We are thrilled to announce that our Mind Matters project has been shortlisted in the Advice and Guidance category of the Children & Young People Now Awards!

Created with and inspired by young people with lived experience, Mind Matters is an innovative partnership project that tackles mental health & wellbeing issues for young people through volunteer- and peer-led workshops.

Over the last year, 40 young volunteer “champions” have been recruited, trained and supported to develop peer-led workshops – which they’ve already delivered to over 975 young people.

90% of the workshop participants stated an increased knowledge around mental health issues in young people, 98% highlighted that they felt confident to talk to their peers about mental health concerns and 99% stated they liked having information from their peers, it ‘felt more real’ and ‘comfortable’.

From the 55% of young people trained as Mind Matters champions who were not in education, employment or training, over 35% have now progressed into further education and employment and they state that volunteering on this project has contributed positively towards their career pathway.

The Children & Young People Now Awards have become the gold standard for everyone working with children, young people and families. Now in their thirteenth year, these awards provide a great source of recognition for all those who strive day in, day out, to improve the lives of others and we are immensely proud that they have recognised the our Mind Matters volunteers.

The winners of the 2018 awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday the 21st November. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed!