On Friday 28th April a team of year 10 girls presented their idea for improving the emotional health and well-being of young people. The competition, now in its 8th year, seeks to encourage young people to find solutions to local problems and is run by Nottinghamshire County Council, Ashfield Community Safety Partnership and Mansfield Partnership Against Crime initiative with support from Nottinghamshire Police. Schools from the Ashfield area take part and present their ideas to a panel of esteemed judges. This year the panel included ex Holgate student and Ashfield councillor Nicole Ndiweni, Dan Howitt, Head of Research and Information from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Jane Case from Young Minds.
The Team Peer2peer had worked for a number of weeks both in lessons and giving up their own time to plan and prepare a workshop that can be delivered to year 6 students to raise their awareness of the impact of social networking apps on peoples emotional health and well-being and to develop their skills in managing situations arising from social media apps. The workshop which includes an original drama written by the students followed by a range of activities led by the students includes hot seating and role play to encourage the young people to not only consider the consequences of their actions but to build their resilience in dealing with problems. The workshop is due to be trialled later this term with year 6 students from Holgate Primary School.
Dan Howitt (Head of Research and Information from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner)
Gabrielle Jones (Nottinghamshire Youth Commission Co-ordinator)
Councillor Nicolle Ndiweni, (Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Engagement, Ashfield District Council)
Jane Case (Northern Hub Manager, Young Minds)
David Sneath (High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire)
Paul McKay (Service Director – South Nottinghamshire & Public Protection, Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection, Nottinghamshire County Council).
Comments made by the judges on Holgate’s entry included:
“They had a unique way of delivering the messages”
“I liked the hot seat approach”
“If kids relate to the character this would work well”
“A workshop to develop resilience to the pressures of social media makes it clear they have addressed the resilience element of the work.”
So huge congratulations go to Milly, Rochelle, Tia, Beth and Beth for presenting their idea to the rest of the child development group for their work in planning and preparing the workshop materials
Congratulations to Ashfield school on their winning entry and to Quarrydale for their amazing video which won the innovation award and the student choice award.