By Eira Culverwell Jul 3rd, 2015
RESOLVE it, a community interest company that provides training and workshops in how to stay safe, is hosting self-defence workshops for young people in the Valleys.
The workshops, taking place at Valleys Kids’ four community hubs, teach young people how to be aware of their surroundings and equip them with techniques to help them if they are in a situation where they feel vulnerable or threatened.
Through a unique urban survival toolkit, RESOLVE it uses four principles - awareness, avoidance, dialogue and action - to develop individuals’ self-confidence in dealing with dangerous situations.
Valleys Kids, who approached RESOLVE it to deliver a series of workshops on personal safety and self-defence, has a 35 year long successful track record of community development initiatives with young people, particularly those who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET and those affected by poverty, social exclusion and lack of employment skills.
Eira Culverwell Managing Director & Dave Wing Technical Director, of RESOLVE it, said: “There is a widely held misconception that self-defence is all about being able to physically beat your opponent after they attack you first. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Being physical is the last resort, ever. The goal of personal safety is not to put yourself in a situation where you may have to fight to defend yourself.
“Our bespoke learning programme has been designed to be an innovative, fun and effective means of increasing the confidence, self-belief and communicative skills of participants which can help influence people to make better life choices for the benefit of themselves and their communities.”
Sessions incorporate both theoretical and practical sessions to empower young people to recognise and understand danger and build confidence and communication skills so that they can use dialogue and conflict resolution techniques to diffuse violent situations.
Allyn Jones, youth and community worker at Valleys Kids, said: “These are workshops that I think as many young people as possible should take part in. RESOLVE it’s urban survival toolkit is a valuable resource that can and will make a difference to young people’s lives and personal safety.
“Young people face many social challenges today so it’s essential that they are equipped with the knowledge to identify risks and techniques to handle any challenging situations. RESOLVE it has great ideas and really understand how to engage with young people and discuss serious topics but in a fun and creative way.”