Wellbeing in Youth Work – A project by Inês Vasquez – Communion in Youth Work (ESC Jobs)

wellbeing, or wellness is the condition of an individual or group. A high level of wellbeing means that in some sense the individual’s or group’s condition is positive.

Wear and tear, stress, emotional crises, panic attacks, anxiety and other definitions are often linked to the word Work and, of course, social work is no exception. Within this world, in particular with the work with young people, the influx of challenges and tasks to be carried out, make this type of work one of the most demanding at the emotional and mental level. As the Youth Worker, per se, has to be a flexible and responsible person to accompany the different dimensions that involve a project with young people – to name some activities it goes from administrative tasks, public relations, interpersonal relations mediator, financial manager, logistics, conflict mediator, and emotional / intercultural / educational facilitator … In this sense, the list is often longer when the work is done to involve young people who are in situations of social vulnerability – with few opportunities or with disadvanged backgrounds.

This detail have to be deepened because within the guidelines of European programs such as ERASMUS + and ESC – European Solidarity Corps, it aims to promote equality and inclusion for young participants with fewer opportunities, so this group requires more attention and sponsored with the best professional practices of the youth workers. Wellbeing  refers to diverse and interconnected dimensions of physical, mental, and social wellness that extend beyond the traditional definition of health. It includes choices and activities aimed at achieving physical vitality, mental alacrity, social satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, and personal fulfillment.

so…

How to not compromise the wellbeing of the people involved in Youth Work – both participants and staff – and maintain the same level of quality required at European level?

To answer this question and many others, at ACTOR, ESC job, Inês Vasquez (26 years old, portuguese), started a project with different dimensions.

A questionnaire was launched, shared by several groups linked to the Erasmus + and ESC program on Facebook, on these issues: Youth Work and Wellbeing. In this way, direct information is being collected from different European realities, investigating how this issue is being dealt with by organizations operating in this context.

The questionnaire can be consulted at the following link:

https://forms.gle/dNFxaHWuknVuaN9r6

From this project, is expect to develop an application for the Erasmus + program: Training Course. Several initiatives related to this theme will also be proposed, mainly using mindfullness strategies and artistic practices.

If you are interested in this initiative, please contact Inês Vasquez – and send an email with the title Wellbeing in Youth Work to: actormentorplus@gmail.com
Send a brief introduction of the entity, the reason for interest and the PIF number.

 

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