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.
We have received funding of £484,700 from the Reaching Communities Big Lottery fund. The project officially starts on 29th Jan 2019 and will run for three years.
The objective of our programme is to address the well-being of young people by helping them to develop their own resilience, and provide evidence based early intervention resources to support this.
The strength of our bid
Our proposal was successful due to several reasons:
· The foundations of the project are well established, with all stakeholders engaged and all schools committed to implementation.
· Our volunteers have done a tremendous amount of work so far with limited financial support.
· Rutland provides an ideal opportunity to implement a manageable county-wide programme.
· The project is inclusive and will reach children who attend school in Rutland; 6 secondaries (including the Independents) and 18 primary schools.
· We aim to support parents and the wider community.
· Rutland has several military bases and we will include support to our armed forces families.
· The project itself was driven by a need identified by young people and they have continued to be at the heart of the development throughout.
The young people’s recommendations
· 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.
What are we going to do?
We are working closely with young people and schools to ensure that our funding is spent appropriately. The areas resourced will correspond to identified needs and complement initiatives which are funded externally.
There are several elements to our programme:
· Evaluation techniques including Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
· Academic Resilience Approach – implement a whole school approach to well-being and resilience.
· Professional support delivered within schools to assist their pastoral teams.
· Working with parents.
· Military families support.
· Online information hub.
Management of the project
The project strategy will be led and overseen by Rutland First, a Community Interest Company based in Rutland. The Resilient Rutland Steering Group is responsible for project delivery and support. We have a Youth Forum with representatives from across the county. There is also a Programme Management Board which meets regularly and includes members from schools, Rutland County Council Councillors and Officers, and most importantly a Youth Forum Representative. Where required we intend to establish focus groups and also work with existing smaller organisations to ensure that our project is well informed.
The Patron of Resilient Rutland is the Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness. Both the current High Sheriff of Rutland, Susan Jarron, and the High Sheriff in Nomination for 2019, Margaret Miles, will act as Ambassadors.
What will success look like?
· Support every school in Rutland to have a culture of positive mental health and wellbeing, and deliver professional early intervention training.
· Deliver extra resources and information to parents and communities, so they can be better informed.
· Work with other providers to ensure that existing programmes are used to maximum effect and identify gaps in provision.
· Train teachers, and potentially other staff, in techniques which can be delivered to multiple years of young people.
· Evaluate our early intervention programme and prove that it is a cost-effective approach.
Every element of our programme will be developed with the legacy of the project in mind. We will continuously monitor the progress and outcome of our activities.
Throughout the project, Government schemes to support young people’s mental health will be closely monitored to ensure that full advantage is taken of any available funding. We will also train teachers and other staff in techniques which can be delivered to multiple years of young people.
At the end of year two of our programme, we will identify those elements of the project that we feel need continued funding after the lottery funding has ceased. We will then actively explore alternative funding sources.
The project is in its detailed planning stage and we are currently working on how we can involve volunteers.
If you would like further information, in the first instance please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Morag Tyler our Project Manager on 077 66 56 55 06.