Chilypep launches mental health awareness campaign #NotTheOnlyOne

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Chilypep is proud to launch our new campaign #NotTheOnlyOne to raise awareness of mental health issues for young people in Sheffield.


Chilypep have worked with young people in Sheffield to create three posters to raise awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing.

#NotTheOnlyOne is a campaign in Sheffield for Youth Mental Health. We aim to raise awareness and reduce stigma amongst young people and make change! Search ‘Let’s Talk Sheffield’ to find out where you can go for mental health support!

Working in consultation with young people in Chilypep’s mental health campaigning group STAMP, three posters were created to raise awareness and address stigma surrounding mental illnesses such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), self-harm and bi-polar disorder.

The posters also include signposting to services and organisations locally where young people can find help and support. They feature football shirts in a P.E locker room with mental health issues on the back of each shirt, pencils etched with different mental health issues and a bowling ball smashing the stigma surrounding them.

The artwork is displayed in a Sheffield city centre window display and can be seen on Pinstone Street.

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-10-19-37The campaign comes as a Freedom of Information request submitted by Sheffield radio station Hallam FM’s news desk found that there has been a 70 per cent increase in the number of young people referred to the NHS for self-harm in Sheffield in the last two years. Chilypep were asked to comment on the shocking figures, along with STAMP group member, mental health campaigner and young person, Becky.

The exclusive interview can be read here:

To find out more about the #NotTheOnlyOne campaign please visit our Facebook page at: and click on the ‘learn more’ button on the Facebook page to be directed straight to the Sheffield Let’s talk directory where information for help and services can be found. 

Chilypep Shortlisted for two national awards and wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

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Chilypep has been shortlisted for two prestigious Children and Young People Now Awards 2016.

Having worked with vulnerable and excluded groups of young people in Sheffield and South Yorkshire for fifteen years, Chilypep has been shortlisted for the Young Carers Award and the Health and Wellbeing Award at the national Children and Young People Now Awards 2016.

The awards ceremony will be held in London on 24th November 2016 where the winners will be announced.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the charity has also been granted £48,400 for an exciting pro- ject, Secret Sanctuaries in Sheffield. In partnership with the Wildlife Trust and led by young vol- unteers from the local community, the project aims to create safe, mindful and therapeutic green areas around the city to be used by all residents.


Commenting on the award, Lead Project Worker Keely Hardy said: “We’re really looking forward to working on this outstanding project, giving children and young people in the north of Sheffield the

opportunity to explore, develop and embrace the wonderful spaces of the north of Sheffield. Discovering the secret sanctuaries that we will find along the way will be an exciting opportunity for the residents and young people of Sheffield.”CYPN awards logo2014 Finalistenglish_compact_pantoneChris Smith, Senior Outdoor Learning Officer at the Wildlife Trust commented on the new project with Chilypep: ““Here at Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust we know that spending time in nature is a great way to improve your mental wellbeing, whether it’s bird watching, walking or just taking in the amazing views around our beautiful green city. We’re delighted to be working with Chilypep and the Secret Sanctuaries project will enable us to engage with more young people and get them out exploring their local wild places, reaping the rewards that nature has to offer and in turn sharing those experiences to help others”

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “There’s a common misconception that young people aren’t interested in natural heritage, but in our experience, they are incredibly passionate and enthusiastic. We want young people to explore the heritage that matters to them, and share it with everyone.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund are running a campaign, Yorkshire’s Back Garden highlighting aware- ness of Yorkshire and the Humber’s beautiful landscapes and wildlife – and helping local people to connect with them.

HLF want to encourage applications for funding from all champions of natural heritage, particu- larly small, local and community groups with projects that help raise awareness of the wildlife and nature to be found close to home. To keep up to date with the campaign on Twitter, follow @ HLFYandH and look out for #HLFnature.

New project to Improve Community Cohesion and support Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children and Young People in Sheffield

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Chilypep, City of Sanctuary, Who Is Your Neighbour, MESH and Voluntary Action Sheffield, are working together to develop a community cohesion project.

Please take a couple of minutes to fill in the short survey below to let us know what you think of this idea and please share far and wide to help us get as many views as possible on what we think could be a really fantastic and much needed project!

Rebecca Batley Live on the Radio!

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Rebecca Batley, volunteer for Chilypep and member of Young Healthwatch has been busy speaking out around mental health with the aim of #STAMPingOutStigma and encouraging services to better support young people in Sheffield.

Check her out on Sheffield Hallam FM where she speaks up and promotes Young Healthwatch’s mental health event that took place on 24th November 2015.

Look at Me Now! – the Booklet

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As we approach our ten year independence anniversary, (fifteen years since the project began!) we have been amazed at the number of young people and ex staff who have stayed in touch with us and often contacted us to tell us what they are doing now. We realised that the real impact of our work lies in the stories and recollections that they hold, how they now recognise what their involvement meant to them, and how it has helped to shape their lives and achievements.

Capturing their accounts of their time with Chilypep has been a wonderful boost to all of us trying to keep the organisation afloat in challenging times, reminding us of the true value of our work for the individual young people who engaged with the organisation.

We are often asked “What is the impact of your work?” and this is sometimes hard to evidence, as it’s only years later that we and the young people can see how they have benefited. We hope these stories will show how Chilypep has made a real difference to the lives of the people we have the privilege of working with.

Thank you to all the young people, volunteers and staff who have made this booklet possible, you continue to inspire us to keep going!

To order a copy of the booklet, in paper, ebook (mobi for Kindles and epub for anything other E Reader) or PDF formats, please follow the link below.

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Look At Me Now! – Fundraiser with the Free Radicals

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After last years success, we are delighted to welcome back the Free Radicals for our celebration of ten years work with young people.

The Free Radicals playing soul, funk and pop classics. The event is taking place at Crookes Working Men’s Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD on Saturday 17th October tickets available by or call 0114 2348846, or click on the Paypal button below

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Educate don’t Discriminate

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Foyez Sy, a member of the STAMP mental health participation group, is currently leading a campaign to get mental health on the curriculum. Foyez, is urging ministers to debate this issue in Parliament, calling for mental health education to be a core offer within schools and educational setting.

Foyez believes that “Introducing mental health education in schools will reduce the stigma of mental illness in society, help children deal with the modern pressures they face and will provide them with the advice they need to seek help rather than suffer in silence like I and many others have.”

Click here to sign his petition today and pledge your support!

Charlotte’s Chilypep Work Experience!

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Chilypep was lucky enough to have Charlotte on work experience with us for a week over June. Charlotte fitted straight into the team, getting stuck into a whole range of activities. Here’s her blog about her work experience placement – thank you Charlotte it was great to have you with us!

16th June 2015

On my second day on work experience with CHILYPEP I had a tour around the building by Chantelle so that I was familiar with the office and so I knew where everything is. I was glad to be shown around so that for the rest of the week I knew where everything was. I can learn for the future that any new staff in a workplace should be shown where everything is so their job is a lot easier. This tells me that if workplaces don’t do this then staff may struggle which could be very difficult.

Also, Chantelle asked me to photocopy her some certificates for young people. I didn’t mind doing this job as when you knew how to work the photocopier it was simple! Chantelle keeps copies of certificates to ensure that they have them for future reference. This is a good idea as you can give an accurate number each year of the number of certificates given out. This links to when CHILYPEP have a report or all project every year, they are able to say this. Then, I had to sort the certificates out and place them into envelopes to be sent to young people.

I completed a reflection of my day yesterday. This was to show how my day went, what went well and how to improve. I think this benefited me by using a good technique for later in life when at university. However, at some parts I found it difficult but was overall useful. I can learn that in the future that is how a university student should write their work. I can put this into practice when I attend college in September and when I go to university.

On my work experience I had to read a folder full of different rights policies. This was so that I was aware of my rights and what actions I could take if I needed to whilst on my work experience placement. I thought this was boring but it had to be done. I can learn for the future that I should have the chance to read the policies. This tells me that if I wasn’t being treated well as a worker this means I am able to refer to my rights. In the future I will ask to look at the policies so I am aware.

17th June 2015

Lesley asked me to produce a report for her for the project. The report is so that she is able to see what’s been done over the past year and to receive funding for projects within CHILYPEP. Producing the report was difficult at first as I didn’t really know what to do but after I understood it was a lot easier. I thought it was useful as I was able to see for myself what had been taking place in the projects. I can learn for the future that different charities and organisations will all have to show what they have done to receive funding.

Also, Laura asked me to research campaigns around transport for young carers which was a priority for the VOYCE manifesto. This was because she wanted to get information about ways of campaigning and to see what other projects have done similarly or differently. I found it useful to see what campaigns there were for young carers around transport but at times it was difficult to find out some information. I can learn for the future about different ways of campaigning in general. This links to the Scottish Youth Parliament who have campaigned and in Kent where they use free bus passes.

18th June 2015

At CHILYPEP staff had a meeting about different projects. This was to see what’s happening in the next year for all their projects. At the meeting I just sat and listened as I didn’t really understand some of the things that were said. I can learn from the future that planning what to do is useful. This tells me that workers should plan what’s going to happen so they know for certain what they will focus on. Changes I could make are if next time I could challenge workers on their ideas to develop more of an understanding.

After, I attended the carers and young carers board meeting. They spoke about recent updates on the board and I wrote notes on what was said. The meeting happens so that they can make changes for adult carers and young carers and to see what’s going well and what isn’t. I found the meeting interesting and useful to attend. I can learn for the future that at meetings I should make notes and attend meetings to represent my workplace. This tells me that workers should give updates to others so that different organisations can work together.

Then, I helped out at the VOYCE session where I lead an activity where the group had to create their own flag which represented them. I facilitated the activity to see what a worker has to do and I attended the group to help and see as a worker what the group was like. I found the session fun and respected by young people. I can learn for the future what a worker does in a project. Changes I could make are helping the young people by walking around asking if they’re OK.

Thank you.

By – Charlotte Kershaw

Emotional Wellbeing at Barnsley College

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NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group supported a pilot of this work from Chilypep to inform future plans for promoting emotional well being for children and young people in Barnsley.

They created this short film as part of their #Barnsley365in30 project – – 365 days rolled into the 30 days of June to coincide with their AGM.


Look At Me Now!

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Calling all Chilypeppers past and present!

Chilypep is turning 10 this year! To celebrate all the fab work that young people have helped us to achieve over the years we are calling all Chilypeppers past and present to join our ‘Look at me Now!’ Campaign…

We are asking young people how they were/ are involved with Chilypep, what they got from their ‘Chilypep experience’, and what they are up to now! We hope to be able to showcase and celebrate some of the fantastic achievements of the young people we’ve worked with, through the production of a ‘Chilypepper story book’, which will be launched at our celebration Gig on 17th October 2015.

If you are a Chilypepper who wants to share their story, or would like more information about the campaign or our celebration gig, then please get in touch!

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