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Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Day - Getting learners involved#2

The talk at Bournemouth University went very well - the learners (Sara and Vicky) we invited were truly inspirational. I am really looking forward to sharing the video when it has been edited.

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Day - Getting learners involved

Firstly, good luck to everyone delivering any workshops, webinars or talks this week as part Mental Health Awareness Day.

Towards the end of the summer term, I asked learners to donate some of their work so we could have an exhibition to celebrate the work they had done. I was overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and quantity of work that was handed in. We had enough for three displays - Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester Libraries. The learners were really proud to display their work and share it with friends and family.

RACCs work with volunteers in the wellbeing project

RACC setup a wellbeing project volunteer role description and recruited its first volunteers in January, this was successful for its first term which led us to a second round of recruitment for term 2 which took place in April with volunteers looking to start over the Summer and help out at open days. We now have a total of 7 volunteers taking part in the following activities

1. Providing clerical and project support to the administrator and project manager of the project team.

Central Beds Impact Mental Health Peer Support Annual Report

On the weekly Zoom Meeting I asked about how to make our Annual Report available on the MHFE site.

Whilst I am looking at a means to produce a fully accessible pdf version I thought I would share a link here to see whether the National Pilot Comminity feel its worthwhile sharing or if it is too long / boring. 

We are intending to use it a briefing tool for customers, press and partners, so it is written assuming the reader has no prior knowledge of the National Pilot.

I would welcome any comments feedback or ideas for improvement!


Making some new network links with NUS, looking at the way in which curriculum is being developed involving learners. It is interesting to look at the way learner feedback affects the way in which the courses are being developed, especially in relation to the learners who struggle with interpreting feedback, where they have low self esteem or perhaps do not have the technical language to understand what is meant, and how this impacts on their decision to remain on the programme, let alone their success. Watch this space.

Two funding opportunities from LSIS for 2011/12

1. Developing the Expert Learner: Active co-production of learning and the impact on mental health and wellbeing

LSIS will provide grants of £2500 to five providers to work with at least ten learners with mental health conditions and ten learners who have not declared mental health conditions.

Stockport College: LSIS case study

One of a series of case studies from the LSIS Progression pathways for learners experiencing mental health difficulties project: Stockport College extended internal partnership working and widely consulted with learners enrolled on discrete programmes and specialist support staff to determine new progression pathways. 

LSIS Project Report: Progression pathways for learners experiencing mental health problems

A summary of findings from projects delivered by 8 learning and skills providers early in 2011.  Emerging common themes about how to deliver effective services for people who experience mental health problems are identified together with recommendations for future research.  A brief summary of each project and its findings is available in the annex to the report.

PLEASE NOTE - the full case studies will be published shortly and available from the library.

The Take Ten People in the North East Project

What is this project about?

The Take Ten People Project (2010-2011) was part of a wider regional strategy, funded by the North East Mental Health Development Unit (NEMHDU), to improve the progression and employment prospects of people with experience of a mental health condition.  

Should I say? A detailed guide for young people

A detailed guide to help learners think about whether or not to disclose their mental health difficulty to their learning provider

This resource is also available in different formats:


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