Launching a vital emotional wellbeing programme for young people in Salford

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation is proud to announce Worth My Wellbeing, a 3-year partnership programme designed with young people to support their emotional wellbeing during key transitions in their lives.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation and partners 42nd Street, Odd Arts, Reform Radio and Salford Youth Alliance will provide an essential programme of creative wellbeing initiatives using sports, arts and media. With funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, the programme will enable young people to develop the self-awareness, confidence and resilience to support themselves and each other, and promote greater awareness about the emotional health and wellbeing needs of young people across the city.

Now, more than ever we recognise that looking after each other and our wellbeing is crucial. Our aim is to give young people the tools and opportunity to change the conversation on wellbeing together, and build a legacy of community-based Ambassadors representing the voice of young people to help shape the future of mental health service delivery across Salford.

Our CEO, Gary Stannett, says:

“We are delighted to launch the Worth My Wellbeing programme in Salford. This initiative has been shaped by young people and will be led by young people over the next three years, delivering services that meet their needs and the needs of the local community.  As we respond to the impact of Covid19 the need to support young people in their wellbeing, progression and opportunities to achieve is greater than ever, and this project brings together a great network of organisations to deliver that shared mission.”


Emily Edwards Senior Integrated Commissioning Manager for Salford City Council & CCG says:

“Salford City Council & CCG welcomes this exciting new collaborative programme, co-designed with young people in Salford to engage and support 600 children and young people through the key life transition points  from primary to secondary education and into adulthood.  This offer is launching at a critical time, when we expect more need for support than ever before due to COVID, and will help develop youth-led approaches to improving young people’s emotional health and wellbeing which is a much needed enhancement of our Thrive offer in Salford.”

RFF Youth Leader Becca says:

“Worth My Wellbeing started from my own social action project so I’ve been involved throughout
and can’t wait to see it finally being delivered in Salford. It makes me proud that I helped to develop
this and know that it will support so many young people with their mental health at a time when they
really need it”.

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