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Project information

Free mental health conference in North of England

A free one-day conference about mental health and emotional wellbeing for 150 staff from schools and organisations working with children and young people (11-19 year olds) in the North of England.

January 2017 - September 2017

Charity information: The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

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  • Need


    Three children in every classroom have a mental health problem and about 10% of young people are suffering from a diagnosable mental health disorder.

    Teachers and other staff members require practical advice and resources in order to offer support to their pupils.

    There are very few events of this type in the North of England with the general focus being in London. Events are usually provided on a paid for basis, making them less accessible to schools who do not prioritise mental health.


    The conference provides a fresh approach and evidence based, practical advice. Delegates will be in a good position to cascade their knowledge back to colleagues and the strategies shared during the day are designed to have an immediate impact on the entire student body at each school. Additionally, we will generate legacy materials and encourage delegates to sign up to free mental health training offered by the Trust.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide practical, evidence based advice and resources, plus examples of these.


    » Enhance knowledge, attitudes, skills, understanding confidence when supporting CYP with MH isssues.
    » Provide practical strategies that could be used right away to support CYP
    » Outline and share a range of resources for use by schools – including school MH policies
    » Highlight good work being done by case study schools with expertise, and the work and resources of relevant charities and organisations to learn from

    What success will look like

    Positive feedback on surveys and other methods, about speakers, resources, and attitude. Examples of schools using learning on return.

    Aim 2

    Create supportive network


    » Support networking of colleagues with an interest in MH in the North of England so that best practice can be shared beyond the event

    What success will look like

    Links made on social media, sign-ups to mailing list and potentially collaborations on new work projects.

    Aim 3

    Encourage schools to take up funded mental health training


    » Demonstrate benefits of training in schools and provide opportunity for school staff to sign up.

    What success will look like

    More training requests received

  • Impact


    Better knowledge, understanding and support for children and young people with mental health issues in the North of England.
    This will demonstrated in the number of training sessions CWMT delivers in the North, increased support in curriculum and wider school community on mental health, and a better system for dealing with problems when they arise.


    Take-up by school staff could be lower than expected, we will ensure that our existing close links and interest are maintained and we will have various strategies in place to ensure further publicity and interest in attending. We will make the conference as accessible as possible, in cost (free), location, timing, and delivery.


    Update donors on progress regularly in planning stages, then advertise for free tickets via email and social media posts, newsletter plus existing school networks. Reporting and evaluation will be completed so that after the conference that can be shared.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Venue and admin Venue hire, refreshments and lunch
      £2,500 Delegates packs including free book and USB stick contraining resources
      £2,000 Resource development including cascade packs
      £2,500 Video recording, editing and hosting
      £1,500 Speakers' fees Speakers' fees
      £1,000 Speaker expenses Speaker and event staff travel and accommodation
      £1,000 Marketing and advertising Marketing and advertising
      £1,500 Bursaries Bursaries
  • Background


    The North of England, in a school with relevant facilities to host the conference


    School staff and through them, children and young people. And therefore the family, friends etc of children and young people with or at risk of mental health problems.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We already deliver talks nationally to young people, parents, teachers and other people who work and interact with young people about how to stay mentally well.
    We support the Charlie Waller Institute who carry out research to develop evidence based advice and support.
    We have good support networks and have found that there is a lot of interest in improving mental health and we already have contacts with teachers who want to do more to help.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Pooky Knightsmith

    Director of Young People and Schools programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, she will run the project

    Clare Stafford

    CEO at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, she will oversee the project.

    Dick Moore

    Waller Trainer at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and inspirational conference speaker who will speak at the conference

    Izzi Dent

    Project Assistant at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust who will manage most of the logistics.