We were delighted to attend the Rutland Young People's Awards last night - it was an inspirational evening and it was great to see so many young people getting recognition for their efforts.
We are pleased to report that the Resilient Rutland Youth Forum were joint winners in the Super Group category - well deserved recognition for all their hard work and commitment over the past 4 years.
We have included some information below about our Youth Forum:
Over the past 5 years the project team has worked closely with our young people and in September 2019 we submitted a bid to the Reaching Communities Bid Lottery fund to further support children’s mental health in Rutland. We were successful, and Resilient Rutland has received funding of £484,700 with the project officially starting on 29th Jan 2019 and running for three years.
We have been advised by the Lottery that it was the hard work and commitment of our young people that was key to our project being awarded the funding.
The Resilient Rutland Youth Forum
Amelia Seymour, Hannah Seymour, Tim Amor, Lizzie Hulse and Alexa Smith have gone over and above what we could ever have expected in terms of commitment and effort to support our project.
From the beginning the Youth Forum have been at the centre of our work. They have developed their own ideas and recommendations, and in listening to them we have confidence that our proposals are robust.
The Youth Forum activities
In 2015, HealthWatch Rutland and Rutland Youth Council carried out a series of engagement events with pupils in local schools to talk about concerns and issues facing young people. It was discovered that the overwhelming problem was that of mental health.
The young people then prepared a questionnaire concerning the problems of mental health, advised by a team from the University of Leicester. The findings were shared at a number of workshops with partner agencies and with the school children themselves.
Their recommendations included:
· Create a culture where mental health is not taboo.
· End the stigma.
· Focus on early intervention, prevention and coping strategies.
· Include mental health on the educational curriculum.
· Provide someone to talk to in school when needed.
· Make sure support is properly funded and provided.
Our young people also made a documentary film with help from national film-makers featuring young ambassadors from Rutland presenting their views on mental health and well-being.
A “Dragon’s Den” event was held where our young people challenged healthcare providers, commissioners and the head of CAMHS and examined ways of improving services.
An extremely successful event was held at Oakham Castle to introduce the ‘Whole School’ Approach to Mental Health, hosted by the then High Sheriff and entirely conducted by the Young People’s Forum.
Following news of the success of our Lottery bid the young people hosted a press conference and also our launch event at Oakham Castle on 29th Jan 2019. The content of the launch was developed by our young people and they presented in front of an audience of nearly 90 representatives including our Patron the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, our Ambassador the High Sheriff of Rutland, Schools, the Local Authority, mental health agencies and the press.
Throughout the project our young people have generated extensive media coverage and most recently two of our Super Group were on the front page of the Rutland Mercury 1 February edition.
We could not be prouder of what our Resilient Rutland ‘Super Group’ have achieved. Without their support we simply would not have had a project. They have given their time, commitment and enthusiasm, and have helped secure a fantastic outcome for young people’s mental health in Rutland.