Getting crafty with fundraising for Chilypep

Sarah Penn’s knitted tissue pockets raised £100 for Chilypep at the end of 2018

Happy new year from everyone at Chilypep! We want to kick off 2019 with some fantastic fundraising news. 


One of our  fantastic supporters has been getting creative with her fundraising for Chilypep and has made these sweet stitched tissue holders. 
After working her magic with her knitting needles Sarah Penn sold her adorable tissue holders and made an amazing £100 for Chilypep. 


Sarah said: “I got the idea to make the tissue pockets when I was thinking about ways to reduce the amount of plastic that I use. I always have a pack of tissues in my bag, but they are wrapped in plastic from a bigger plastic covered packet. I knit lots of socks and try to find ways to use the spare bits of  amazingly coloured yarn. Putting those two thoughts together seemed obvious, and I did some experimenting!”


Sarah sold the tissues at an event at the end of last year called Crafty Crawl which involves people in her community in York making craft items and selling them in their homes. 

Commenting on why Sarah chose to support Chilypep Sarah said:
“I wanted to support Chilypep particularly because life can be really difficult for children and young people, especially nowadays with so many pressures. I’ve heard about the way you work to help them develop a belief in themselves and skills which will benefit them throughout their lives. I think you also have greater impact because you help schools and other organisations to look at how they can listen to young people more effectively too.”

We love it when our friends and supporters get creative with their fundraising. If you want to find out how to fundraise, get involved or volunteer with us head to www.chilypep.org.uk/donate

Chilypep celebrates year of mental health training in Barnsley

Chilypep’s Barnsley Training Co-ordinator Chantelle Parke with the Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit.

As 2018 draws to a close Chilypep are celebrating a fantastic year of delivering mental health training in primary and secondary schools and the children and young people’s workforce across Barnsley.

Training Co-ordinator Chantelle Parke said:

“We’re dedicated to raising awareness and improving access to support for young people experiencing mental health problems and our training is a vital part of that commitment.  The data shows that after receiving training people feel more confident in providing support for those experiencing a mental health issues and crisis intervention skills. We hope that they take this knowledge forward into their every day lives. Together we can build a more mental health friendly society. ”

We’ve made a list, and checked it twice, and these are the official figures for our training since 2016.

Transitioning from secondary school to college: a young person’s story

Melissa’s personal story of transitioning from secondary school to college.

MDR Transition video

Change can be scary. One of the biggest changes young people face in their lives can be transitioning from one school to another, primary to secondary and secondary to college.

Young people need to feel supported and encouraged during these stressful transition periods in order for them to make the most of these opportunities for new experiences.

Our CHIL Peer Mentors in Barnsley College have been working on telling personal stories about transitions to let other young people know that they’re not alone and that many young people have the same fears and anxieties about transitions as they do.

In response CHIL Peer Mentor Melissa Jane put together this personal video about her transition from secondary school to college.  Commenting on why she made the video Melissa said: ” I wanted to share my experience because i thought it would help others my age and be relatable.” Click here to watch the Melissa’s Transition video

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