We are proud to have worked with many inspiring schools and settings from a range of sectors across the UK. Here is a selection of recent early prevention projects and case studies.
We have developed a number of large scale social impact programmes to prevent mental health problems in children and young people, through both direct wellbeing interventions and workforce development to increase the capacity and capability of the children’s workforce. We have collaborated on targeted interventions for young people at risk of developing mental health problems in a range of settings.
Below are details of just some of the organisations we have partnered with, and the projects we have collaborated on.
Funded by Sam West Foundation we are working in partnership with TKAT Multi Academy Trust in Kent to provide our Wellbeing Ambassadors Programme to 13 Secondary and Primary schools within the trust for two years.
Dame Alice Owen’s school in Hertfordshire, trained 70 Sixth Form students to be peer mentors and support year seven with the transition to secondary school and prevent mental health issues. Their Wellbeing Ambassadors programme has had a huge impact in supporting students to belong at school.
We delivered our resilience skills workshop to year 11 students in partnership with study higher and Oxford University. The workshop was delivered to several secondary schools at an online raising aspiration day. This event was part of a universities outreach programme, which aims to support children through school and into higher education across Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
Delivered our two day online Positive Psychology Coaching skills training for the Youth Offending Service team of 25 staff at Enfield Council. The practical and tool-based training enabled the YOS team to integrate coaching skills into their practice and to build on their trauma-informed approach to supporting young people in the criminal justice system.
Anne Marie Knowles, headteacher and senior mental health lead at Hazlehurst primary school in Bury, Greater Manchester – and one of Wellbeing Club’s founding members – shares how being a member and using our training and recourses have helped them to how there are provide their own early prevention provision.
Worth-it are really excited to be taking part in this year’s national mental health and wellbeing festival, Now and Beyond on Inside Out Day. It’s a one-day event, held during Children’s Mental Health Week on 9th February. The festival is organised by the charity, Beyond, which formed in 2018 to support mental health and wellness in educational settings. As part of the festival, you’ll be able to access FREE wellbeing resources developed by Worth-it.
We are currently working in partnership with Warwickshire Young Carers to provide a programme of coaching for young carers to support their supports the mental wellbeing and resilience of young carers. We have been providing coaching and group work support to young carers since 2019.
Currently working in partnership with My Time Young Carers to provide 1-2-1 online coaching sessions as part of their level up programme for young carers in Dorset.
Working in partnership with St Helens Core Commissioning Group, in partnership with St Helens Local Authority and the Department for Education, have commissioned us to deliver a bespoke training programme to support the wellbeing of children and young people in the St Helens school and college community.
All schools in St Helens – primary, secondary and FE colleges – will be provided with a wellbeing toolkit including an online programme where participating members of staff can access a 5-hour online programme where they’ll learn more strategies for teaching wellbeing plus tips and ideas for embedding it as a consistent approach to supporting pupils mental health and wellbeing in their school or college.
The mental health and social change charity, Platfform, commissioned to deliver coach training to their staff in Autumn last year (2021). We trained a group of 12 Platfform team members over 8 weeks and have recently spoken with Sarah Hamilton, Young Person’s Project Manager at Platfform, to find out how the coach training has impacted the work they do.
Worked in partnership with The University of Hull and the Humber Outreach Programme to provide resilience workshops for secondary schools and school staff training and CPD on how to support pupil and parent resilience and wellbeing. Developed tailored support packages of training and intervention for 12 secondary schools across North Yorkshire, the Humber and North Lincolnshire.
We are very proud to say that one of our team, Claire Harrison, represented us as a Volunteer Judge at the Diana Award 2020. An award that is awarded to outstanding young people who selflessly create and sustain positive social change. This resulted in us delivering Wellbeing and Resilience workshops with the Diana Award youth champions.
This example explores the impact of our Wellbeing and Resilience Workshops with children at Caldecote Primary in Leicester City. These workshops have been have been delivered as an ongoing mini programme of targeted prevention over the past two years.
We provide annual workshops to student teachers on the University of Nottingham PGCE program, supporting them gain strategies to develop their own wellbeing as well as support pupil wellbeing with classroom strategies for both primary and secondary stages.
Worked in partnership with both Tameside and Glossop CCG and Tameside Metropolitan Borough council to provide young person's voice workshops and ongoing support to help with the development of a community based early intervention and prevention service designed and procured by local young people.
Rainey Endowed School is a secondary school based in Northern Ireland. Our Wellbeing Ambassadors programme was delivered in house. This example highlights how the programme supported students to improve wellbeing even during lockdown.
In 2017, Carla Lawes, the Assistant Head and Senior Mental Health Lead at Alderman Richard Hallam Primary attended a training course that was the basis for our Wellbeing Club. Since then, they have consistently built and embedded their whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. Improving attainment, attendance and behaviour as well as improving staff wellbeing.
Worked in partnership with Healthwatch Dorset to provide training workshops for their young person's voice to help with the improvement of access to mental health services for young people.
In partnership with CLCH Academy providing a bespoke programme of workshops to Public Health Nurses and Health Visitors to help them develop strengths based strategies for wellbeing. The aim of these sessions is to support front line practitioners gain strategies to effectively manage wellbeing using applied Positive Psychology Interventions.
In 2017, the Leicester based Odyssey Educational Trust set out to integrate wellbeing and resilience into their junior and infant schools. Their aim, to develop the mental health of their staff and pupils. Since then, by implementing focussed policies and projects, the trust has successfully embedded wellbeing and resilience into their ethos, culture and curriculum.
In partnership with Stoke City Council YOT we delivered our Wellbeing Ambassadors programme in two secondary schools. The project empowered groups of students to lead peer-to-peer support projects that built school belonging and connection to provide early crime prevention to vulnerable young people in the community.
In collaboration with Worth-it since 2017, Lutterworth High has been developing and embedding a school-wide approach to resilience and positive mental health. With the help of our consultancy and training, Lutterworth High has restructured its student support services, up skilled pastoral staff, and the wider staff team, and embedded strategies for resilience through policy, processes, and the curriculum.
Working in partnership with Kids Inspire between 2016 and 2019, we provided a group work personal development coaching programme that provided practical early prevention for mental health problems. We trained a group of Kids Inspire Coaches to run our FIRST coaching programme for young people in central Essex.
The Oval Learning Trust is a multi-academy trust of five small rural primary schools in North West Leicestershire. Funded by Leicestershire County Council’s Shires grant, Worth-it provided training and support to develop a trust wide approach to developing sustainable wellbeing that positively impacts the family and community.
As part of an event funded by the Learning South Leicestershire Secondary Headteacher forum, each South Leicestershire Secondary school brought their year 10 pupils to celebrate Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing. During this event, Worth-it worked with Leicestershire Nutrition and Diet Service and the Learning South Leicestershire School Sports Partnership to provide workshops on mental wellbeing and resilience.
As part of an innovative coaching programme for young people in care and with a range of risk factors, Worth-it trained the Essex early prevention team at The Children’s Society in our coaching at risk young people training. This was part of their 'Inside Out' Coaching programme.
The City of York Council commissioned Worth-it Positive Education CIC to work in partnership with the School Wellbeing Service to develop a peer support programme, to provide young person led early intervention and prevention within different settings including schools and colleges. This project was known as Mental Health Champions (MHC) and was developed and delivered in schools across York.
In partnership with Form the Future, a company that increases employment opportunities for young people and prevents young people becoming NEET, Worth-it provided a mix of face-to-face and online training in mentoring skills and how to build resilience in young people to all business mentors. This was part of Form the Future’s school mentoring scheme which ran for two years, until the project ended.
Worth-it provided training in ‘Coaching for Resilience’ to a national team of support staff from P3. This provided the team with skills that allows them to use a coaching approach to build service user resilience and help prevent them becoming homeless.
In 2018, Worth-it Positive Education CIC was commissioned to develop and deliver a train the trainer programme of our Wellbeing Ambassadors Programme in partnership with Bedford Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and local schools. Key members of staff, such as CAMHS school link and early help team from the local authority, were trained to train peer mentors within schools.
Funded by West Leicestershire CCG and as part of the Future in mind children's mental health transformation plan, Worth-it lead a programme that helped build a whole school approach to resilience for 20 schools in Leicestershire and Leicester City. The project involved: training for teachers, a child voice survey and focus groups, and a toolkit of resilience and wellbeing resources for schools.
We provided a student teacher wellbeing workshop to Early Years and Primary stage student teachers during the preparing for the NQT year conference. This session introduced them to strategies to support their own wellbeing as they started their career in teaching.
Funded by Charnwood Borough Council and NW Leicestershire District Council early help grant, we provided a programme of six 1-to-1 coaching sessions for young carers aged 13-19. These focusses on their confidence, responsibilities, communication and expressing their feelings. We delivered 45 coaching sessions to 15 young carers, resulting in decreased symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety as well as improved positive behaviour.
As part of the Calderdale Wellbeing Project, Worth-it delivered multi school training to increase capacity within schools to improve mental wellbeing and prevent mental health problems. We also intensively supported several Calderdale secondary schools develop whole school wellbeing.
Funded by West Leicestershire CCG, we ran our First programme for young people in the communities of Charnwood and NW Leicestershire. An emotional wellbeing programme for young people, we delivered our FIRST programme 6 times between 2014 and 2016, supporting 60 young people who were struggling with poor emotional health and wellbeing.
In partnership with Leicestershire County Council Public Health and Leicestershire Healthy Schools, we delivered our workforce development training to the children and young people’s tier 1 workforce for three years. The training increased the workforce’s capacity to improve the wellbeing and resilience of children and young people across Leicestershire.
With the aim of preventing and diverting young people from offending, reducing crime and anti-social behavior (ASB), the objective of Worth-it’s commission was to help young people to change their thinking and behavior and to positively impact on the home environment, creating whole family change.
Worth-it worked in partnership with youth work organisation Go-Getta CIC through the Leicestershire PCC Grant 2015/16-2016/17 for interventions that pro-actively reduce anti-social behaviour in designated locations in Charnwood.
We delivered 1-to-1 coaching to 21 young people in Charnwood, Leicestershire, providing targeted wellbeing support in schools and the community to young people struggling with poor mental health and wellbeing. The support helped them to engage more in school and access support for their mental health