Breckland Youth Mental Health Project
Who are we?
We are young people who live or study in Breckland, Norfolk.
Each year we ask young people in Breckland about the issues that matter to them.
We then take action through campaigning, lobbying, advocacy, hosting events and commissioning services.
We work with adult professionals in our community to ensure that young people have a say in decisions that affect them.
Want your voice heard?
Want to make a difference?
The YAB is open to all young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 with a disability) who live or study in Breckland.
Send us an email at BrecklandYAB@ map.uk.net to find out more about how you can get involved.
Members of the YAB are called Young Commissioners.
We meet regularly, and work together to make a positive difference in our communities.
Young Commissioners can take part in training, attend residentials, and have the opportunity to meet other young people and make new friends. There is never any cost, and food and transport is provided.
We are currently trialing a very limited amount of socially safe meetings and activities in the hope that we can resume face to face work in the near future.
Youth workers Michelle, Roger and Sally are still on hand to support young people and plan for the future.
World Anti-Bullying Forum
Nearly 10,000 young people from across Norfolk took part in our 2019 youth consultations. Bullying emerged as a top issue for young people in our county.
To learn more about how to tackle bullying Young Commissioners attended the World Anti Bullying Forum 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.
We also organised for the Diana Award to provide free Anti-Bullying Ambassador training to 100 school students and staff from across Norfolk.
Norfolk Youth Against Bullying
We organised the first county-wide Norfolk Youth Against Bullying conference.
Around 200 young people and professionals came together to hear from leading experts in the field of anti-bullying and take part in youth-led workshops.
We were proud to be named the StandUp Foundation‘s Anti-Bullying Organisation of the Year 2019.
Sex and Relationship Education
Young people in Breckland told us that sex and relationship education matters to them.
We took part in Tender training on positive relationships, and worked with Tender to create video resources for young people.
Along with West Norfolk YAB we travelled to Amsterdam to research sex and relationship education.
We explored the roles of museums, schools, and public health provision in sex and relationship education for young people.
We were joined by local Councillors and representatives from youth organisations and Breckland Police for a photoshoot challenging stereotypes about anti-social behaviour.
We aimed to change perceptions of young people in public spaces by other members of the community.