September 2017 as the Sutton Coldfield District Youth Champion, I established the Sutton Coldfield Youth Council formed from representatives form each of the seven secondary schools in Sutton Coldfield.
The purpose of this group is for students to champion causes close to their hearts, to give them an opportunity at leadership, to make a difference in the local community and for their voice to be heard.
The SCYC of 2017-18 led projects including doing a collection for the local food bank as well as fundraising for a local charity KIDS which provides respite care for parents of disabled children. The students also chose mental health awareness as their cause to champion.
Together with other charities and organisations we led a series of Mental Health First Aid training events in Sutton Coldfield training up a number of ‘first aiders’ in Mental Health for each of the schools. Our deepest thanks to Better Pathways for assisting us with this and for their support and generosity.