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.”

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 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.

Chilypep girls march to Reclaim the Night

Chilypeppers marched in solidarity to Reclaim the Night.

Saturday November 25th marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Chilypep marched with young women and girls through Sheffield as part of the Reclaim the Night Women’s March.

Armed with protest signs and placards made during sessions with Chilypep around women’s and girl’s rights, the girls marched along with supporters and representatives from Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Students Union and the campaign group This Girl Can.

The march was organised in support of the elimination of violence against women and as a call to end street harassment so that all women and girls feel safe walking the streets at night.

Chilypep Project Worker Ellie Munday said: “There was a great atmosphere and sense of solidarity on the march. It was great to give these young women the chance to get involved in what was, for some of them, their first political action.”

Some of the art work created by the Chilypep girls’ group was exhibited in The University of Sheffield Student’s Union to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Artwork by the Chilypep girls’ group was exhibited in The University of Sheffield Students Union.

Chilypep Project Worker Ellie Munday leading a session with the girls’ group to create protest banners for the march.

“Women’s rights are human rights.”

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the 2018 Representation of the People Act in which women in the UK were permitted to vote for the first time. Chilypep will be exhibiting at Weston Park Museum to commemorate the victory for women’s rights and celebrate a proud history of political action.