General Youth Work Resources

Here you will find a selection of general youth work resources. These have been created and shared by various youth work organisations, and will support you in addressing a wide range of topics, from healthy hearts to drugs and alcohol.



100 Ways to Energise Groups

Ideas for energisers and icebreakers by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance: download the document.

40 Icebreakers

Ideas for energisers and icebreakers by G. Knox: download the document.


Evaluation & Consultation Tools

Youth Scotland’s Evaluation Toolkit

A Mini-Evaluation pack for Youth Groups and Organisations: download the document.

Re:Action Consultation Toolkit

A practical guide about how to consult with children and young people on policy related issues: download the document.

Consultations for Youth Work or Group Work

Consulting young people effectively, by T.Brown: download the document.


Mental & Physical Health

That’s Mental

This great toolkit is designed by young people at Article 12, for young people UK-wide. Session plans and activities included:  check the website.

Rethink Mental Illness

A great resource pack designed by Rethink for young people to evaluate their own mental health: check the website.

Time to Change – Train the Trainers

This training pack has detailed lesson plans for training youth workers (or yourself?) on working with young people on mental health issues. On page 5 there is an email address for requesting the additional materials needed for this programme: download the document.

Ramp Up The Red – Healthy Hearts

A school resource by the British Heart Foundation to promote healthy hearts in children & young people. Well put-together and relevant: download the document.


Internet Safety & Cyber Bullying

Here’s a Picture of my Junk

10 excellent resources on internet safety and sexting have been compiled by Fast Forward in this blog. Not to be missed: check our blog page.


Gender, Sex, Relationships

Sex, Relationships & You

A fantastic booklet by Bish UK designed to be read by young people aged 14+. Covers everything from healthy relationships to contraception and pornography: download the document.

Planet Porn

Another gem from the people at Bish UK, this toolkit is for practitioners working with young people on issues around pornography and sexualisation. Available for £10.50: check the website.

He’s the Stud & She’s the Slut

Important reading for anyone concerned about the views young people have around pornography, by Zero Tolerance: download the document.

Making Rights a Reality

An Amnesty Interational education pack to be used with young people, focusing on gender rights and violence against women: download the document.

Coming Out Guides – LGBT

A fantastic resource for young people who are considering coming out, or are most of the way there: check the website.


Smoking & Tobacco

Tobacco-Free Generation: Youth Work Essentials

The new one-stop shop for information, activities, policies and guides on smoking and tobacco in youth work. Hosted on the Youth Scotland website, this page should satisfy all of your tobacco youth work needs: check the website.

Film Project: Cut Films

This one-page pdf is a session in itself, giving young people/students the option to work with you further to create a short film on smoking: download the document.

More Cut Films

Again by Cut Films, these great resources will help you to get young people thinking and talking about tobacco in a critical way. Film-making optional, but lessons are just as valuable without: check the website.


Looking for more resources?

To explore Peer Education resources, click here.

To explore Fast Forward educational materials, click here.

Check out our Gambling Education Toolkit here.