Bounce Forward: Developing resilience from an early age – 29 November 2019 – Blackpool Resilience Forum

Bounce Forward: Developing resilience from an early age – 29 November 2019 – Blackpool Resilience Forum

Topic  Bounce Forward: Developing resilience from an early age – Hannah Gorman (Bounce Forward Lead for Lancashire Mind), Catherine Jordan, Annie Tyas and Jenn Marsh (Wellbeing Coaches), Joanne Martin / Joan Lambert and Highfurlong Students (TBC), Sarah Jeffrey (Service Lead for Lancashire Mind) and Tommy McIlravey (CEO for Lancashire Mind).

Resources  You can download the slides from this Forum: Lancashire Mind slides and Highfurlong School slides

Session Summary  This Resilience Forum focussed on Lancashire Mind’s universal resilience programme: Bounce Forward, that has been running in Blackpool schools for the past 3 years as part of the HeadStart programme. The programme is a universal, preventative project run for 10-weeks in primary schools to whole classes with teaching staff also being engaged. It embeds the Resilience Framework used across Blackpool and aims to equip the children and young people with practical strategies they can use when times get tough. It’s unique in that the programme is fully co-produced with children and young people through YPEG (Young People’s Executive Group) in Blackpool. The presentation provided the audience with information about the Bounce Forward programme, its development and sustainability in Blackpool and its future both in Blackpool and Lancashire. It was also a chance for the audience to see the programme in action and a chance to celebrate the achievements we have made and continue to make.


Tommy McIlravey is the CEO of Lancashire Mind, joining the organisation in March 2018. Tommy is particularly interested in the role of prevention within mental health. Lancashire Mind has a particular focus on building resilience from an early age and working within an asset-based community development approach.

Tommy studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Liverpool University, then later went on to complete a Master in Business Administration (MBA) while working full time in marketing. After many years of volunteering in a mental health setting, Tommy secured his first role in the third section in 2007 when he became CEO of Sahir House, a Liverpool based charity working around HIV and sexual health across Merseyside and Cheshire. He is also a non-executive director of Plus Dane Housing Association.

Sarah Jeffrey joined Lancashire Mind in November 2018 as the Head of Services. Sarah has strategic and operational responsibility for three areas of work: 1). Bounce Forward, 2). Wellbeing Coaching for both adults and children and young people, 3). Lancashire Mind’s Tenancy Management service. Lancashire Mind’s services focus on prevention at all stages and achieving mental wellbeing for all across the county.

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, working in project management and leadership roles. She previously worked for Teenage Cancer Trust as a Regional Services Manager so has a huge amount of experience in service delivery.

Hannah Gorman joined Lancashire Mind in July 2017 as a Wellbeing Coach and is now the Bounce Forward Lead for Lancashire Mind. Hannah manages the project primarily in Blackpool as part of the HeadStart Resilience Revolution whilst also promoting it Lancashire wide.

Hannah was a primary school teacher in Bolton for 10-years, which included being in the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) as a Deputy Head, so understands first-hand the challenges and barriers for staff, children and young people when it comes to addressing mental health in an educational setting. Hannah is passionate about early preventative services in education and ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn about mental health and resilience.

Who might be most interested  The intended audience would include school staff (particularly the SLT) with an interest in Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) / mental health / pastoral care and anybody else in the education sector or public health sector. The session will also be of interest to practitioners, parents, carers, community workers, and public sector workers.

This event took place on Friday 29 November 2019.


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