Photo credit Chilypep
Photo credit Chilypep

How Barnsley young people are participating and influencing local mental health and wellbeing services 

Young people across Barnsley are coming together to help shape and influence local mental health and wellbeing services. They are also getting involved in lots of great awareness raising work and peer mentoring groups.

The CCG has commissioned Chilypep to support young people to influence services and develop what the CCG called 'young commissioners'. Well, those young commissioners are now in place and gave themselves a much better name: OASIS. 

OASIS stands for Opening up Awareness & Support and Influencing Services and they have received training in commissioning and how to influence change.

Here are some examples of just some of the participation work they have been doing over the past year.

  • Consultation report  pdf - Understanding the needs of young people in Barnsley around Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Chilypep newsletter pdf - highlight of participation work including 'What's tops & what's pants?'

Here are some examples of the campaigns and awareness raising the groups have also been doing.

 Photo top right thanks to Chilypep: Members of OASIS & Barnsley College Peer Mentors


People were asked 'what's tops & what's pants?'

Future in Mind Workshop - April 2017

A huge thank you to all who attended our third bi-annual Future in Mind Workshop held on Tuesday 25 April 2017 and the workstream leads who shared with us the progress being made. 

As reflected by an attendee at the end of the workshop, we really have seized the opportunities brought by the national  monies attached to 'Future in Mind' to transform emotional well-being of children and young people. 

As we near year three of the five year plan, we have now established young commissioners supported by Chilypep, a thriving early help offer, commenced whole school resilience training in primary schools, 4:Thought is now operational in secondary schools - all of which is focused on generating a legacy of emotional wellbeing and resilience in the next generation. 

Hearing how young people are acting as peer mentors and directly influencing core services was powerful and inspirational and bodes well for the future.  Equally, noting how parents as well as young people have responded positively to the skills development on offer illustrates how such work can be transformative and sustaining across generations.

Click here to see one of the presentations made by OASIS (pdf) at the workshop event. The image above shows one of the great methods OASIS used to get people's feedback on 'what's tops & what's pants?'.

Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the event.

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