Young people investment team update – Beginning to understand resilience
By Reanna Vernon, 21
It’s been a busy time for the young people investment team, with many of us having just completed weeks of exams and assignment deadlines. To add to our busy lives, on Friday 15 June, 11 of the team were in Birmingham to host a pre-launch conference of a major multi-million pound investment that BIG will announce next week. Keep your eyes on the media and the BIG website on Tuesday 26 June to find out what we have been doing! We are really proud of this work and believe this Lottery investment will transform the lives of thousands of young people.
From Birmingham to London on Saturday 16 and our co-design meeting was as lively and useful as ever.
The day started with updates from the BIG staff team, which was followed by a talk from Roger Catchpole, Training and Development Manager at YoungMinds. Roger was able to answer questions we had about resilience (the ability to overcome challenges faced in life), providing both academic and practical arguments for its importance to young people today.
After a lunch break we split into two groups to have a deeper look at resilience and how we might focus on it in our investment proposal. The team was joined once again by Albert from BIG’s England Committee, who showed his support for the team and brought new insight to discussions. We had some useful discussions about mental health and well being in young people. The discussions were lively, inspiring, critical and challenging and helped to create a strong foundation as we develop our investment proposal.
Hear from some of the young people about what we discussed.
We will next meet up in July to complete our investment blue-print, which we plan to present to BIG’s England Committee in the autumn.