We work with both students and teachers on creating change-makers that will help shape the future for young people where open discussion on emotions and feelings has acceptance. Our workshops cover a range of thought provoking topics including migration, disability and being a young carer and the impact this has on our mental health and well-being.
“We are proud to be working with Manisha Tailor MBE and have the support of The FA on this flagship programme which focuses on developing champions of character who aim to be champions of change – changing attitudes towards living with mental health issues. Utilising the medium of football the young men from Reading School are passionate about being advocates and ambassadors for tackling mental health. The key message is that it is good to talk and important to listen. We need to listen to young people and act to support them.”
Ashley Robson Headmaster Reading School
“We aim to remove the stigma around mental health problems in young people. Sport is universal and a great medium for change in attitude about universal health problems that many people experience. All around the country, sport is an outlet for stress relief and expression so if we can harness sport’s power then we can change the game.”
Champions of Character student body“Manisha’s ‘Child in Mind’ workshop enabled children from Years 1 to Year 6 to better understand their feelings and emotions through safe discussions and role-play. The contexts of these workshops enabled the children to be very open and honest about their emotions regarding a range of sometimes very personal and challenging circumstances. Through these workshops, both teachers and students learnt more about themselves, about resilience and about the importance of mental well-being. Many of the insightful comments from the children regarding how they feel their lives have changed for the better when they utilised resilience will stay with me for a long time.”Kathryn Raney, Year 6 Teacher, Wilberforce Primary School