Activist in Residence project – round 2 now open!

Activist in Residence project – round 2 now open!

Resilience Revolution – Activist in Residence project

The Boingboing approach to resilience is about “beating the odds, whilst also changing the odds”. This means that as well as creating opportunities to bounce forward through tough times, we take action together to change what it is that makes things tough in the first place. We have been exploring the potential of activism to promote good mental health through positive action (beating the odds), whilst also tackling injustice and issues that can impact so negatively on our mental health (changing the odds).

The Activist in Residence project is an opportunity for young people in Blackpool to work with a ‘host’ organisation that can support them to develop and deliver an activist campaign.

Age: 16 – 25

Time: Full or part time for 1 – 4 months

Pay: living wage (£9.50 per hour) with additional funding available for campaign resources etc.

Recruitment for round 2 of the Activist in Residence project is now open! There are two ways you can get involved as a youth activist:

1. We have organisations ready with specific residencies in mind, so see if either of the ideas below fit with what you are passionate about. If they are, get in touch.

Environmental Activist in Residence at Victoria Hospital

The NHS has a huge carbon footprint, which is why the Blackpool Victoria Hospital is looking for someone who is passionate about the environment to shake things up. The hospital has a new green plan, but does it do enough? Can you think of creative ways to use the hospital to get your message out? Do you want your voice to be heard by those at the top making the decisions? Then get in touch!

Co-production Activist in Residence at the National Institute for Health and Care Research

Health inequalities in the UK mean that some communities have much worse health than others. This is unfair and avoidable, and is something the National Institute for Health Research wants to improve. One thing they are focusing on is how to better involve communities in research. Because of this, they are looking for an activist who can challenge their ways of working to make sure that co-production is embedded in what they do. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, give us a shout!

 

2. If you have your own idea for a campaign, then tell us about it by sending us your Hope for Change . If it’s something we are able to support in this round then we will match you with the best organisation to host your residency. – RESIDENCY CALL IS OPEN! Check out the brief for an overview of what it’s all about and get in touch with us to talk it through if you wish.

 

We need to hear from you by midday on July 1st to be considered for a residency. Contact Henry with ideas or questions on [email protected] / 07999467704.

We believe in the power of the collective and know that this project has the best chance of achieving change when it is surrounded by allies and supporters. There are loads of ways to contribute from shouting about it to others, to connecting people up, to mentoring a Youth Activist or taking part in a skills swap. Whatever it is you think you can offer, get in touch.

Activist in Residence – let’s make it happen

An activist is someone who sees something wrong in society, and wants to help change things for the better. 

Activists do all sorts of different things. They organise community groups, they lead marches, make films and talk to politicians. 

The point is that anyone can be an activist. Maybe you’re worried about knife crime. 

Maybe you’re concerned about homelessness. 

Or perhaps you think we’re just not doing enough to protect the environment. Whatever it may be, if you want to do something about it, then become an activist, and help us to make a change.  

Resilience Framework Co-produced with Children in Blackpool

Resilience Framework Co-produced with Children in Blackpool

The Resilience Framework for Primary School children was co-produced by the Resilience Committee at Marton Primary School, Blackpool. The Marton Primary School children learned some valuable resilience and technological skills during the process, which involved rewording some of the items in a more meaningful way for the children, and we think it looks fab! Also available in Danish, German and Polish.

Blackpool Co-produced Family Resilience Framework

Blackpool Co-produced Family Resilience Framework

A group of parents and carers from Blackpool, known as the ‘Parents of the Revolution’, have co-produced a family version of the Resilience Framework as part of Blackpool’s town-wide Resilience Revolution. You can also download a one-page version that just contains the Framework or a 2-page version with a short description and some suggestions.

Family Framework Co-produced with Newport Mind

Family Framework Co-produced with Newport Mind

The Family Resilience Framework was designed to support members of the wider family (parents, siblings, carers etc.) and was developed by Rhian Adams, Tiffany Bales, Laura Brown and Sarah Henderson from Newport Mind, with the support of the participants of the Newport Mind Community of Practice. Also available in Italian, Portugese and Spanish.

Resilience Framework for Adults

Resilience Framework for Adults

The Resilience Framework for Adults applies ideas from the resilience evidence base to adult mental health. The adult Framework was developed as part of Josh Cameron’s PhD research into the work-related needs and experiences of people recovering from mental health problems. Also available in French and German.

Resilience Framework for Children and Young People – Black and White

Resilience Framework for Children and Young People – Black and White

This is the classic Resilience Framework for children and young people produced in black and white in case you, or the young people you support, prefer to colour code it yourselves, or don’t have access to a colour printer. The Resilience Framework sets out 42 resilient moves that can be made to support children and young people’s resilience.

Interactive Resilience Framework

Interactive Resilience Framework

The Interactive Resilience Framework was developed especially for schools with children and young people in mind and has more detail about each idea, including relevant research evidence, suggestions of what to do, and what you people themselves think.

Blank Resilience Framework

Blank Resilience Framework

This version of the Resilience Framework has been left blank so you can fill in your own items. The Resilience Framework summarises a set of ideas and practices that promote resilience. To create it we distilled what the resilience research base said into a handy table that summarises our approach and sets out 42 resilient moves that can be made to support children, young people, families and adults.

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