Activities can take place in a variety of venues and settings, depending on what is available and what the activities require in terms of resources and space. Typical examples of venues are community centres, school buildings, and other venues used by the local National Society branches. In disaster and conflict situations it may be necessary to construct a space in a tent or other temporary shelter e.g. a roofed open space with some protection around it.
Pick the right "safe space"
It is very important to identify a safe space for activities before starting a programme. These spaces need to be both physically safe (i.e. a secure physical space that allows people to be protected from danger) and emotionally safe (i.e. a sense of safety, trust, positive bonds and solidarity). It is also helpful to locate a space that is suitable for the planned activities.
Involve the the young men
Letting the young men be involved in constructing a space where they feel safe will help them feel a sense of ownership and responsibility. This kind of task also brings young men together, allowing them to share thoughts, ideas and take decisions. This will help build their trust and confidence. They will see that they can be part of a positive change in their own life and in their community.
Sketches of a safe space project
Project - 2015
Two simple 20” ISO containers turned into a high tech building with only easy available materials