Community Award Winners!
Boys In Mind/Girls Mind Too is the winner of the Charity of the Year in the Bath & North East Somerset Community Awards!
We are absolutely thrilled that the hard work of our team during a difficult year has been recognised with this award. Councillor Dine Romero made a surprise guest appearance at our most recent team meeting to present the award to our delighted team which had everyone cheering and applauding in their own little rectangle of the Zoom call, with several team members already planning on sipping victory lemonade from the engraved vase that accompanies the award.
Award nominees are judged on the unique, innovative, and distinctive nature of their work, their impact over the last year, and how their organisation contributes to and benefits the local area so it is of great cheer to all of our team members, both adults and youth advisors alike, that their hard work and powerful contributions have been recognised with this award. Councillor Romero said the judging panel had been extremely impressed with our work and praised the involvement of children and young people in all aspects of our organisation. She highlighted our continued work during lockdown as being particularly impressive when our Getting Through This Together film project gave a platform for young people to provide advice to each other on keeping physically and mentally active.
Click here to watch the award being presented.
August has been a time for reflection throughout the team as we have assessed our work over the previous year in order to write the Boys In Mind/Girls Mind Too 2020 Impact Report.
We work to reduce stigma around mental health, challenge unhelpful stereotypes, present positive images of boys and men, and ultimately reduce suicide. Our Impact Report shows how we have worked to meet those aims and faced the challenges of the last 12 months.
Compiled by contributors from all areas of our organisation, the report highlights that our impact can be seen in the sustainable changes that have been implemented by our partner schools, and in the accessibility and uniqueness of our online resources. Click here to read the full report.
Our wonderful team of youth advisors welcomed a new addition this month as we appointed Finn, a 9-year-old pupil at Swainswick School in Bath, as our first Primary Champion.
As a youth-led organisation, young people are actively involved in all aspects of our work from planning to delivery and everything in between. Finn joins our diverse group of youth advisors to provide advice on primary school issues and will participate in our fundraising team.
Finn, pictured having his first team meeting as Primary Champion with fellow youth advisors Henry and Gabe and our coordinator Kate, has been involved with Boys in Mind for two years and played an active role at our conference in 2019. He contributed to our Getting Through This Together film project during lockdown and recommends a monthly challenge for our news page.
Role Models: Q & A
Role Models Q&A Back Next Month…
Our Role Models Q&A series is on summer holiday this month, but you can find the full back catalogue of thought-provoking conversations on our website.
During the last year we have heard an intriguing range of stories from men who provide positive role models for young people, including a volunteer mentor, the Director of Public Health for BANES, the founder of a charity, the manager of a vital community hub, the Mental Health Team Leader at Bath Spa University, and many other inspirational people.
Our most recent edition caught up with Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol. Click here to read his Q&A. The other stories are accessible through the drop-down menu at the top of the page.
Black Lives Matter - The Effects of Racism
Our latest film – Black Lives Matter – explores the racism and trauma experienced and observed by five young people from the Bath & North East Somerset area . They discuss recent events, in particular the murder of George Floyd, the lasting effects of racism, the importance of the BLM movement and what they feel needs to happen in the future, including in schools and any work environment.
Eli, one of our Youth Advisors, who led the film project says :-
“This is an important film for me and everyone involved. A chance for us to reflect on times where we felt we didn’t belong here. I wanted to create a platform for me and my friends to talk about the difficulties we have sadly faced growing up. We hope our stories encourage other young ethnic minority people wherever they may be to always stand up for themselves and what they believe in. We have a voice – Black Lives Matter.” Watch the film here.
BiM now Available on
The Boys in Mind/Girls Mind Too social media empire expanded in August as we launched our very own YouTube channel, which will work alongside our website as well as our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. We set up the channel following feedback from our team of youth advisors about how we could broaden the audience for our films and make them more accessible to young people.
We are going to upload all of our films, both old and new, so please subscribe and share. We need to gain 100 subscribers to qualify for a personalised YouTube URL so the more the merrier!
Join us by following this link and don’t forget to Subcribe, Like and Share.
BiM features in TES
With the imminent return to school for many teachers and students, Kate and Richard from the BIM team have written an article about the benefits of our whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing for the Times Educational Supplement.
In the article, they highlight the importance of involving the whole school community of staff, students, and parents to best implement a whole school approach. They also provide crucial advice about ensuring that the student voice is listened to in a productive way and discuss the key steps to take when developing a whole school strategy and emphasise the benefits gained from doing so.
Read the full article here.
September will see the start of an exciting new BIM project as we debut our new series of live webinars. Developed in response to the increase in demand for online resources following the lockdown, our youth advisors have created a webinar in which they discuss how to involve young people in implementing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health, described by OFSTED at one of our lead schools, Beechen Cliff, as “remarkable”.
We are going to test the webinar in front of an audience of team members at the start of the month and will premiere the webinar for a wider audience later in September. Keep an eye on our social media for ticket information, or register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more information about the Whole School Approach here.
Finn's Next Challenge
Last month, Finn, our new Primary Champion, introduced his new monthly challenge with a great idea for a “Happy Jar”. This month, he’s back with a new challenge!
“Do an act of kindness for someone every day this month. It can be as simple as giving someone a compliment, doing a chore around the house, or making someone a cup of tea. I always feel happy when I have done something nice for someone else – see how it makes you feel too.”
If you think you can meet Finn’s Challenge, why not try getting sponsored to do it? You can raise funds for Boys In Mind while also sharing around acts of kindness! It’s quick and easy to set up a fundraising page by clicking on the Start Fundraising button on our JustGiving page.