Coast to Coast with Beechen Cliff School
In October 26 students from years 10 to 13 at Beechen Cliff School took on the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle challenge, which involves cycling the best part of 100 miles from Ilfracombe to Plymouth. This is an annual challenge undertaken by the school and this year they decided to raise funds for Boys in Mind. They raised an incredible £2,000 , at the same time spreading the word about our work amongst their friends and families and no doubt on the day of the ride .
Comments from students taking part :-
“There were many points in the day where when powering up long inclines in the cold that I questioned what on earth l was I doing, cycling 100 painful miles up hills in Devon. However, the teachers and friends made each second possible and worth the pain. With beautiful Devon views and the sun rise in the morning it’s a day I will never forget. I got to know lots of people that day that I had never talked to and they were all so welcoming and inviting. It was also good to hear about ‘Boys in Mind’ and the incredible things they do for young people. My legs and padded shorts did not feel so incredible afterwards but it was worth the effort.”
“Hitting many hills like the ascent out of Hatherleigh is a beast which kills the legs and Brent Tor just adds to the fatigue, but once you’ve reached the top there is a sense of accomplishment for everyone. Especially if there is a pasty waiting like there was in Okehampton. When you see the signs to Plymouth Hoe you gain the certainty of knowing it’s nearly done. It was good to cycle along the carpark and watch the sunset over the horizon after a long day in the saddle.”
Our Youth Advisors are working on our first Boys in Mind podcast. If you know any groups of young people who are interested in being involved in a podcast, please let Henry know via firstname.lastname@example.org
Solution Focused Training
Eight students from Beechen Cliff’s 6th Form well-being team and members of the Boys in Mind team spent 3 hours on Saturday morning learning about the values and principles behind Solution Focused Practice.
This very practical session, delivered by Tara Gretton, gave participants an opportunity to rehearse conversations with friends or family members who might be struggling. Everyone who attended said they now felt much more confident to have those conversations.
Jimmy Deane - Q&A
This month, we catch up with Jimmy Deane, sportsman and founder of Sporting Family Change who talks to Boys in Mind as part of our ongoing series of Q&A features which talks to local people who are trying to make a positive difference in the area.
Jimmy talks about how he set up Sporting Family Change and how they aim to change lives through positive experiences and the importance of kindness when dealing with others. He also shares some of the lessons he’s learned along the way. Follow the link below to read the full article.
Start the New Year with a good night out and join us for our first fund-raising event of the year. Everyone is welcome to our quiz night at Widcombe Social Club, raising money for a good cause.
The Importance of Friendship
St Michael’s Junior Church School pupils and staff have made a film about the importance of friendship, exploring how boys and girls ( and male and female staff) support each other.
Over 20 staff and children played a part in making the film, which had its premiere at a “Red Carpet Event “ led by the school Equalities Team. Children from the Team, who were involved in all aspects of the film project and in planning the event said “ The main message of the film is that you can talk to your friends or share with a teacher when you’re struggling, and to make people understand it’s important not to bottle things up and enjoy life”.
They also presented the film in a whole-school assembly and asked everyone to share it with their friends and family .
Film Projects Update
There is lots of work going on in schools where film projects are being developed in collaboration with children and young people at Ralph Allen , St Laurence, Welton, Twerton Infants , Norton Hill and Elmfield School for Deaf Children.
We are also developing film projects with young people and their families at Tanner’s Walk in Twerton, Paulton Junior School and Ralph Allen School.Films will be featured in future news pages and will be uploaded onto the website.
New blogs for December
This month we bring you another two amazing blogs from young people.
Emma and Maddie talk about why our Boys in Mind work is important for girls and young women and how it can can guide them to support the men in their lives.
Will talks about how being in an abusive and manipulative relationship affected him and impacted on the lives of those around him.
Another new addition to our web site is our new “Get involved” page, with details of how you can make the most of the Boys in Mind resources or to support us more actively.
The page includes information about our films and blogs as well as links to the CWMT website which has some great fundraising ideas. Follow this link for more details.
As we approach the end of what has been a very busy year, the team at Boys in Mind would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2020 as we continue with our work helping young people deal with issues around mental health.