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1 Northern Ireland Young Life and Times Survey Preview of the 2009 results Dirk Schubotz

2 Structure Dirk Schubotz (YLT Director) –Background –Community Relations Wendy Osborn (OBE, Director VDA) –Volunteering Maeve Hully (CEO, Patient Client Council) –Attitudes to Mental Health Services Dirk Schubotz –Childrens and YPs rights, Credit Crunch –Future plans, feedback

3 Sample Invited: all young people living in Northern Ireland who receive Child Benefit and celebrated their 16 th birthday in February and March 2009 Postal questionnaire sent out in November 2009 Online version of questionnaire One follow-up ten days later respondents

4 Response rate 857 responded (response rate 22%) –paper completions (80%) –online (20%) £500 prize draw (5x£ cash) £10 gift vouchers for first 100 online respondents % Not well-offAverageWell-off Online191827

5 Subject areas covered Three main areas: –Volunteering (funded by Volunteer Development Agency) –Mental and emotional health (funded by Patient Client Council) –Childrens and young peoples rights (funded by OFMDFM) Other areas: –Community relations and minority ethnic groups –Credit Crunch –Background questions

6 2009 Young Life and Times Survey Background

7 % GenderMale39 Female61 ReligionCatholic44 Protestant37 Other/no religion19 EducationPlanned integrated7 Grammar51 Secondary36 Other5 Background

8 Sexual attractionOpposite sex attracted86 Same/both sex attracted10 Respondents living with Both their parents76 Mother only19 Father only3 Mother at some time and father at some time 2 Family financial background Well off25 Average57 Not well off18 Background

9 2009 Young Life and Times Survey Community relations

10 Respondents saying relations between Catholics and Protestants are better now than 5 years ago (%) Community relations

11 Respondents saying that relations between Catholics and Protestants will be better in 5 years than now (%) Community relations

12 Respondents saying that religion will always make a difference to the way people feel about each other in Northern Ireland Community relations

13 Respondents saying they prefer to live in religiously mixed neighbourhoods (%) Community relations

14 Respondents they prefer to work in religiously mixed workplaces (%) Community relations

15 Respondents they would prefer to send their children to religiously mixed schools (%) Community relations

16 How favourable or unfavourable do you feel about people from minority ethnic communities? (%) Community relations

17 2009 Young Life and Times Survey Volunteering

18 Volunteering Have you ever volunteered in the past 12 months? –For one or more than one organisation 30% –informally (not for an organisation) 17% –Both for an organisation as well as informally7% –No, I have not volunteered 45%

19 Volunteering – by gender % MaleFemaleAll Volunteered formally or informally Not volunteered % MaleFemaleAll Volunteered formally Not volunteered or informally only

20 Volunteering – by financial background

21 Volunteering – by school type % IntegratedGrammarSecondary All Volunteered formally or informally Not volunteered % IntegratedGrammarSecondary All Volunteered formally Not volunteered or informally only

22 Volunteering – by area

23 Volunteering – Activities Organising or helping to run an activity or event % Helping in church or a religious organisation % Visiting people, befriending or mentoring people % Coaching in a sport % Practical help (e.g. shopping, gardening, building, meal on wheels) % Looking after a property or a pet for someone who is away % Improving the environment (e.g. wildlife conservation or picking up litter) % Secretarial, administration or clerical work % Other %

24 Volunteering Approximately how many hours have you spent volunteering in the past 4 weeks? Less than one hour19% 1-5 hours42% 6-10 hours26% More than 10 hours14%

25 Reasons for volunteering It helps me get on in my career / build up my CV % I wanted to improve things / help people % I thought it would give me a chance to learn new and/or use existing skills % I was asked to help % I wanted to meet people / make friends % My friends / family also volunteered % The cause was really important to me % Its part of my religious belief or philosophy of life to help people % Other % Dont know /I cant remember <1%

26 Reasons for NOT volunteering I have too many other commitments (e.g. work, at school, at home) % Ive never thought about it % I wouldnt know how to find out about getting involved in voluntary activities % None of my friends are volunteering % I feel havent got the right skills or experience to be able to help % I am already doing enough % I think I am too young % Its not a cool thing to do % Other %

27 Volunteering and community relations % Network of friends Contact with people from different community background Increased5742 Remained the same3852 Decreased<1 Dont know45

28 2009 Young Life and Times Survey Attitudes to mental health services

29 Mental and emotional health % MaleFemaleAll Yes, but I did not try to get professional help Yes, and I did ask for professional help 8109 No, I have had few or no problems I have had, or now have, serious problems, but have never felt the need for professional help 566 Have you in the past year had any serious personal, emotional, behavioural or mental health problem for which you felt you needed professional help?

30 Mental and emotional health % Not well- off AverageWell-off Yes, but I did not try to get professional help Yes, and I did ask for professional help 1895 No, I have had few or no problems I have had, or now have, serious problems, but have never felt the need for professional help 1146 Have you in the past year had any serious personal, emotional, behavioural or mental health problem for which you felt you needed professional help?

31 % MaleFemaleAll My appearance or body shape Having too much homework Having to cope with criticism from family and teachers Not being confident with opposite sex Being in debt Thinking about suicide91512 Being concerned that I drink too much978 Thinking I may be gay555 Being pressurised to take drugs645 Something else None of the above Causes of emotional problems

32 Helpful sources of support

33 Attitudes to mental health services Respondents agreeing: Doctors and nurses respect right to confidentiality % There are very few services for young people % It is easy to talk to school nurses and health visitors % Voice of young people not heard by health professions 40% I could get help from services in an emergency % Young people able to influence health care delivery %

34 Respondents agreeing: No support in health service for families with young person with mental health problems % There are suitable activities and facilities in the local community % Young people have difficulty talking about their own emotional or mental health issues % There are lots of organisations that can help % Attitudes to mental health services

35 Preferred professional response to mental and emotional health problems (%)

36 2009 Young Life and Times Survey Childrens and young peoples rights

37 UNCRC Have you heard about the UNCRC? Yes: 33% No: 64% Dont know: 4% How much do you know about it? A lot8% A little77% Nothing14% Dont know<1%

38 Government and Rights of Children How well does the government protect your rights as a young person (%)?

39 To what extent has the recent economic crisis (credit crunch) affected you and your family (%)? Credit Crunch

40 Most common responses: -parent(s) lost job -Respondent lost/cant find part time job -Cuts in spending for luxurious goods (going out, entertainment, gaming etc.) -Cuts in spending on house keeping Credit Crunch

41 To what extent has the recent economic crisis (credit crunch) affected you and your family (%)? Credit Crunch

42 2009 Young Life and Times Survey Forthcoming projects

43 Research Update on Volunteering (1 st June) Full project report on mental health of 16-year olds Follow-up of credit crunch issue Update on ARK in Schools website with new material 2010 YLT survey


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