[:en]We’re delighted to announce that the team from Volunteering Matters’ Mind Matters project were the winners of the Group category at the Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018! The awards, hosted by WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action), recognise the achievements of outstanding volunteers in Wales.
Accepting the award on behalf of the project was volunteer Eden-Mae who said,
‘It’s amazing! I’m honoured to accept the award on behalf of all the Mind Matters volunteers. It brings confidence to what you do. It’s really empowering that all the hard work put in has been recognised. Volunteering on Mind Matters is really fulfilling. Giving an hour of your day to someone can make the rest of their week.’
Mind Matters is a mental health and positive well-being volunteering project for young people aged 14 – 25 living across Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent. Working with child and adolescent mental health services, Primary Mental Health and Public Health Wales, the Mind Matters project recruits, trains and supports young volunteers to deliver peer-led workshops on mental health in youth settings across the area. We were nominated for the award by partner organisation Torfaen Youth Service, who work closely with our team on the project.
Mind Matters supports young people on a weekly basis to improve their understanding of mental health through peer-led workshops. The peer-led approach allows for a safe space for young people to discuss worries, concerns and work towards supporting the 1 in 10 children in the UK who are affected by mental health problems.
Mind Matters has delivered 45 workshops across Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent to 900 beneficiaries (14 – 25) since 2016. All beneficiaries complete a survey before and after being part of the project, where the team have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. If you’d like to find out more about the project, visit the project page here.
Charis Platford, Volunteering Matters[:]