Young people of Rutland came together at Oakham Castle on 5th Nov to introduce the ‘Resilient Rutland’ project which has been awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant of nearly half a million pounds, to support young people’s mental health and well-being across the county.
The project is called Resilient Rutland because the goal is to make our young people more robust to the stresses of modern life and to improve their ability to bounce back after a difficult event or experience.
The project will deliver mental health and wellbeing support to every child in our county and will also reach parents, teachers and the wider community. A recognised method called the ‘whole school approach’ will be adopted, this delivers practical solutions which can really make a difference.
Miles Williamson-Noble, Chair of Rutland First comments: ‘It was fantastic to see the schools of Rutland come together and listen to our young people. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the success of receiving funding and also to thank Dr Ann Williams for all her hard work over the past few years.’
‘Our pledge is to deliver best practice, value for money and ensure that every penny of this funding will go towards making a difference. We will listen to and support our young people, school staff and parents – and we look forward to working with the schools and other agencies to achieve this.’
The Patron of Resilient Rutland is the Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, who has been closely involved with the project for some time. Both the current High Sheriff of Rutland, Susan Jarron, and the High Sheriff in Nomination for 2019, Margaret Miles will act as Ambassadors for Resilient Rutland.
Over the coming weeks we will be providing further details on the project and how volunteers can get involved. Visit our website www.resilientrutland.co.uk for updates.
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For further information please contact Morag Tyler (Project Manager Resilient Rutland)
About Rutland First
The Resilient Rutland project will be led and overseen by Rutland First, a Community Interest Company based in Rutland. Rutland First acted as Healthwatch Rutland from 2014 to April 2018, since when it has broadened its remit. The objectives of the company are to undertake and encourage a broad range of work and other activities relating to improving, promoting and enhancing the wellbeing of the people of Rutland, and the immediate surrounding areas.