Our Voice Forum has been awarded a grant from the #iwill Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation. The Fund supports activities which give young people the opportunity to develop their character, build skills and engage them in the community.
Made up of young people aged 13+, the forum is a place for members to communicate with the aim of building a social network of peer support; learn life-skills; and develop confidence to reflect on their own mental well-being.
Meetings take place every two weeks for 1.5 hours during term time (19 meetings a year) and are interactive with some outdoor activities.
Programme outline over the 19 weeks includes:
Group forming, trust building
Communications skills: listening, starting a conversation
Out and about (meeting others)
Shared story telling
Filming each other
Out and about (gathering stories)
Out and about (sharing views)
Issues for the future
Review and what next?
New members are welcome and encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in being involved.