The Resilient Rutland project is committed to placing young people at the very heart of our project.
Lyn Harte, School Liaison Officer has been working with young people across the county to listen to their experiences and ideas about supporting mental health and wellbeing in our schools. We want the voice of our young people to inform initiatives and interventions and contribute to lasting change.
We have combined our findings to-date into one document. Read the full report here.
Lyn comments; “YoungMinds have run pupil groups in our secondary schools and we have started discussion groups in community groups across our community. These wellbeing groups are growing in number and we are looking forward to working with Young Health Watch Rutland and Rutland Disabled Youth Forum to extend the voice of our young people further. We hope all schools will develop a wellbeing group of ambassadors who meet regularly and lead activities in their school.”
The young people are providing invaluable insight into challenges facing their mental health and wellbeing. Issues such as friendship, fitting in, schoolwork, academic pressure, social media, a digital society and home pressures are key areas raised.
The children and young people have some fantastic ideas for initiatives they can lead in their schools. These included assemblies, wellbeing trees, activities and clubs, professional speakers to raise awareness of challenge and peer support as well as suggesting parental education too.
We were also reminded of the need for better signposting for support and local services available to young people and their families. We have added a ‘Getting Help’ section to our website which can be found here.
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All communications should be directed to Morag Tyler - Project Manager Tel 07572 593 004 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Resilient Rutland was started as a project in 2014 as a direct response to feedback from young people in our county - their overwhelming concern was that of mental health and well-being.
Having worked closely with professional agencies, schools, the Local Authority and of course our young people, we have arrived at a joint commitment to implement a programme to champion mental health.
The project has received £484,700 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, which officially started on 29th Jan 2019 and will run for four years.
Additional details on the Resilient Rutland project can be found here.
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 National Lottery Community Fund
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We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive.
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