To mark National Siblings Day we felt we should share the stories of two of the most inspiring Young Leaders we’ve worked with, siblings Becca and Jess. The two care leavers delivered their own projects as part of our National Lottery funded Inspiring young leaders programme in Greater Manchester.
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. This piece of work has now inspired a new Emotional Health and Wellbeing partnership project across Salford.
Jess’s project saw her perform her spoken word piece to hundreds of people in partnership with Can’t Dance Can, based in Rochdale, who performed her story through dance. Jess said, “I created a dance routine about my life story because I wanted to show people that, no matter what you have been through, if you want to do something, you can do it. I also wanted to express my feelings to my family”.
You can see their projects on www.rioferdinandfoundation.com/Platform_Five and Watch an interview with the siblings below: