Young leader Becca has been working with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation for the past year. Becca found out about RFF and the youth leaders programme when we visited her class in school for a taster day. During the day, the group came up with their own ideas for projects and had the opportunity to take the idea forward as young leaders.
Becca’s project, ‘Going Insane’, focussed on mental health. She designed a workshop to get a group of young people and professionals in the same room, talking about mental health and sharing coping strategies. She arranged for the workshop to be filmed and then worked with the filmmaker to create a video, documenting the workshop and offering support to other people who may be struggling.
She says, “This project is important to me because I have personally experienced depression and anxiety. Whilst trying to deal with my own mental health, I wasn’t aware of coping strategies that could help me when I fall down. I found it hard to speak publicly about my own mental health so I want to be able to provide support to people who are struggling and unsure about what they can do that will help.”
We are incredibly proud of the journey that Becca has taken and the work that she has done. Thanks go out to everyone who attended the workshop and helped make Becca’s project such a success:
Activate Together; 42ndStreet and Peer Ambassadors; Salford City FC; Salford Council; Salford CVS; Salford Young Carers; Salford Youth Council; Salford Youth Alliance; and UTC Media City.
Watch her video here:
Well done, Becca!