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.
After last years success, we are delighted to welcome back the Free Radicals for our celebration of ten years work with young people.
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!
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!
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.
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!
As Carers Week 2015 comes to an end, Chilypep would like to say a massive thank you and huge well done to all the young carers who have worked so hard to make this week a success! At the beginning of the week we were proud to launch our Fixers young carers film, highlighting the lived experiences of young carers and the issues they face. It was great to hear members of VOYCE PG on the radio, sharing their stories and campaign ideas, be able to launch our young carers manifesto, and publicly showcase VOYCE PG’s campaigns work to date.
STAMP (support, Think, Act, Motivate, Participate) have recently been working with Fixers to create a film highlighting the experiences of young people around Mental Health. STAMP are all about using their own experiences around mental health to STAMP Out Stigma around mental health and campaign for change at a local and national level.
VOYCE PG have been working with Fixers to create a film highlighting the experiences of young carers. Fixers are young people using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them.
VOYCE PG have been working hard in the run up to Carers Week (8-14 June 2015) to showcase what it means to be a young carer. Thanks to Sheffield Showcase, VOYCE PG have managed to source a shop front on Pinstone Street in Sheffield City Centre, where they are showcasing some of their work. This includes their campaign posters, poetry highlighting the experiences of young carers and the issues they face, and photography and young carers stories that recently featured at the Children’s Society ‘Hidden 2015’ exhibition in London.
Why not go check it out!? The showcase will run from 3rd-14th June 2015. We’d love to hear your feedback @WeAreVoyce #WeCareDoYou?!