Help us raise crucial funds to support young people in Camden needing mental health support. All donations made through The Champions for Children Campaign during the live campaign week between 8th June – 15th June will be DOUBLED! We aim to help 60 young people who have been affected by the pandemic, giving them skills to support themselves and their peers through such a stressful time. The project also increases social connectedness while remaining physically distanced.
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We carried out surveys during the pandemic with young people and found young people are under huge pressure and increasingly vulnerable & isolated due to Covid. Peer support was the most popular action identified to help cope. As we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic, it is crucially important for young people to have open-access mental health support which is community based and non-stigmatising. Our peer support programmes play a vital role in helping young people feel more connected, gain social confidence, and learn how to build their resilience.
With your support, we will help 60 vulnerable young people receive training to help them understand mental health, share experiences with others, improve their wellbeing and support others.
The proportion of young people experiencing “low levels of mental health” will decrease by at least 50%. Through the campaign, 60 vulnerable young people will participate in weekly peer support groups, helping them build relationships, reduce isolation and increase their sense of connectedness. Through developing leadership skills and helping others, young people involved will gain key soft skills needed to become work ready.
Peer support is so valuable for the prevention and treatment of mental health in young people and this is especially true during the pandemic, a time of unprecedented uncertainty. Taking part in this project and being trained in peer support will provide young people with a sense of agency and accomplishment. Training is accredited and participants gain an average of two AQAs each. Through employability workshops young people will report confidence in being able to articulate these skills in interviews and applications
For the second year running FYA took part in the Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2019 raising crucial funds to support our Youth Action in The Community Project.
The Big Give Christmas Challenge is UK’s largest match funding campaign where all donations made via theBigGive.org.uk are DOUBLED!
For seven days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled. Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, the Christmas Challenge has raised millions of pounds for thousands of charity projects since it launched on the Big Give in 2008.
On Sunday 13th October 2019 we were chosen by Alejandra Burgos who is an Argentinean singer, guitarist and songwriter to be her charity partner for a gig she was playing at London’s iconic 100 club which has been hosting live music since 1942.
Because of the club’s rich history, it has become an institution for intimate secret shows by major acts including Oasis, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Blur, Mark Ronson, Paul Mccartney, Nas and Plan B to name just a few. Two of our very own youth performers, Ky Lewis and Yasmine McColl Benz were given an opportunity to be supporting acts before Alejandra came on stage.