The devastating impact of controlling and unhealthy relationships is being put under the spotlight by young people in Renfrewshire.
CREATE Paisley has teamed up with Active Communities to help examine the effects of abusive and problematic connections between youngsters.
Young people across the region are being urged to take part in creating and developing public health campaigns to shed light on the issue and are invited to take part in a series of workshops starting tomorrow.
CREATE, which has worked with young people across Renfrewshire since 2009, has seen first-hand the devastating impact that abusive relationships can have on young people, both physically and emotionally.
Nicola Ferguson, youth worker at CREATE, said: “There are so many young people whose confidence and general wellbeing has been devastated by the actions of someone who professed to care for them.
“Be it a partner, family member or friend – the effects have a long-term impact on their lives and futures.”
Creative agency Jamhot, based in Glasgow, is also involved.
Nicola added: “We are delighted to be working alongside Active Communities and Jamhot to offer a creative outlet for young people to express their own feelings on these problems and to also shine a light on the issues for other young people.”
The campaign will see CREATE join forces with Active Communities who were set up in 2003 with the aim of forging a happy and healthy community environment throughout Renfrewshire by delivering programmes involving physical activities, community sports and health and wellbeing classes.
As part of the public health campaign, both CREATE and Active Communities will involve young people who want to make a difference and be a positive influence in their local area as well as being given the opportunity to receive a Community Achievement Award.
These young people will work via Zoom workshops and run their own public health campaigns, managing budgets, creating a portfolio of work and advocating for other young people.
Jamhot will work and guide the young people by supporting them to express their opinions and views to build their own portfolio for use in the future.
Those involved say that at the moment it is more important than ever that we highlight the problems facing so many young people who are involved in unhealthy relationships during lockdown, but might not be able to speak out about it.
Through the campaign, the aim is to help local young people become positive influences and support networks for those who need them.
Nicola added: “Young people are struggling in so many ways at the moment and we are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for them to express themselves and support others through this campaign.
“Being able to understand more about unhealthy relationships and coercive control is so important and we hope to support young people as they speak out and lead the conversation within their communities.”
The workshops are open to anyone aged between 12 and 21 and will begin tomorrow at 4pm, on Zoom. This campaign will be open to all levels and you can sign up at www.create.org.uk