Chilypep win Voice and Influence award at VAS Make A Difference Awards

Chilypep young volunteers pose with their award at the ceremony.

Chilypep have been announced the winners of the Voice and Influence award at the VAS Make a Difference Awards.

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 22nd December. The awards organisers, Voluntary Action Sheffield, say the ceremony is to showcase the work of dedicated organisations and individuals in the city who work to improve the lives of others.

The Voice and Influence Award, sponsored by the Business Improvement District (BID), recognises the importance of people’s engagement in local democracy and the vital role people play in giving others a voice to influence the city.

Chilypep Participation Project Worker Ellie Munday said:

“We are thrilled to have won the ‘Voice and Influence Award’, as this represents exactly what Chilypep is all about! The voices and views of young people influence everything that Chilypep does, and this award is a testament to all their amazing, creative ideas and hard work across all of our projects.”

Chilypep have been working with young people across the city to make sure their voices are heard around issues that are important to them.

Chilypep project member Beth Goodwin said:

“What a phenomenal achievement and great recognition for the hard work we do at Chilypep to change services for the better. Our voice and influence as young people really does make a difference and this has been showcased in winning the award. What a brilliant end to the year!”

Chilypep’s Sheffield-based Projects have been campaigning on improving mental health services for young people, healing community divisions and empowering women and girls. 

Chilypep’s purpose is to give young people in Sheffield and Barnsley the platform and the power to realise the potential of their own voices and have influence over decisions that affect them not only at a local level, but also nationally.

Chilypep staff and young people celebrate after their win.

 

 

 

 

Chilypep Shortlisted for Voice and Influence at VAS Make A Difference Awards

“Women’s rights are human rights.” – Chilypep have worked with young people to campaign on many issues that affect young people in the city including women’s and girls rights. 

Chilypep have been shortlisted for the Voice and Influence award at the prestigious Voluntary Action Sheffield Make A Difference Awards.

the ceremony will take place on the 22nd November and will honour the individuals and organisations working in the city do make a positive difference in the lives of the people of Sheffield.

The Voice and Influence Award, sponsored by the Business Improvement District (BID), recognises the importance of people’s engagement in local democracy and the vital role people play in giving others a voice to influence the city.

The award will go to the organisation or individual who have campaigned and supported people to have their say on issues that are most important to them.

Chilypep Managing Director Lesley Pollard said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award. We are particularly proud to have worked with such amazing young people over the years who have been so passionate about making a difference and getting their voices heard and have a real impact in so many ways both locally and nationally. This recognition of their work and that of our amazing staff is a real morale booster in these challenging times.”

The Awards will take place at the Octagon on the 22nd November.

Upcoming Chilypep Events: Songs for Chilypep and our Annual General Meeting

Here at Chilypep we want to extend a warm welcome to all our supporters, young people, friends and those interested in what we do and how we help young people to our upcoming events this autumn.

CHILYPEP AGM

Monday 1st October 2018 from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm
 
The Conference Suite, Barnsley College, Old Mill Lane, Barnsley S70 2YW
From 4pm onwards
Come along and see our display stalls, presentations and films to find out about what we’ve done over the last year!
Meet young people, staff, volunteers and trustees and take part in some fun consultation activities!
 
SONGS FOR CHILYPEP
Saturday October 6th at 7.30pm
The Hubs, 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield
Join us for an evening of song performed by Caritas Harmony and supported by Sheffield Socialist Choir Performance includes classics and popular well loved tunes! The proceeds from the event will be donated to Chilypep, the Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project
Buy tickets £10 here on ‘Songs for Chilypep.’
We look forward to seeing you and sharing our work with you!

OASIS group encourage men to speak out this World Suicide Prevention Day

This World Suicide Prevention Day Chilypep’s Barnsley-based OASIS group came together to spotlight the stigma surrounding young men and boys’ mental health and encourage them to talk about their feelings.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 50 and the OASIS group want to help those feeling desperate to reach out and ask for help.

To add their voices to the #AlrightPal campaign supported by Barnsley Council, the OASIS group created the following video clip to demonstrate the different ways people react to men opening up.

The first scenario in which a young man admits to a friend that he is feeling low shows a series of negative, stigmatising responses such as ‘man up,’ ‘get over it,’ ‘you’re bringing everyone down.’  The second scenario offers more supportive, encouraging responses.

Click the link below to listen to the audio clip.

You Alright Pal Video

The video is part of the OASIS group’s larger, ongoing campaigning around mental health. The group are currently working on their own campaigns to help young people like themselves find their inner hero and see the positivity in mental health.

LISTEN: Chilypep on BBC Radio Sheffield talk social media and mental health

STAMP group member Alex Somerset and Chilypep Communications lead Rebecca Cooke in the BBC Radio Sheffield talking to Howard Pressman.

As part of BBC Radio Sheffield’s ‘Heads Up’ week of special content around mental health, Chilypep were invited to talk to Howard Pressman about social media and the effects it can have on young people’s mental health.

STAMP group member Alex and Chilypep communications lead Rebecca Cooke visited the Sheffield studio.

 

Listen below here:

Chilypep BBC Radio Sheffield Heads Up

Or visit www.bbc.co.uk/radiosheffield to listen to the full show.

Empowerment through poetry

At Chilypep we believe in empowering young people to take positive actions and affect change in their own lives.

Empowerment can take many forms. Whether that’s writing a letter to your MP, taking part in a political demonstration or singing a song about something you believe in. But whatever form it takes, empowerment is all about expressing yourself.

Shannon, a 20-year-old member of the OASIS Group in Barnsley says that she enjoys writing poetry as a distraction and a way of working out her feelings about her mental health.

This powerful poem was written by Shannon and shared with Chilypep for our blog.

Shannon’s poem is a letter to her anxiety

 

 

 

 

DOWNLOAD: Top tips for supporting a friend poster

The top tips aim to give you ideas to support a friend who may be struggling with their mental health.

As the saying goes, the little things make a big difference.

That’s why we’re releasing our Top tips for supporting a friend poster to download on our website now.

Each of the top tips on their own may seem like a small gesture, but to someone struggling with their mental health, it can mean a lot.

From listening without judgement, making a cup of tea or taking part in creative wellbeing activities from our Mental Health First Aid Kit 

There are plenty of tips to help you be there for friends and people that mean a lot to you, who may be struggling, to let them know that they are not alone and help improve their wellbeing.

You can download the poster from the Resources and Reports page of our website.

Preview of the Poster

Chilypep group highly commended in national awards for Mental Health First Aid Kit

Chilypep’s OASIS group on stage at the awards ceremony with the Mental Health First Aid Kit

OASIS, Chilypep’s  Barnsley-based mental health action group were highly commended in the first National Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Awards.

The awards ceremony was held at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday January 6th and was the first Positive Practice awards to celebrate the work of children and young people across the country who have worked to improve services for their peers struggling with their mental health.

OASIS were shortlisted in the Innovator of the Year category for designing and developing the Mental Health First Aid Kit   in 2017, which launched at Chilypep’s #NotJustMe event on World Mental Health Day.

Chilypep launched the Mental Health First Aid Kit officially on World Mental Health Day.

“We’re delighted to have been highly commended for such an amazing award,” OASIS Project Coordinator Chantelle Parke said.

She continued, “The young people in the OASIS group have worked incredibly hard over the past year to end the stigma around mental health and improve services for other young people in Barnsley. It’s great to see their efforts recognised and is something that will be a positive memory for them as they move forward with their campaigning.”

OASIS Group member Abi with the certificate of commendation at the awards at Albert Hall in Manchester

The OASIS Group meets every Thursday at Horizon College in Barnsley to work on campaigns and engage in lively discussion around how to improve local mental health services and influence the national debate about young people’s mental health.

To find out more about the group or get involved head over to the OASIS project page. 

Chilypep’s OASIS Group nominated for National Award

Members of the OASIS group campaign to improve mental health services for young people.

This article originally appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle on December 29th by Lynsey Bradford 

A Barnsley mental health group for young people is in the running for a national award.

OASIS, which stands for Opening Up Awareness & Support & Influencing Services is a Chilypep group based in Barnsley which aims to give young people a say in how mental health services are run.

The group has been shortlisted for ‘Innovator of the Year’ in the national Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards.

The award recognises children and young people who have taken the lead in planning, organising and delivering projects with a goal to help organisations such as schools, to promote positive mental health and inspire hope in children and young people.

OASIS Lead Project Worker Chantelle Park at the launch of the Mental Health First Aid Kit on World Mental Health Day 2017.

OASIS has developed a Mental Health First Aid Kit which was launched in Barnsley on World Mental Health Day in October 2017 and aims to make mental health more visible in public spaces and help young people struggling with ill mental health to ask for help.

Lead Project Worker Chantelle Parke said: “The shortlisting is a credit to the hardworking, passionate and creative young people in the OASIS group and their commitment to finding new and exciting ways to end the stigma around mental health and improve services for young people. The launch of the Mental Health First Aid Kit was a huge success and we look forward to seeing how it will be taken forward by schools, colleges and mental health services in the future.”

Patrick Otway, mental health commissioner at Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a real credit to the young people involved in OASIS. Speaking up and getting involved isn’t always easy and they have really done themselves proud this year.”

The winner will be announced at the awards on January 6th.