Northern Ireland Project
Lewis, the 17 year old relative of close friends of Kate, the Boys in Mind Co-ordinator, tragically took his own life 4 weeks ago. Lewis’s family had heard of Boys in Mind and wanted donations to be made to our organisation, so we set up a JustGiving page for them. In just a month £8,819 has been donated. We have been in close contact with the family and have earmarked the funds for a project in Northern Ireland, details of which we’ll share in future news pages. This is a very sad and stark reminder of why Boys in Mind was set up.
Here’s the JustGiving link for the Northern Ireland Project.
GTTT Project Update
Our Getting Through This Together film project has focussed on encouraging children and young people to share, via film, how they are keeping physically and mentally healthy during lockdown.
This has been a very successful and popular project. The 39 films completed so far have involved 42 children and young people and have gained over 25,000 views.
There have been a variety of issues discussed and topics have included cooking, sport, nature, the importance of the outdoors, helping around the home, music, connecting up with friends, and getting your daily CLANGERS (Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give, Eat well, Relax and Sleep). Go to our Facebook page or click here to see our films
BiM on the BBC... again!
Stoke City fans William (age 6) and John (age 69) were interviewed about their #GettingThroughThisTogether film on BBC Radio Stoke. Presenter Matt Sandoz played the film and then chatted to the pair about what they miss most about their Saturday football trips and how they are keeping in touch during the lockdown. John has also written a blog on our website about their experience making the film. To read John’s blog click here and you can listen to the interview below:
Alternatively, click on the link to go the the BBC website: Click here
May Q & A - PC Sam Hodson
For this month’s socially distanced Q&A, we had a fascinating phone interview with PC Sam Hodson of Avon & Somerset Police. We discussed the impact of mental health challenges on his work and where officers go for support. He also told us how Bath has been “eerily quiet” during lockdown and how the pandemic has changed how they operate. You can read his story here.
This Month's Blogs
This month, we’ve added another two blogs to our growing library. In the first, Levi beautifully explains how important and influential the gaming community is to many people’s lives during this time of social distancing.
While John talks about the impact the lockdown is having on the young lives of his grandchildren and in particular, his grandson.
In this heart-warming piece we are reminded that, during this difficult time, the love for our family and the sacrifices we must make to keep each other safe have never been so important. Go to our Blog Page to read Levi and John’s blogs.
We are all delighted with the news that Leo, our Youth Advisor Charlie’s son, was born on May 4th. Congratulations to Charlie and Dani and we look forward to meeting Leo as soon as we are allowed.
Another New Arrival...
This month we would also like to welcome Enya, the latest addition to the Boys in Mind team. A passionate advocate for issues surrounding mental health, Enya will be working with the other youth advisors helping boys and young men to challenge negative male stereotypes. Click here to see Enya’s Getting Through This Together film.