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 for people and communities to bounce forward through tough times, we take action together to change things that are unfair and make things tougher for people in the first place.
In Blackpool, people and communities across the whole town are joining together to apply this approach to resilience in their own lives, homes, schools, workplaces and support services. This collective action is known as the Resilience Revolution! Part of what we have been doing is exploring the potential of activism to prevent, address and reduce mental health problems through positive action (beating the odds), whilst at the same time, tackle injustice and issues that can impact so negatively on our mental health (change the odds).
As part of our contribution to co-leading the Resilience Revolution, we are launching an exciting new project which is all about creating more ways for people to take part in activity to change the odds – by becoming a Youth Activist in Residence!
But what is activism? Check out our short animation (also visible below), co-produced by Henry (Boingboing), Jess, Gracjan & Dylan (Grand Young Company) to find out more and for some ways you can get involved.
True to one of the Resilience Revolution fundamentals (co-production), we have worked with some brilliant people to co-create what we think a residency should look like – and we are now ready to share this with the world and launch our call for:
- HOST ORGANISATIONS who are willing to support a residency
Check out the brief for details of what’s involved and get in touch if you want to find out more. We are hoping to create a ‘bank’ of host organisations who are willing to support the project and will then match a Youth Activist with them
- YOUTH ACTIVISTS – our first RESIDENCY CALL IS OPEN!
Check out the brief for an overview of what it’s all about – we hope we have given you enough information to consider your ideas, but you can get in touch with us to talk it through if you wish. We are also running some online ‘get togethers’ where you can drop-in and meet some of the people who are already supporting the project (drop us an email / text to get the joining link):
Monday 20th September from 4 – 5pm
Wednesday 29th September from 6 – 7pm
We have the time and budget to support two Youth Activist Residencies during this first round and we will need to make sure that what we have to offer is a good fit for the ideas and change you want to make happen. So, we are asking anyone interested to submit a ‘Hope for Change’ which will help us choose who to partner with in this round.
- We need to receive your Hope for Change by 10am on Monday 11th October 2021 for it to be considered in this first call.
- ALLIES & SUPPORTERS – you might love the sound of the project but not be in a position to host or be outside the age range to take up a residency but we’d still love to hear from you! 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.
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.
The Resilience Framework is a handy table that summarises ‘what works’ when supporting children and young people’s resilience according to the Resilience Research base. The Resilience Framework forms a cornerstone of our research and practice. On this page we have pulled together lots of useful links so you can find out all about the Resilience Framework.
This report has been co-produced by the Blackpool Youth Climate Group and research partners from Boingboing and the CRSJ to share their findings about what young people and adults in Blackpool think and feel about climate change.
The Resilient Minds Toolkits are co-produced guides written by young people and parents/carers to support young people’s resilience and mental health. We have co-produced guides for both a Blackpool context and a national context. Find out more here.
This page presents a selection of our submissions of evidence with a focus on those which have considered accessibility.
Our resources help any school establish systems to build ‘resilience approaches’ that support disadvantaged pupils over time through a whole school approach. Benefitting all pupils and increasing academic resilience, the ARA helps everyone in the school community play a part.
In this submission to The House of Lords a group of academics, students, practitioners, parents/carers and young people working as and with disadvantaged communities share their thoughts on whether progress has been made by Government in its ambition to improve children and young people’s mental health provision.
Here you can download the Academic Resilience Approach resources to help any school establish systems to build ‘resilience approaches’ that support disadvantaged pupils over time through a whole school approach. All the Academic Resilience Approach resources are free to download.
This is the classic Resilience Framework for children and young people. The 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 sets out 42 resilient moves that can be made to support children and young people’s resilience. Available in multiple languages.
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.