Myplace gets a Headstart on emotional health plans

Myplace Middlesbrough welcomed 32 year nine students from three local schools this week to participate in a digital storytelling project focused on discussing issues faced by young people.

Middlesbrough Council secured £500,000 worth of funding from The Big Lottery Headstart programme, which is aimed at improving the emotional health of young people aged 10 -14, earlier this year. This is the first of three groups that Myplace will engage with to help shape the HeadStart programme.

The students from UCA, Trinity and Acklam Grange were encouraged to create a digital story which highlights the issues that young people face as well as those moments that have a positive effect on their lives. The feedback from these sessions will determine how future services are delivered.

Wendy Kelly, Strategic Manager at Myplace, said: “It’s great to get students together and discuss the issues that are having an impact in their lives at this moment in time. By identifying these issues we are able to focus funding on specific areas that are causing the most concern, which in turn will allow us to offer specialised support.

“The sessions themselves bring young people together from different schools which encourages them to make friends with new people and helps develop confidence. That in itself can be a comfort when they become aware that there are other people out there who have the same worries as them. This particular group blended really well and has given us great insight in to where we need to focus future support, guidance and opportunities.

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Myplace offers a fun and safe environment for young people aged 9-19 (or up to 25 with special needs and/or disabilities) to meet friends, develop hobbies and gain new skills.  We continue to work with a range of youth organisations in Teesside to offer as much support and as many opportunities as possible for young people.

Myplace Middlesbrough has a partnership approach to delivering services to young people. The building houses a range of organisations from public, voluntary, education and private sectors working together to create opportunities and improve outcomes for young people.

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