A new project for young people to help them build their confidence and resilience so that they can cope more easily with life’s difficulties has been set up in Wigan.
Led by Wigan Council, Mind Power will give young people the chance to try out cooking and learn about the effects of healthy eating on the mind, have a go at new activities and find out more about the importance of friendships and being kind. There’ll also be music, films and relaxation to emphasise the importance of making time to relax.
Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, Councillor Jenny Bullen, explains,
‘We ran a survey called, ‘Make Your Mark’ in partnership with the UK Youth Parliament last year, where young people were invited to tell us about the issue they would most like to see improved. Nearly 15,000 11-17 year olds in Wigan and Leigh voted. Young people’s mental health was one of the top three issues voted for so we know how important it is to help them improve their resilience.’
Grace Lee, 14, from Wigan, went along to the project’s first meeting. She says,
‘It’s good to have a place like this for young people; it’s a nice place to go. Young people need places where we can feel accepted and have people to talk to.’
Ellie Salmon, 14, from Wigan, says,
‘I was excited when I heard about this group because I knew it would be for me. I thought I’d try it and see if I liked it and I’m liking it so far.’
The programme behind the project is based on the one recommended by Heads Together, the charity supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
All young people aged 11-17 are welcome to come along to the group, which meets on Mondays, at Mesnes Park Lodge, Wigan, at 4.30pm. For more information, please contact Amy at Wigan Council on [email protected]