The Young Healthy Minds Wellbeing Bag
Young Healthy Minds works with children aged 4-18 years to support their wellbeing. When intervention ends, we want to give “A Wellbeing Bag” containing items that remind them of the support strategies, discussions and activities undertaken to manage their anxieties and increase self-esteem
January 2016 - August 2016
Brief interventions are powerful but sustainability of outcomes is challenging for children. Children have 6 sessions, taking them physically and mentally out of difficult situations, wrapped in complex feelings. This enables the them to understand feelings and cope in different situations. To sustain these approaches and strategies takes practice, without which, simple approaches to reducing fear and anxiety for example, can be lost through reversion to old behaviours.
Wellbeing Bags will give children access to things that have worked for them previously and allow them to practice and progress without recourse to further interventions. The bags will comfort them and help them keep on track and maintain resilience. Sessions are child centred so resources used in the bags will reflect this be selected age appropriately. Bags acts as a link between the therapeutic support and managing life in the child’s world, a tangible reminder of their positive experience.
To help children that complete group & individual YHM sessions to sustain their positive experience
Activities» Provide children that complete YHM sessions with a Wellbeing Bag of resources to help them to practice strategies and avoid further intervention
» Share Wellbeing Bags with family and teachers as a way of reinforcing and demonstrating what works for the children
» Involve the YHM team in evaluating the best resources to sustain progress
» Promote and increase use of self-help to support on going issues
Through use Survey Monkey to all parents of the expected 1870 children, to evaluate resources, explore re-referrals and use by mentors during transition to secondary school
We will survey recipients/parents/referrers after 6 months to see if there is still sustainable impact. We will monitor re-referrals and explore whether there are changes of circumstances and resources required. As a team we will research what resources and literature provide the most impactful support to children and procure appropriately. This project will support children to remain on track reducing the need for further intervention.
There is a risk that the resource will be shelved/ misunderstood/not used
There is a risk that the child may come to rely on their resources
To mitigate such risks we will monitor, survey and adapt the Wellbeing Bag to bring maximum engagement from parents/carers to encourage and support to the children concerned to maximise the use of the bag contents
In addition to weekly e-bulletins, which we use to promote products and services, we will submit case-studies to the media and on our website. Through the collection of donor contact details, we will provide regular updates to them via e-mail so that they are aware of the impact of their donation
Budget - Project Cost: £37,400Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,870 Wellbeing Bags Purchase of bags for distribution £35,530 Bag contents Purchase of bag contents i.e. stress balls, windmills, books, stickers, mood diaries etc
As a charity, our professionals have many years’ experience of working with children, young people and families across the South East. We have a Kent wide contract working in every school and community to support children with wellbeing issues, which is where this project will be focussed and bring further benefit and support to the children we work with
The 1870 children that will be supported by our Young Healthy Minds team in 2016 will benefit from this project, as we continue to provide support and a voice for children and young people suffering emotional wellbeing issues
We are a trusted and well-established charity across the South East and have a wealth of professionals that work tirelessly to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and families. Our professionals are able to identify gaps in services to allow us to develop and deliver suitable support to bridge those gaps and help our beneficiaries maximise their potential.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Julie Stones, Contract Manager
Project promotion across the consortia teams and stakeholders. Julie has worked passionately for improved outcomes in field of Early Help for 12 years
Toni Fox - Senior YHM Worker
Toni will work with all workers to identify the most age appropriate resources. She is an energetic and inspirational member of the team.
Alison Bullen - Administrator
Alison will be responsible for ordering, collating, distributing and sending the surveys. Alison is dedicated to YHM and always goes the extra mile.
Neil Lakeland - Director Of Communications & Marketing
Neil will ensure that the benefits of the project are widely disseminated with the child’s voice at the heart of it.