Providing young women access to mental health and wellbeing support
The Good for Girls programme will support young women to access relevant, holistic early intervention mental health support in trusted community spaces. This includes support and guidance from trained youth professionals, and opportunities to develop relationships, skills and tools to maintain positive mental health. Young women get support earlier, meaning fewer require referral to specialist services.
Good for Girls will help youth clubs to become mental health hubs and extend the support for young women outside of school, with trained youth professionals who are able to create safe spaces where young women feel able to talk about their mental health and learn tools to manage their wellbeing.
The overall programme will run from February 2021 to November 2022. (Cohort 1: Feb 21-Sept 21, Cohort 2: Oct 21-TBC). This application is for Cohort 1. The programme will support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young women aged 10-14, and a cohort of 30+ youth workers each year. Over this time young women will take part in weekly activities in their youth organisation to promote positive mental health and challenge stigma. They will:
- access activities that promote wellbeing
- discuss emotional wellbeing and issues they care about
- take leadership to promote wellbeing in their communities
Youth workers will also receive a programme of high-quality training from March 2021 to June 2021 to become Wellbeing Leads and embed positive mental health practices into their delivery.
We will partner with Haptivate, Teen Yoga Foundation and Young Minds to lead on training. This includes seven two-hour modules from Haptivate and will cover topics such as Stress Management, Relaxation Techniques and Accessing Resources and Support.
Teen Yoga Foundation will deliver a training on ‘Talking Circles’ (a talking/listening activity).
A technique that will be used throughout the programme and will help youth workers create safe spaces for young women to talk about mental health. There will also be the opportunity to consult with Young Minds for additional, bespoke and tailored training.
Good for Girls also includes a residential weekend, where a small number of young women will take part in activities that help them become ‘Wellbeing Ambassadors’ for their organisations. These ambassadors will lead a social action project to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their youth clubs and communities that will be delivered over the summer.
You can download a copy of the Programme Overview per London Youth Member, here.
How to get involved:
We are looking for 30 youth and community organisations to deliver the programme from February 2021. Therefore if you would like to apply, please complete the online Application Form here or by following the link on the button below.