Student Union & Selby Council create New Youth Wellbeing Fund
Selby District Council is teaming up with Selby College and
Students' Union to create a new Youth Wellbeing Fund.
The Fund will offer small grants for local young people
between the ages of 16 and 24 from within the Selby district to help them
overcome challenges affecting their education and impacting on their mental
Richard Musgrave, Executive member and lead councillor with responsibility
for housing, leisure, health and culture, explained, "This new Fund to improve
the mental health of young people in our community has grown from the work we
carried out last year focussing on mental health issues. At the
workshops last year mental health provision and support for young people was
raised as an issue again and again. Setting up this Fund is the direct result
of those workshops and I'm proud to be able to say that we're supporting
something that will support young people in our district facing these issues.”
Students can be referred to the Fund from within the
education system, for example by their tutors. Young students will also be
invited to become trustees of the Fund for a year - something that provides vital
additional experience and skills.
Allan Stewart OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby
College commented, "We're ambitious about what we can achieve with the
Wellbeing Fund. We are aiming to raise £1,000 to kick-start this project. In
the longer term discussions are already taking place about a possible live
music fundraising event which will help students gain valuable experience of
event planning as well as fundraising.
The Fund will offer small grants of up to £100 to help
students who need support to overcome challenges affecting their education -
this could be buying equipment so a student can join a local sports club or to
access a counselling service.
Allan added, "The Fund will help students stay in education
and realise their individual potential. A secondary role for it will be to
raise awareness of mental health issues for young people.”
A Just Giving page has been set up for the Wellbeing Fund: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/youthwellbeingfund