Chilypep Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Due to the current situation around Covid-19 (Coronavirus) we are following UK government guidance and  Chilypep are suspending our delivery of training, face-to-face group work and one-to-one sessions until the end of April. We are setting up virtual ways working with our young people using online/remote engagement. This will include our social media groups, phone and texting, virtual groups using tools like Zoom.

Staff are working from home and will remain in contact with young people and be available for virtual meetings and conversations with our partners and colleagues.

We are looking at ways to support young people who are affected by the current situation, and those who might want to get involved in helping others in their communities, and more information will be available soon about what this might look like.

We understand that this situation might affect people’s mental health and wellbeing and are doing everything we can to support our young people and staff through this.

Please contact our staff using their email or mobile numbers, or contact us through our email address if you need to contact us.

Here is some useful information for young people about the coronavirus and how they can look after themselves during this time.

There is a guardian article that explains more around how the virus is causing additional issues for those living with, or in recovery from OCD:

The advice and tips on handling these anxieties and pressures:

An article here from Chief Exec of OCD-UK (with lived experience): – information about coronavirus in 20+ languages.

Self-isolation may be a particularly difficult time for those who are living in abusive households, and are afraid of being isolated with their partner or family member(s). Support for you is still available and you are not alone. 

IDAS run domestic abuse helplines in Sheffield and Barnsley and can be called 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturdays. IDAS are also running an online chat on their website ( between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays.

Sheffield: 0808 808 224

Barnsley: 03000 110 110

National Domestic Violence Helpline (24/7): 0808 2000 247

Ellie takes on ‘Medal a Month’ challenge in 2020!

Chilypep Project Co-ordinator Ellie Munday will be taking on the ‘Medal a Month’ challenge in 2020: completing 12 running events in 12 months and raising funds for Chilypep as she does it!

Starting on 12th January with the Tatton 10k, the challenge will see Ellie taking on three Half-Marathons, the Sheffield 20k Round Run, an Inflatable 5k in Manchester and a handful of 10k and 10 mile races across South Yorkshire and beyond.

Ellie says:

2019 was the year I fell back in love with running after setting myself the challenge of running both the Sheffield and Nottingham Half Marathons. For 2020, which happens to be the year I turn 30 (eek), I wanted to challenge myself further by signing up to a competitive race in every month of the year – and why not try to raise some money for an incredible charity whilst doing this?

 I have worked at Chilypep for over 4 years, so I get to see first-hand the difference the organisation makes to the lives of some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Sheffield and Barnsley. As a small charity (with big ambitions!), all donations mean so much to us and the young people we work with.”

Ellie is funding all race entries, travel and accommodation costs, so 100% of all donations will go directly to Chilypep.

To pledge your support and get behind her please donate at:

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Help us create a wellbeing HUB for children and young people in Barnsley by supporting Chilypep’s Crowdfunder!

The 0-25 Wellbeing Hub for Children and Young People in Barnsley will be a safe place for children and young people to access support, take part in therapeutic activities, meet other young people and find services that support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The Hub will operate out of the YMCA building, offering a central location for young people… what we need now is to work with young people and local communities to do the space up, decorate and make it the space for young people in Barnsley! That’s where we need YOU! Chilypep are hoping to raise some much needed cash to do the space up… think DIY SOS!

A bit more about what we hope the Hub will offer to children and young people…

The Hub will work with key services such as MindSpace, SPOC (Single point of contact), and CAMHS as well as other local services and young people and parent groups. 

The Hub will be will have flexible opening times to suit the needs of young people and will offer;

Information and drop in support

Advice and signposting

Self help strategies and interventions

Online support

Wellbeing Café

Social Enterprise 

Volunteer programmes

Youth-led activities, including voice and influence opportunities for young people around mental health

We will work with a steering group of young people to enable us to continually create new activities to engage young people and support their emotional wellbeing.

To find out more about Chilypep and Mindspace, two of the charities involved, please visit: and

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The Chilypep 2020 Calendar is out!!

Please donate to Chilypep this Christmas and receive our fantastic Chilypep 2020 Calendar as a Thank You! With artwork by Paul Allender, a local artist, and designed by Amber Scarfe from Chilypep, it will make a great gift!  Please go to our donate page at: Remember to give us your address so we can post it out to you! Thank you, and Happy New Year to all our supporters! A donation of £8.00 will cover the cost of our calendar and to post it out to you!

STAMP Launch ‘My Mental Health Passport’

At a time when young people’s mental health and wellbeing is regularly top on the agenda, Chilypep, have designed a secure website to help young people track their mental health in their own words. 

The STAMP (Support, Think, Act, Motivate, Participate) group designed the digital mental health passport to help with transitions from service to service. These upheavals can often be difficult and challenging – especially when someone is living with a mental health problem.  Young people have said that meeting new people and having to repeat a sensitive story can be distressing – they loose track of who knows what, and what they’ve said.

Transitions is recognised as a big issue for young people and mental health services are constantly looking for ways to help young people navigate the complicated move from children to adult services. Sheffield CCG managed to secure a small pot of funding from NHS England to develop this website.

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.

We would appreciate your help in spreading the news about ‘My Mental Health Passport’ in whatever way you can. You can visit the website at

Chilypep’s OASIS group stand up for mental health at Mayor’s Parade

Members of Chilypep’s Barnsley-based OASIS group campaign for better mental health services for young people.

Chilypep’s OASIS group, made up of Barnsley Young Commissioners aged 14-25, took part in the Mayor’s Parade in Barnsley while handing out mental health goodie bags.

The group are now now getting ready to hold an event called Be-You-tiful Minds, which will take place on Oct 10th, World Mental Health Day, at the Learning Lab at Barnsley Museums.

The event, taking place 1pm – 5pm, will bring together young people, parents and members of the community alongside Chilypep, TADS and other services.

Beth Godcliffe and Davina Sands, 22 and 21 respectively, are both part of OASIS.

Beth, of Staincross has been involved with the project for over a yea and Davina for over two years.

“It’s a great project and I think my favourite thing is working with others to see a positive outcome,” said Beth. “Who better to deliver service improvement than those who have been involved with the services?

Davina of Monk Bretton added: “For the event on World Mental Health Day we wanted to create a sort of interactive exhibition, on how we can focus on young people better. We are trying to change how people are going into services, so that is why we are working with a lot of services including the public health team.

“Mental health is such a taboo subject, but not talking about it isn’t doing anything and it doesn’t mean there aren’t issues there. It’s so important to let services know what they can do to help.”

On World Mental Health Day, members of OASIS are encouraging people to wear yellow, which links to Young Minds and its #HelloYellow campaign.

OASIS members meet each week at Horizon college in Barnsley.

Chantelle Parke, participation and mental health training co-ordinator for Chilypep said: “The young commissioners from OASIS are truly dedicated to making positive change in the support and services young people get for their mental health. I see their passion and dedication weekly, and how they always go above and beyond to make sure their voices are heard.”

For more information about the OASIS group, head to our project page.

Chilypep’s STAMP Group highly commended at Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards

STAMP Group young person Alex with the group’s Highly commended certificate

Chilypep’s Sheffield-based mental health action group STAMP have been Highly Commended at the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2019.

The STAMP group, which is a participation group run by Chilypep, aims to engage young people meaningfully in improving mental health services for young people.

They received their commendation for their work to improve the experience of transitioning from the NHS’ Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services. After listening to lived experiences of young people who had felt that their experience transitioning was difficult and stressful, the group has been working with CAMHS staff to ease the transition process.

The Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative is a user led multi agency collaborative of seventy-five organisations, including  NHS Trusts, CCG’s, Police Forces, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups.

The annual awards recognise national excellence in both children and young people’s mental health and adult mental health services.

Chilypep’s RUBIC Group celebrate two years of achievements

Chilypep’s RUBIC group came together in an evening of celebration of the achievements of those who have taken part in the project so far since it began in April 2017.

The project is a four-way partnership between Chilypep, MESH Mediation Sheffield, City of Sanctuary Sheffield and Who Is Your Neighbour.

The Rubic project takes a holistic approach to improving integration and easing tensions surrounding community cohesion in Sheffield using safe space community dialogues, awareness raising sessions, support groups and the Community Leaders programme.

The celebration event was an opportunity for people who have taken part in different aspects of the project to come together to meet one another, share their RUBIC experiences and learning and receive certificates for their achievements.

The evening was attended by over 40 people including participants from every aspect of the RUBIC project.

This included young people who had completed the Young Community Leader’s course for 2017/2018, adults who had completed the Community Mediator’s course for 2017/2018, a representative from the first school in the RUBIC area that had achieved ‘School of Sanctuary’ status through their work with City of Sanctuary and young people who had taken prat in Chilypep residential.

Young people who have been attending the ‘Happy Group’ which supports young asylum seekers and refugees throughout the year were also there representing the work the group has been doing.

The evening showcased a presentation written and performed by some of the RUBIC participants which, in their own words, gave a flavour of how their involvement with the project has impacted their lives.

There was also a presentation of ASDAN and achievement certificates by The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Magid Magid. His commitment to supporting both the refugee and asylum seeking community as well as young people made his presence at the event all the more meaningful and everyone there were delighted that he was able to offer his support.

The event was supported both by Shirecliffe Community Centre who provided refreshments and all the attendees were able to enjoy catering provided by Open Kitchen Social Club, a Sheffield based project which provides food and support for asylum seekers in the City and helps to sustain the project by catering for outside events.

Bethani, a Young Community Leader said ‘My favourite thing about the RUBIC project was meeting new people of a similar age. Also another thing was the people leading us were amazing. One of my most memorable sessions was when we had to work together to make a plant but instead we debated about politics!’

Tina, a Community Mediator in attendance ‘I enjoyed meeting new people, learning new skills and incorporating them into my previous experience. It has helped with my volunteer post (TARA) and I can now help with community cohesion.’

The RUBIC Project will run until 2020. For more information please head to

Barnsley Chronicle: An Oasis has been founded for youngsters

Chilypep’s OASIS group have been hailed Barnsley Young Champions 2019

A GROUP of young people have come together to spread awareness of mental health.

The Oasis group (Opening up awareness and influencing support) is made up of young people aged 14 to 21 who work alongside various mental health services in a bid to improve the support that is available for children and young people who require help.

The group, made up of 18 members, meets weekly at Horizon Community College and they are trained as young commissioners under the ‘Future In Mind’ local area transformation plan and work in Barnsley and at national level.

It is funded through the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group and led by Chilypep (Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project).

Oasis has participated in projects with Barnsley CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), MindSpace and Barnsley Hospital women’s/maternity and Children’s departments.

It also campaigns to make things better for other young people in relation to key issues that are important to them around mental health.

The OASIS group at a stakeholder delivering their feedback

Its dedication for change and active role within the community, campaigning for better service provision for young people suffering with mental health has been recognised by Chantelle Carmen Parke, the participation and mental health training coordinator for the Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project, and she nominated them for a Young Champions award under the Young Team of the Year for Community category.

She said: “The young people in Oasis have their own lived experience of mental health, accessing services and support and have a passion for making change in mental health and they are truly an inspiration to work with.

“They have worked locally and nationally, working with the Royal College of Psychiatry to have young people’s voices heard within the implementation of the Mental Health Support teams in schools. They have also worked with NHS England to plan the Youth Summit Event around the NHS Long term plan in regards to children and young people’s mental health. Oasis work incredibly hard and they are passionate to make a positive change.

“For a lot of them they are speaking from experience which drives them to work and enforce what they do and it empowers them as well as helping their mental well-being.

“The group work incredibly hard and they deserve to be recognised for the difference they are making not just locally but nationally to help young people suffering with mental health.”

Mental Health Apps: What do young people think?

Mental Health apps are increasingly being used by young people as an extra form of support.

For young people struggling with mental health there’s a new form of support becoming widely available. Not a therapist in a doctors office or a traditional service, this type of support comes from their smart phone and can be reached anywhere there is an internet connection.

2018 has seen an increase in the number of apps available aimed at young people to help support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

A rise in young people experiencing ill mental health along with severe cuts to services which would traditionally support them has lead to in increase in the number of apps available as well as the number of those downloading and using them. But are they a suitable substitute for traditional support? Which apps should young people use? Where can they find them?

Chilypep spoke to the young people we work with in Barnsley, aged between 15 and 19, to find out what young people really think about this digital support network and found mixed feelings and opinions.

“I think it’s good thatyoung people are turning to self-help methods. It’s easier to access support and self-help on phones and apps especially out of hours.” Said one young person.

Another young person commented “It’s good that we can get some help at anytime through the use of apps but it’s bad that we can’t get that help in person.”

When asked whether the young people found the apps personally helpful one young person said: “Sometimes but not when I’m at crisis point, you need to be calm enough to be rational and able to concentrate to use and understand the apps.” Another said: “I use them as they can give good advice but aren’t always helpful.”

The young people said that some of the most commonly used apps they has personal experience with were Alive, Safety Plan, WYSA, and Calm Harm.

Chilypep have been working with young people in Barnsley with funding from Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group to develop resources for young people experiencing ill mental health.

This includes the groundbreaking Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit which launched in October 2017 and the Open Up Barnsley Directory or mental health services. This includes a guide to young people mental health friendly apps and websites. You can find the Open Up Barnsley Directory here.