@Nolimitshelp Guest blog by @RowennaDavis Does working hard pay? #youngpeople #NEET

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No Limits: Helping young people help themselves.

It’s funny how one conversation with a stranger can completely change your views on things. I bet this young person doesn’t even remember talking to me. I met him doing some youth outreach work. He’d stolen some trainers and I was trying to figure out why we were seeing a spike in crime. I remember saying to him, convinced I was right:
“Why would you risk a criminal record just to get a pair of shoes? If that’s what you want, why not work hard at school and get a decent job? Then you could get a new pair every month!” He barely looked up before he gave his answer: “My brother worked really hard at school and went to uni – he’s not got a job, just a bunch of debt. So why should I?”
To be honest, I was stumped. He had a point. Although there’s no excuse for criminal behaviour, too often young people feel that looking for work in the usual way won’t get them anywhere.
The old deal that said if you work hard, you will get a decent job and live in security. Too often this doesn’t apply to this generation. Even if you’re talented and hardworking, you’re lucky to get a job on poverty pay with a zero hour’s contract.
This kind of wasted talent and lack of opportunity is one of the key reasons I’m standing for election in Southampton. We in the Labour Party believe that if you work hard and put the effort in, it will pay off and you will get a decent job. It’s one of the reasons we offer a jobs guarantee for young people who have been out of work for a year.
Of course it will take more than politicians to turn this around. If you’ve got some free time, why not think about volunteering to help the excellent work of No Limits? If you’re a business leader think about what extra work experience and apprenticeships you can offer.
Although right now I’m just a candidate, I’m trying to do my bit by offering work experience to young people interested in politics, so get in touch if you’re interested!
Together we can stop young people feeling like the young man I met, and give them faith that their hard work will pay off.

Guest Blogger Rowenna Davis  Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen

Rowenna can be contacted at rowenna@southampton-labour.org.uk

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