Colchester United Football in the Community continues to support the important education of mental health within our community by delivering awareness workshops to school ages children across Tendring.
The aim of our Many Minds One Heart workshop is to engage with young people to discuss the effects of mental health, what mental health is, what it means to young people. As well as methods of self-care and wellbeing that can be used to ensure mental health is destigmatised, therefore creating a more open culture for discussion. Resulting in further awareness, less episodes and a reduction in serious mental health issues.
A key area of the programme will be sign posting different organisations and charities that we work in conjunction with, who are able to support young people as they continue through their lives both in and outside of the classroom environment. This may include the use of therapy dogs, coaching mentors or another Community Safety Project called Fly Like an Eagle, which is our 1-2-1 intervention programme.
Throughout the programme we will look to engage with schools and local organisations to ensure our project leaves a legacy within Tendring to once again create an open, inclusive and caring culture.
The workshop will be delivered in secondary schools as well as in community settings through our other in house programmes such as Premier League Kicks. These sessions take place across Tendring and are aimed at engaging those who may have barriers to other provision based on cost, facilities or living in an area of deprivation.
Edward King, our Health and Inclusion Officer says “By delivering this workshop, it enables us to introduce young people to mental health across Tendring and raise awareness to help them understand why they may be feeling the way they are and to know that it is okay to not feel amazing every day. I am looking forward to seeing this programme develop over the next academic year.”
If you would like to make a booking or know more about our other funded Community Safety Projects, please contacted Olivia.Solanke@colchesterunited.net for more information.