Case Example: Right Here Fermanagh

Youth workers helping young people to flourish

This project developed a unique, gender-specific approach to young people’s wellbeing which encouraged them to look ahead, set and realise their own goals, and be the best they can be.

Working with an educational psychologist, Right Here Fermanagh identified a number of key components in its approach and activities that have helped young men and women to feel better about themselves – indeed, to flourish.

These components included helping young people to: learn to be mentally well by doing things, being with people, and developing skills and attitudes which can help things work out  well; engage in activities that they enjoyed and wanted to do for their own sake, and working towards goals, freely chosen, that were challenging but achievable; take the time to notice and appreciate simple things; and connect with each other, trusted adults, and their wider communities.

Right Here Fermanagh’s approach is now firmly embedded within Youth Action Northern Ireland, the charity which led the  project, and there are plans to share the approach with other youth agencies in Northern Ireland and further afield.