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Young Peoples Mental Health Ambassador Project

by Ourside Youth Association in Evesham, England, United Kingdom

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Residential developing young peoples awareness of low mental health issues and empowering peer-to-peer support.

by Ourside Youth Association in Evesham, England, United Kingdom

We want to empower young people with a deeper understanding of both their own mental health but also people who surround them or they come in contact with to provide peer-to-peer mental health support. 

Who is  Ourside Youth Association 

Ourside Youth Centre is a charity that provides open access sessions along with targeted youth work to the young people aged 11 - 19 of Evesham (Worcestershire) and the surrounding areas. Our Vision is 'Putting young people at the forefront of design and delivery'. Our primary aim is to provide a safe and welcoming space with young peoples needs at the forefront of our service delivery. We see over 100 young people each week.

Many of the young people accessing the Ourside Services have not had the opportunity as yet to experience being away from home for a extended period of time, to share this experience with in  the youth work setting provides a safe and comfortable arena to do so.  Residentials naturally allows relationships to develop, encouraging all involved to develop trust and empathy with each other and within the wider of the Community.

Empowering Young People to provide peer-to-peer mental health support

The challenges that face young people are increasingly complex and we have seen a growing need for mental health support. From this we recruited a dedicated mental health youth worker to work alongside the young people. This has identified the importance for young people to understand their own mental health but also the people around them. 

The aim of this project is to be long term as we understand that dealing with mental health is an ongoing process and takes time. By enabling and empowering the young people to both help themselves and their peers within phases 1 and 2 this ensures the sustainability of the project. 

The potential future growth of this project may also allow for the young people to develop their own support services which could run outside of the normal opening hours of the youth centre. This would be supported by the Young Peoples Mental Health Worker and would aim to attract young people outside of the current youth centre network and in turn react to another potential barrier which effects young people getting the support they need to achieve good mental health. As this is a sustainable project – with the initial support and training funded by this application – the number of young people who can be supported and helped plans to continue for years to come.

Why a residential?

Residentials provide a unique experience for young people.  The opportunity to live with others allows relationships to transform and develops and enhances a strong sense of community.  Our experience of residential experiences shows that young people are left with a lasting impact and a true sense of feeling a meaningful connection.

The skills and development that occur on a residential continue to stay with young people contributing to long term outcomes such as raised aspirations, improved engagement, a greater sense of identity and sense of belonging.  

Providing young people with meaningful opportunities is essential for young people to overcome challenges and fears.  A residential allows for hierarchies and power relationships to be explored.  Often within a residential there is an opportunity for everyone to be successful at something, young people and youth workers work more collaboratively in unfamiliar surroundings and on unfamiliar tasks.  

Residentials give the chance for people to work together whom they do not normally, being part of something together, it often provides less confident young people to be positively supported by peers developing resilience and is often noted that after a residential young people tend to push themselves more and hold themselves with higher regard.

As Youth workers it feels a privilege to be part of a residential experience and share such a journey with young people.  From previous experiences we feel that the relationships that are developed and fostered in a short-focused period of time is similar to the ones that we make with in a youth club setting with young people over an entire year.

The Project

The project will be split up into three phases. 

Phase One

This commences with identifying a group of young people who attend the youth centre who either are experiencing mental health issues or have a desire to both understand the issues and wish to support other young people in the process. During a residential weekend the group along with a trained mental health youth worker will explore;

-What type of mental health issues there are

-What the potential signs/symptoms are that may show someone is dealing with a mental health issue

- Natural and achievable ways to deal with mental health issues

     - This will be managed with both role-play activities and cooking and physical activities 

- When its time to sign post someone onto external agencies and some examples of  local and national support currently available 

The major outcome of this phase is to give the young people a deeper understanding of both their own mental health but also people who surround them or they come in contact with. Completing this is a different location enables for focused learning but also the opportunity for the young people to reflect and build on their learnings.

This phase costs £2,593 and includes 2 nights accommodation, travel, activities and fully trained youth workers for up to 27 young people. 

Phase Two

Once phase one has been completed, the young people will have the opportunity to complete an ASDAN Peer Mentoring Short Course, sessions for which will be help at the youth centre weekly. This provides recognition for those who are learning, developing, practicing and passing on their skills for mentoring other young people but is also really beneficial for the young people personal development and CV enhancing. This will provide them with the skills to mentor and support other young people in both mental health and general terms. 

Phase Three

Young people who have completed both the first two phases will then develop into the youth centres Mental Heath Ambassadors. Utilising a new confidential room within the centre we will develop a programme where the Mental Health Ambassadors, with the support of the Young Personal Mental Health Worker, are able to support other young people with mental health issues. The future potential for this could lead to a youth support and counselling service (with all relevant training and policies in place)

Phases Two and Three cost £3,200 and includes all training, ASDAN qualifications and mental health ambassador project resources for all young people who attended the residential to become ambassadors. 

The potential future growth of this project may also allow for the young people to develop their own support services which could run outside of the normal opening hours of the youth centre. This would be supported by the Young Peoples Mental Health Worker and would aim to attract young people outside of the current youth centre network and in turn react to another potential barrier which effects young people getting the support they need to achieve good mental health. As this is a sustainable project – with the initial support and training funded by this application – the number of young people who can be supported and helped plans to continue for years to come.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 High Five with a massive smile

We just love to smile and give high 5's. This can be virtual or if you want to come and do it in person - that's also fine. Note: you would need to travel to Evesham

£10 or more

Social Media Thank You

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£25 or more

Youth Centre Visit

Personalised show round of the youth centre and the activities that you have helped to fund. Note: we are based in Evesham, so you would need to travel here.

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