A grant of almost half a million pounds has been awarded to Rutland by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to support young people’s mental health and well-being across the county.
All children attending school in Rutland are expected to benefit. Rutland will be leading the way ahead of the rest of the country, and hopes its experience will act as a blueprint for others. The project, called Resilient Rutland, will be managed by Rutland First, will begin in 2019 and will run for three years.
The crisis surrounding young people’s mental health and the lack of available support is well acknowledged. The statistics speak for themselves with 1 in 10 young people having a diagnosable mental health illness and 75% of them not receiving timely and appropriate treatment. When asked, the young people of Rutland have stated that mental health issues are their number one concern and that action is required.
Dr Ann Williams and her team have been working with the schools of Rutland since 2014 to find the solutions the young people told us they wanted. They want the stigma surrounding mental health to be removed, they want to learn to be resilient and receive early help to prevent small problems becoming big ones. The schools have made significant advances since starting on this journey, but now need professional help to go further, and this is what has led to the bid to the Big Lottery Fund.
Dr Ann Williams comments: “ Rutland, as England’s smallest county, is often overlooked for funding. Yet mental health issues are the same as elsewhere. I am delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has approved our plan to improve the well-being of our young people. The grant will allow us to bring much needed professional support to our schools.”.
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. She comments: “I am so delighted that Resilient Rutland has gained £500,000 of National Lottery funding. Rutland takes its young people seriously, has listened to them and has succeeded in getting this funding in order to introduce mental health resilience training across schools in the county. Childhood has changed. Young people today face enormous pressures on their mental health. This money can make a real difference to youngsters across Rutland. It is my hope that Rutland, because of its small size, can be a pilot and example of what can be achieved on a bigger scale nationally so Resilient Rutland may have national impact.”.
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Press Conference and Launch
Members of the Press are invited to attend a Press Conference at 4pm on Monday 5th November 2018 in Oakham Castle. The Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Ann Willliams and some of the youngsters who have helped develop the project will be there to answer questions.
A formal Young People’s Launch Event will be held between 6 and 7pm on Tuesday 29th January 2019. It is hoped that representatives of all the Rutland schools and their young people will be present. The programme will be described in some detail, and will be ready to roll out to schools
All communications should be directed to Morag Tyler (Project Manager Resilient Rutland)
T: 07766565506 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Rutland First website is at www.rutlandfirst.co.uk and the Facebook page is Rutland First.
About Big Lottery Fund
The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded £9 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.