We are on a mission to ensure that every young person receives the support they deserve and feels valued and respected by others at all times.
Who are we?
We are a registered charity called Young Minds Matter. We support young people through our mentoring and social and emotional learning. We also host inspirational fundraising events, showcasing the amazing talents of young people and promoting mental health awareness.
How do we help?
We currently provide 1:1 mentoring sessions for young people, free of charge. Most students attend a weekly session with one of our experienced and qualified mentors. Our mentors provide a safe space in which a young person can share any anxieties or concerns that they might be experiencing. We work closely with schools to ensure that the young person is supported holistically, with support from other mental health professionals and collaborations with like-minded organisations if necessary.
If needed, we can also work with other people in a young person’s life to help build an effective support network for them, such as parents and carers, siblings, or school support staff and teachers.
What else do we do?
Young Minds Matter receives no government or NHS funding and relies entirely on donations and fundraising. We want to ensure that our services are accessible to as many young people as possible, including overcoming the financial barriers that parents, carers, schools and other agencies might be facing. With this in mind, we organise fundraising concerts and events that give young people a platform and voice, as well as raising awareness for mental health in young people.
We truly believe in the power of music to transform mental health and encourage positive mental wellbeing. To date, we’ve held two phenomenal fundraising concerts, showcasing the musical talents of some extraordinary young people, with inspirational and moving speakers, whilst also raising awareness of the mental health challenges facing young people. So far, we’ve raised £57,300 from our two fundraising concerts.
Our concerts have young people at the heart, from the performers to speakers, to technical and organisational support. We give young people the opportunity to take on responsibility and improve their confidence and self-esteem.
For our next fundraising concert, we are delighted to be returning to the prestigious Warwick Hall. The concert will be on Saturday 15th May 2021 and details of how to buy tickets will be available here soon.
Why is what we do so important?
1 in 10 schoolchildren have a diagnosable mental health condition*, and they are facing more challenges than ever before. With the impact of coronavirus and lockdown, academic pressures, social media and more, we recognise the responsibility that we have to protect and nurture young people. We recognise that every young person is unique, and it is our aim is to ensure that they can recognise and embrace this, so that they can face the future with confidence and self-esteem, and fully reach their potential.
*Children’s Society report (2018)