The Resilience Revolution is a social movement aimed at modelling and promoting resilience research and practice that challenges social inequalities. It is rooted in the Boingboing social justice definition of resilience; as beating the odds whilst also changing the odds.
This means we take what is called a ‘systems view’, looking beyond what can be done to help individuals (which is still an important thing to do), and identifying ways in which the environment people live in, can better support them, and / or reduce difficulties in the first place. We believe this is important because systems that work better for those needing extra support, often work better for everyone. It is also important because there is lots of evidence that shows how mental health is negatively impacted by experiences of inequality and discrimination and if we can reduce inequality and discrimination, life isn’t as tough in the first place.
Based on the resilience focused research and practice conducted through Boingboing and the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice (CRSJ), The Resilience Revolution currently being piloted in Blackpool. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund HeadStart Programme the Resilience Revolution is delivering an extensive programme of lasting change alongside young people, parents, and carers across the town. Together with the Council and Community of Blackpool we are working as part of an alliance to develop and embed a ‘whole-town approach’ to resilience, based on Resilient Therapy principles (which we have now come to call the “Boingboing approach to resilience”) and a shared language of resilience. Co-production with young people, parents and practitioners informs everything that happens there. Together, we are developing resilient practice and systems changes that are showing real impact on children and young people’s lives.
Find out more about what’s going on in Blackpool:
Boingboing and the CRSJ partnered up with Amnesty International to deliver some training to Amnesty’s young campaigners as part of their ‘Rise Up’ training programme.
Let’s cut to the chase! Absolute respect to the bravery and resilience of our very own Blackpool FC’s Jake Daniels. The 17-year-old has become the first openly gay male professional footballer in the UK, receiving widespread support in his decision to be open about...
Following the International Resilience Resolution Conference, there is so much to think about. Gabrielle talks us through what she usually does when she doesn’t know where to start: using the Noble Truths.
On the 30th and 31st March 2022, Blackpool was well and truly on the map. From Australia to Zimbabwe, everyone was welcomed. An amazing A to Z of fellow Resilience Revolutionaries joined the party.
In this blog John Howard, Parent/Carer Engagement Worker with the Resilience Revolution reports back from the International Resilience Revolution Conference in Blackpool. John introduces us to Harry Venning, an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator and comedy writer, a guest of the conference.
With the International Resilience Resolution Conference now behind us, Boingboing Engagement Workers Grace, John, Lindsay, Charlotte, Lauren, Shannon discuss their favourite moments of the event that was held at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
We thought we’d share conference highlights from some of the Boingboing team to capture what the conference felt like after all the hard work, so here’s some snippets of what people said.
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.
In this blog, Lindsay, Grace and Kie, three young people liing in Blackpool and all aged 21, would like to tell you about the wonders of being involved in co-production during a global pandemic, and the impact it has had on their lives.
Our FREE International Resilience Revolution Conference takes place THIS WEEK – Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 March 2022. Register now to attend online and Join the Revolution.
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.
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.
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.
The Resilience Revolution is delivering an extensive programme of lasting change with disadvantaged young people in the town of Blackpool, through a successful £10.4 million Big Lottery HeadStart funding bid. Their work is based on research into resilience by Boingboing and the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice.
Through this research a team of co-researchers from different generations, professions and backgrounds will co-create knowledge regarding the role of innovative ‘glocal’ civic activism as a mechanism to strengthen young people’s mental health.
Blackpool ReMiT: Resilient Minds Toolkit – A resilience and mental health guide for parents and carers in the Blackpool area
Blackpool Resilient Minds Toolkits are co-produced guides written by young people and parents/carers in Blackpool to support their resilience and mental health. You can download both ReMiT guides here as well as take part in the ReMiT feedback survey.
Blackpool ReMiT: Resilient Minds Toolkit – A resilience and mental health guide for young people in the Blackpool area
The Resilient Minds Toolkits are co-produced guides written by young people and parents/carers to support young people’s resilience and mental health. You can download both ReMiT guides here as well as take part in the ReMiT feedback survey.
Activism 4 Resilience: one – Bid Fever: nil. Co-producing a complex research bid in the midst of a pandemic – what’s not to love?
This blog was written by young people who co-wrote a bid for funding from an academic research council. We reflect on our experience of being involved. Even though the bid wasn’t successful it gave us valuable learning experiences.
Youth activism in Newham; working as a Co-Research Team on the Nothing About Us Without Us research project
In part 2 of this blog Ishrat, Amanda Sarah and Laurie share some of their learning from taking part in co-produced research working alongside co-research teams in Blackpool, Cornwall and Newham as part of the wider ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ research project.
Youth activism in Newham; reflections on a co-produced research project undertaken during a global health pandemic
In this blog Ishrat and Amanda share their reflections on taking part in co-produced research working alongside co-research teams in Blackpool, Cornwall, Newham and Brighton as part of the wider ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ research project.