Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College are joining forces with Chilypep to make a brighter future for our community by donating the colour from the front of their new course guides to raise awareness of both mental health and mindfulness.

Chilypep are delighted to know that Barnsley College have kindly donated their colour from the front of the new course guides to Chilypep to not only encourage others to donate their cheerful colour, but to raise awareness of both mindfulness and mental health.

Emma Manser, Participation Project Worker at Chilypep, said: “At Chilypep we put the children and young people we work for at the heart of everything we do. We have had the privilege to work with staff and students from Barnsley College over the last five years thanks to our funding from Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.

“In this time, we have established a Peer Mentoring Programme, ran hundreds of Wellbeing Sessions and Workshops for students and worked with Barnsley Sixth Form College to open GAINSpace, a specific wellbeing room. Staff members have also had the opportunity to take part in mental health first aid training with us, so they are better able to support the needs of students.

“Through our OASIS group, young people from Barnsley have had their voices heard around changes they want to see made in relation to mental health awareness and support services for young people in the town. Chilypep is currently working on opening a Wellbeing Hub in Barnsley town centre which will provide a safe space for young people to drop in and access support and youth led sessions. We believe mental health is something that should be talked about and that all young people should have access to the right support for their mental health whenever they need it.”

Yiannis Koursis, Principal and Chief Executive at Barnsley College, added: “We believe that good health and wellbeing is essential for anyone to achieve their goals. We have a dedicated and award-winning team of people who make sure that students are supported to lead healthy and happy lives.

“Our aim is to make a brighter future for our community. We have taken a small step by donating the colour from the front cover of our course guides to raise awareness of both mental health and mindfulness. Making you happy and inspiring you to be the best you can be is our top priority.”

To encourage mindfulness, we’re running a competition where you can be in with the chance of winning some mindfulness goodies! All you have to do is colour in our course guide covers using pens, pencils or paint. Take a picture and upload to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram or send it to marketing@barnsley.ac.uk. The deadline for entries is Friday 9 April 2021.

The Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College course guides are out now, featuring a wide range of courses available for those ready to take their next step. Download a copy of the course guides at www.barnsley.ac.uk/get-a-course-guide

To find out more about studying at Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth Form College attend their virtual open event on Tuesday 10 November, between 5.00pm and 7.00pm, by visiting www.barnsley.ac.uk/virtual

Follow the link below to read more from Barnsley College:

World Mental Health Day 2020

This year we focused on campaigning online with young people, spreading awareness and positive tools to support emotional wellbeing and mental health and encouraging a mental health friendly and inclusive workplace.

Worked with Young People

Worked as a Chilypep Team

Worked with other services

Art By Frankie and Angel – OASIS

For World Mental Health Day 2020 Chilypep worked alongside young people, the Chilypep staff team and other services to come TOGETHER to share our supports for #WMHD2020

The Young People we work with…

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Art By Robyn – STAMP

The inspirational Young people we work with from STAMP and OASIS have been getting creative to campaign for

‘Mental Health for All’

We are all in this TOGETHER and TOGETHER we can bring about mental health for all.

#WMHD2020

Watch our Young People’s film:

Young People from STAMP and OASIS campaign together for ‘Mental Health for All’
Art By Georgie Lee – OASIS

Chilypep Team

Some of our staff from Chilypep took part in Mental Health First Aid England’s #MyWholeSelf campaign. We put all of our images TOGETHER to create a short film and encourage others to bring their whole self to work.

My Whole Self is calling on organisations to empower people to bring their ‘whole self’ to work because it’s better for mental wellbeing.

Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved at mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self.

Watch our Chilypep staff’s #MyWholeSelf film:

Working with other services…

Chilypep worked with the Barnsley 0-19 Public Health Nursing team and Barnsley CAMHS to share what they would add to the Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit to support positive emotional wellbeing and mental health.

TOGETHER we produced a short film that also encourages others to share their top tips with us!

Watch our working together film:

Working Together – What would you add to your own MHFAK?

Other useful resources:

Barnsley 0-19 Public Health Nurses

Find out more about who they are and what they do by watching their short film below:

Watch the Barnsley CAMHS video:

Our digital Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit was last updated in May 2020! You can download the Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit here:

https://www.chilypep.org.uk/uploads/Chilypep%20Mental%20Health%20First%20Aid%20Kit%20May%202020.pdf

Download the Sleep Toolkit here:

https://www.chilypep.org.uk/uploads/CHIL%20sleep%20toolkit%20FINAL.pdf

Young People’s Mental Health Passport

The ‘My Mental Health Passport’ website is a free space where young people can describe their experiences, preferences, emotions and feelings in a confidential environment. It’s been designed by young people for young people, so they can have more control over their information and their own stories. They’ve also added an emoji journal so young people can keep a track on mood or experiences between appointments to give a truer reflection of how they have been over the course of a week or a month.

When, where and how young people share their personal information in the passport is up to them- but it will hopefully help them manage difficult conversations with professionals.

The website also includes a ‘Help and Advice’ section, with a list of other websites that can offer help and advice, even if your not logged in.

You can visit the website at www.mymhp.org.uk

Become a Barnsley Young Commissioner!

Chilypep have an exciting opportunity for young people that live in Barnsley!
We want to work with young people to help shape local mental health support and services in Barnsley! 

If you’re a young person that would like to be involved, we’d like you to contact Chilypep staff – Chantelle or Charly via e-mail/call/text!

We can send you an expression of interest form and arrange to talk to you about the opportunity.

The training may involve a mix of online and face to face sessions, however we aim to facilitate the training face to face in a Covid secure way from a central Barnsley venue.

All young people’s travel expenses will be reimbursed. 

Do you work with young people in Barsnley? We’d like to attend any young people’s sessions that services/organisations may be hosting online to promote and talk about the opportunity! Get in touch and let us know if we can attend and answer any questions you may have!

 chantelle.parke@chilypep.org.uk or charly.calpin@chilypep.org.uk

Or fill out our expression of interest form by scanning the QR code here and we will be in touch soon!

In memory of Simran Rattu

Simran Rattu

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our friend and colleague Simran Rattu died on 1st August 2020, following a long battle with a complex range of medical conditions, secondary to an autoimmune disease.

Simran came to work with us in as an intern in 2018 when she was studying for her BSc degree in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. She helped us to improve our policies and procedures around volunteering. From the very beginning she really impressed us with her sharp thinking, attention to detail and her grasp of the work we do with young people at Chilypep. She had great empathy and was a joy to work with. When she finished her 130 hours internship she asked if she could continue to volunteer for Chilypep – and we were very glad to agree. Simran maintained her contact with us even when she was working for other organisations or working on her Masters’ degree, which she started last year. We will really miss her.

One of the things Simran did while she worked with us was create a short questionnaire to ask young people what Chilypep meant to them, and she created a wordcloud from their responses – so many of the words in the wordcloud apply to Simran!

Simran’s parents have set up a crowd funding page on Justgiving in memory of Simran and will be donating the money raised to Chilypep and Sheffield Mind (where Simran started working this year).

If you would like to donate and see more about what a fantastic and inspiring person Simran was, the link is https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/simran-rattu

STAMP take over Chilypep’s Social Media!

On the 20th July STAMP took over Chilypep’s social media platform’s, they shared some of their highlights, achievements, recommendations as well as what they’ve been up to over the 2020 Pandemic.

Chilypep’s STAMP project will be taking over our social media this week. Look out for throwbacks, tips and creativity from our wonderful young volunteers!Who are STAMP?STAMP (Support, Think, Act, Motivate, Participate) is a group of young people aged 14 – 25 who work to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people across Sheffield. We do this by campaigning for change and working closely with mental health services to get young people’s voices heard and make a positive change!

Here’s a video we made for our 2019 AGM.

We made a film about things we had done that related to what we stand for: “Support, Think, Act, Motivate, Participate

STAMP AGM FULL 2019

Here's a video we made for our 2019 AGM. We made a film about things we had done that related to what we stand for: "Support, Think, Act, Motivate, Participate"Here's an overview…Support: The mental health passport, check it out at https://buff.ly/2WnF221 Think: Delivering workshops on 'how to meaningfully involve young people' at the NHS summit to over 150 professionals. Consulting with young people at the Sheffield well-being festival. Interviewing staff at CAMHS.Act: Making a welcome film for young people who have been admitted to the Becton centre for children and young people (CAMHS inpatient hospital). Art and activism.Motivate: Planning, running and evaluating our YOUth MATTER event. #WeWill campaign.Participate: Work with services around effective transitions for young people. Training staff across children's and adult services. FUN.

Posted by Chilypep. on Monday, July 20, 2020

“Here’s an overview…

Support: The mental health passport, check it out at https://buff.ly/2WnF221

Think: Delivering workshops on ‘how to meaningfully involve young people’ at the NHS summit to over 150 professionals. Consulting with young people at the Sheffield well-being festival. Interviewing staff at CAMHS.

Act: Making a welcome film for young people who have been admitted to the Becton centre for children and young people (CAMHS inpatient hospital). Art and activism.

Motivate: Planning, running and evaluating our YOUth MATTER event. #WeWill campaign.

Participate: Work with services around effective transitions for young people. Training staff across children’s and adult services. FUN.

During lockdown some of our STAMP members have been working hard on certain activities and challenges, here’s a few certificates to celebrate their hard work! 😁🌟🌠💚

STAMP have come up with some ideas that you could add to your morning routine, that are good for your wellbeing…

Over the past few months we have been giving STAMP a creative word challenge. They were given a word and explored what it meant to them and created something about it. Let’s throwback to these creations around the word ‘STAMP’ from Ester, Jia and Leah…


As part of STAMP’s social media takeover, we thought we’d tell you all about The Mental Health Passport 😊 It was created by us for young people! Throughout the day we will be sharing information on why it is important and how to sign up and make your own passport #STAMPtakeover#MyMHP

So what is the My Mental Health passport? Why might you find it useful?

You might be thinking how can I make my own Mental Health Passport, all you have to do is follow these steps!

How and why did STAMP come up with the idea of creating the Mental Health Passport?

We hope by creating the Mental Health Passport, young people will feel more in control of their own information and don’t have to keep repeating themselves. Please spread the word and check out the MyMHP website: https://buff.ly/32opzT4

For the last few years STAMP have planned, facilitated and evaluated their own consultation event, YOUth MATTER. Young people aged 14-25 are invited to creatively share their views on topics that are important to young people. So far we have consulted on: mental health and services in Sheffield, our manifesto for mental health, tips for friends and family, social media and much more! After each event a report is written up and shared with services to influence change. See the last few years reports here…2018 https://buff.ly/2WjvYer

If you would like to see our 2019 report please contact olivia.harvey@chilypep.org.uk

Due to lockdown we had to cancel our 2020 event. But watch this space and hopefully we’ll be able to return in 2021!

STAMP have been busy gathering young people’s views and experiences around mental health to create our refreshed Manifesto for Mental Health. But, what is a manifesto? and what will it be used for? Let’s explore…




⭐️World mental health day 2019 ⭐️

Interchange put on a fabulous event! They invited other Sheffield charities to have interactive stalls and to get involved with performances. It was great seeing all the young people perform and share their stories. We also were able to talk to lots of young people to get more voices heard for our manifesto mental health 😁

Barnsley College Peer Mentors take over Chilypep’s social media!

On the 27th July the Barnsley Peer Mentor Project took over Chilypep’s social media!

This saw throwbacks to many Peer Mentors achievement’s as well as key highlights and an insight into what they’ve been up to over the 2020 Pandemic!

So what is a Chill Peer mentor and who is Pedro? 😁🐧💙

So, What is a Peer Mentor and what training do you get to become one?…😁🐧💙


The Chil Peer mentors have organised some amazing events from big celebrations of world mental health day, workshops, pride events and stalls at College/Sixth form wellbeing fairs/days. Here’s just a couple of memories from some of the events they have done in the past 😁🐧💙

On Wednesdays the Peer Mentors meet (during lock down the fun hasn’t stopped and we have continued on zoom) with other students of Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth form, to do some fun creative wellbeing activities. We have done so much in these session from making our own wellbeing buddies, bath bombs, sleep sprays, decorated our own sleep masks, vision boards and so many other creative wellbeing activities (lots you can find the instructions for in the Chilypep mental health first aid kit).😁🐧💙

Last year, the CHIL Peer Mentors created the amazing #youaremorethan campaign. This campaign was promoted around Barnsley College and Barnsley Sixth form, to help student’s + peers emotional wellbeing around pressures they may be facing. Remind yourself just like this poster that YOU ARE MORE THAN… Your grades! 😁🐧💙

Two of our Peer Mentors Hannah and Melissa have provided some recommendations around music, film and books to share with others over the lockdown period and beyond…

The mentors have kept busy during lockdown, which included virtual wellbeing sessions and even BAKE Off Week!


BRV takes over Chilypep’s social media!

Here’s a snapshot of our highlights!

The BRV (Belonging, Resilience, Vocabulary) project works with a group of young men and boys in Sheffield and Barnsley to help them achieve a sense of belonging, resilience and improved understanding of themselves.Through group workshops, art and photography sessions, the boys and young men will explore and enrich their emotional intelligence.They will engage with themes such as personal and group identities, health and wellbeing, how to manage difficult emotions, citizenship and core values. All of this will help them navigate adolescence and help them aspire to positive futures.Through BRV, boys and young men can learn the tools and techniques to recognise, communicate and manage their emotions, and realise their capacity to become active, empowered citizens.

You may have seen BRV at a conference hall, school, college or community hub near you!

BRV Project Worker Corey is taking us on a journey to explore Yorkshire Wildlife in lockdown with Adrian…

More of Yorkshire’s Wildlife….

A sweet bee on it, possibility Lasioglossum malachurum or sharp-collared furrow bee but I’m not 100% certain. Buzzards, Buteo buteo flying high above the Dragonfly pond.Toad, Bufo bufo & Face off between Anax imperator and a Common Blue Damselfly.

BRV Project Worker Marcus takes us to the beach with this beautiful clip of the sea water running over the sand. Breathe, watch and let your worries wash out to sea.

BRV at the beach

Today BRV Project Worker Marcus is taking us to the beach with this beautiful clip of the sea water running over the sand. Breathe, watch and let your worries wash out to sea.

Posted by Chilypep. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020
BRV virtual seaside

Join Marcus at the seaside -RELAX, Be Kind to Yourself

Posted by Chilypep. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Corey and Alex chat about getting active, staying motivated and running marathons!

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Corey and Alex chat about getting active, staying motivated and running marathons! 💪

Posted by Chilypep. on Friday, August 7, 2020

Lastly, we finish our BRV highlights with more beautiful photographs captured over the pandemic with a Male Scorpion Fly, could be either Panorpa communis or P. germanica, A Sloe bug, schnura elegans damselfly resting on grass flowers and a tortoiseshell butterfly!

Sheffield Healthy Holidays Activity Guide in The Star featuring the Chilypep/OASIS Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit

#SheffieldHealthyHolidays

What is Sheffield Healthy Holidays?

Be active, eat well

The aim of Sheffield Healthy Holidays is to make sure that children are happy and healthy during the long summer break, with activities to get moving and recipes for lots of fun!

Bored? Confused? Nothing to do? Sheffield Healthy Holidays has something for you! Join their online club with loads of FREE activities from circus skills to Bollywood dancing, craft, science, sport and loads, loads more!


There are great prizes too, with a chance to win every time you share a picture or video of your new skills!

How can I get involved?

  • Take a look around their website and try one of the workshops.
  • Pick up a copy of The Star on a Monday (from 27 July) for 16 pages of fun activities to try at home or in the local park.
  • Take a look at the Partners list below to find your nearest Hub for a full list of local activities.
  • Follow them @SheffieldHealthyHolidays for up-to-date info.

Issue #1 of the Activity Guide to get started – Featuring one of the Chilypep/OASIS Youth Mental Health Guides!

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Issue 1: https://www.sheffieldhealthyholidays.club/course?courseid=issue1

Issue 2: https://www.sheffieldhealthyholidays.club/course?courseid=issue2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sheffieldhealthyholidays

Twiter: https://twitter.com/shefhealthyhols

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sheffieldhealthyholidays/ 

Hashtag: #SheffieldHealthyHolidays

Pride Month

By Shuheb Miah

Pride month, which is also informally referred to as Gay Christmas, says the Financial Times is a month of jubilant celebration and commemoration for members of the LGBTQ+ community and for all who support this. This is a time for individuals and groups of people to feel ‘pride’ in recognising their identities with other people and groups in collective happiness. This year unlike no other is a move from the conventional pride parades, but the solidarity of a community is being lived on in virtual platforms still awakening the inner pride in people if not doing so to a greater extent.

LGBTQ+ pride in Sheffield is using its main page to plan for pride next year in 2021 after its April announcement to cancel the pride parade this year, to prevent of putting vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community and communities in general advocating pride month at risk. With the switch to online meetings being held every Monday on zoom, ideas and plans of action are underway and the thrill is apparent. This includes events like bucket shaking- to gather money for charities to support LGBTQ+ people and the euphonious gathering of huskers- plans to assemble for the parade and skilled performers and also food and art stalls. This thinking ahead for future festivity just comes to show the sheer determination and drive to look forward in the excitement and uproar of pride.

By no means does this mean the festivity and celebration would not continue, only in a different fashion. Despite the plug being pulled, The Drum- an online marketing and multimedia site presents how LGBTQ+ celebrations and events have made full use of this unprecedented time to allow a ‘pride for all’ dubbed by Pink News. Particularly using zoom via their respective websites and social media; online events and pride bodies are underway with a ream of events like drag tutorials, music, art sessions, online poetry and photo essays/story reveals and impressively online pride marches as well as sessions with celebrities in a panel, to talk about people’s views during Pride in lockdown. And even the leading pride media brand #YouMeUsWe has moved events virtually like their digital hubs as places of inclusion and expression for different LGTBQ+ groups but centred in the sentience of one big community in bliss together in a shared virtual space.

The spirit of pride and more so the force of a community has always been there and will always be sustained in the hearts of many even in lockdown. It has brought out a greater sense of inner pride in us all while living through a time that may have seemed bleak and full of darkness. But despite this, there is that aperture of light that shines through as hope in the form of community, identity and the rallying of a group in a time like no other.

Furthermore, we can see this as a monumental opportunity to mark the 50th anniversary of Pride month’s golden jubilee and the 51st anniversary of the 1969 stonewall riots- depicted in Ibram X. Kendi’s mesmerising book on How to be an Anti-racist- which was against the barbaric actions and racism of the police in that time and the rising up of the black community. A year later in 1970 New York, came the inaugural pride event led by a march across the city. This was said to be the spark that set in motion the formation of gay rights. These two grassroots events according to the BBC- laid the foundation to two legendary and celebrated  communities to this day and the heroes that have lived with us for the last 50 years both in the spirit of pride across two communities and in the fight for equality.

In solidarity with the Black lives matter movement and the rebound to police racism and brutality today, like the Insider’s focus on the heart-breaking deaths of two trans black women in America, the pride lives matter movement stand in solemn cohesion. More than anything in this time of lockdown, human rights have never been clearer. On one hand, it’s important to see pride month as a time of joy and togetherness, but also looking back at the historical roots, laid bare by a journey of adversity, discrimination and difficulty but also defiance led by resistance and a fight for social justice for the black community rights alongside LGBTQ+ rights. The contrast and grounding should act as reminder and message to us all for years to come.