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.”

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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.

LISTEN: How does it feel for young people transitioning through mental health services?

Chilypep is working with the Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) to help them come together and improve the process of moving through mental health services for young people.

Often, young people find that they become distressed and frustrated when moving through the services  as they have to answer the same question several times to several people, fill out a lot of paperwork that can be confusing, and feel overwhelmed by what feels like a barrage of information and intrusive questioning before they can get the help they need.

Chilypep project worker Sian Beynon presented the above audio clip at a conference with CAMHS and AMHS where STAMP group members consulted on how to improve transitions between services for young people.

“It can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience for young people to move between services,” says Sian.

“They are at a point where they need to feel heard and understood by the organisations and services they’re in contact with and it can  be a barrier to getting help when the processes aren’t in place for a smooth transition from different services or when leaving CAMHS and accessing AMHS. That’s why we’re working to improve this transition, based upon the consultations with young people and what they have told us.”

The audio clip above is an audio representation of how it feels, the kind of thoughts and questions young people have when moving through services or accessing them for the first time.

 

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.

Chilypep Shortlisted for two national awards and wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Chilypep has been shortlisted for two prestigious Children and Young People Now Awards 2016.

Having worked with vulnerable and excluded groups of young people in Sheffield and South Yorkshire for fifteen years, Chilypep has been shortlisted for the Young Carers Award and the Health and Wellbeing Award at the national Children and Young People Now Awards 2016.

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