The HUB – Funded by BBC Children in Need
The HUB was initially developed as a component of NoLimitz and focuses on building emotional resilience. BANG is using the partnerships already established with local schools to facilitate group referrals of young people identified as being at risk of offending and presenting challenging behaviour. Two of our project workers deliver 8 x 1.5 hour workshops which aims to guide children through a comic book of eight superheroes who each have a power (skill) in the key evidence-based areas of emotional and social wellbeing; self-esteem, confidence, communication, empathy, identifying feelings, emotion regulation, problem-solving and managing conflict and stress. The project workers use arts, media, drama, games and stories to teach the child the same skills/power as the superhero.
Project workers also work with parents to build their capacity to support their children outside workshops and beyond the project by teaching them skills to use fun tools that will be used between and after sessions. Where necessary parents are supported to access services to address more complex needs e.g. CAHMS/ed, pysch/health etc.
Young people will feel a stronger sense of self-esteem and identity and understanding of positive relationships. They will learn skills that will improve confidence, communication and social interaction. They will be connected to positive activities that will divert them away from gang culture. Activities will ultimately steer young people away from the pathways to exclusions, gang involvement, anti-social behaviour and youth offending. Young people’s relationships with parents, carers and siblings will also improve.
Parents will be able to use strategies to improve their children’s behaviour at home.