About The Community Wellbeing Project
The Community Wellbeing Project has been established as a preventative and proactive response to the growing concerns surrounding children and young people’s mental health. An initiative of the JLC, it is overseen by a number of community organisations, with support from clinical expertise and a consortium of communal foundations and funders.
Wellbeing practitioners have been placed in a selection of pilot primary and secondary schools in London and Manchester, to provide tools and training to strengthen resilience and to enable pupils, parents and school staff to foster positive wellbeing.
The Wellbeing practitioners are facilitating evidence based programmes tailored to each age group. These include a resilience based programme for 5-7 year olds and peer based learning and mentoring for secondary school students. They are also working closely with school staff to identify particular issues such as exam stress, body image or low self-esteem, that are then addressed through smaller group activities.
As part of the project, awareness raising evenings are organised for parents and there are initiatives for school staff to support them both in balancing their own wellbeing, and to train them in mental health first aid.
This is a three year pilot project, adopting evidence based programmes, learning from the wider sector and is monitored and evaluated by The Anna Freud Centre. The goal is to enable a holistic and whole school approach to improved mental wellbeing. Our intention is that resources, practices and policies will be assessed, adapted and applied across our community to strengthen children and young people’s wellbeing.