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Project information

Teenage Wellbeing Project - Acting Up!

The aim of the project is to empower young people facing multiple disadvantage, so that they can identify and manage their mental health, and thus gain the self confidence and skills to successfully access services related to benefits, education, and housing.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Julian Campbell Foundation (JCF)

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  • Need


    Stress, depression and anxiety, once conditions experienced mainly by older people, now affect younger age groups. It is not uncommon for teenagers and young adults to suffer from stress, anxiety and depression as they struggle to complete their education, pass examinations, and survive in complex family arrangements. In addition, 50% of young people show signs of mental illness before 14 years old with 70% showing symptoms before 18 years old. It is these young people we wish to help.


    Our intervention based service will support young people and their families with undiagnosed and borderline mental health difficulties through mentoring programmes, drama workshops, therapeutic art and psychologist support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Training mentors to empower and enable children and young people


    » Recruitment and training of mentors with accredited training course.
    » Matching mentors and supporting young people and their families.
    » Empowering and enabling each mentee with support and development through other services and agencies.

    What success will look like

    Thirty specialist mentors will have been trained and awarded a Level 3 Mentoring qualification. Ninety percent of the mentees will describe positive results.

    Aim 2

    School based drama workshop


    » One drama workshop with groups of 14 young people showing them ways of identifying and managing stress, anxiety and depression.
    » Two workshops to reinforce the drama workshop, including case studies to reinforce their understanding of identifying and changing their mood.

    What success will look like

    We will have performed our drama workshops in 5 schools with a minimum of one year group. Ninety percent of participants describe positive impacts on their wellbeing.

    Aim 3

    Our teacher training programme is for any professional that works alongside young people


    » Teachers are trained to identify what anxiety, stress and depression look like.
    » Supported in deciding whether to refer young people to mental health services or JCF

    What success will look like

    Trained Professionals will have a clear idea of when to refer and or support a young person in mental distress.

  • Impact


    The project will decrease the numbers of young people suffering from undiagnosed mental health disorders and increase participation and achievement in schools, improve relationships within their families and themselves as well as encourage participation in work and careers. Success will be measured by mentees and teacher feedback and evidence will be documented through case studies.


    The risks are that we could have more mentees than mentors available to support them and for they may have to wait for three to six months. We will train mentors quarterly throughout the year to ensure that we have a surplus to supply any demand.


    We will up-date donor through a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and
    forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,400 Drama workshops Holding 15 workshops in 5 schools locally
      £4,000 mentor training training three groups of mentors throughout the year
      £8,600 psychologist and co-ordinator co-ordinating and supporting mentors
      £2,000 teacher training training teachers through workshops in 5 schools

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Angle House Foundation £4,400 Guaranteed
    Julian Campbell Foundation current funds £6,600 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project will take place in the boroughs in North London, Enfield, Islington, Haringey and Camden and we will be focusing on young people in schools, colleges and Universities and also young people who wish to find employment and need support through identifying and managing their wellbeing. Families of mentees will also be supported.


    The main beneficiaries will be the young people and their families. It is envisaged that this process of empowerment, linked to mood management, will enable people to have greater control over their own lives. As individual self-confidence grows, so mentor support can be withdrawn allowing people to continue to shape their own futures.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a commitment towards empowering and enabling young people fulfil on what is important to them in their lives and have been recognised through donations and awards of Local Charity of the Year by Sainsburys and Asda and others. Our work has been recognised and praised by the Enfield Behaviour Support Service and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services. We are ready to increase our scope and reach to impact more families and look forward to continue our success on a larger scale.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jacqueline Campbell

    Has developed the programmes and is committed to making a difference within mental health arena in the UK.

"You have saved my son's life!"

Mother of a teenager mentored by JCF