'˜Truly inspiring' pupils organise wellbeing festival for staff and students

A group of students from Clitheroe are organising De-Stresstival, a school-based wellbeing festival for staff and students set to take place following the busy exam season.

Tuesday, 6th March 2018, 5:00 pm
Some of the students involved fundraising at a local supermarket. From left to right, Jenna Kirkbright, Mollie Thompson, Salma Sanchez and Jessica Read.

Year Nine pupils from Ribblesdale High School came up with the idea whilst taking part in mental health charity Lancashire Mind's Wellbeing Challenge. The 10 week programme challenges students to create and manage an asset, helping them to develop business skills and build confidence whilst creating something which will ultimately improve wellbeing across the school.

The event will take place at the school on June 5th, with students planning to incorporate a range of wellbeing centred activities including; pet therapy sessions, yoga classes, an inflatable assault course and a "relaxing room" with music, refreshments and board games.The pupils, who have already raised £250 for the festival through bag packing at their local supermarket, hope to raise £500 towards delivering the event.

Jenna Kirkbright, who is one of the students organising De-Stresstival, said: "I would never have had the confidence to organise something like this before taking part in Lancashire Mind's Wellbeing Challenge. I really feel like my ideas are listened to and nothing seems impossible when it comes to organising De-Stresstival."

Headteacher Stephen Cox said: "The Wellbeing Challenge has given our students the opportunity and confidence to create a really special event which will be enjoyed by the whole school community. I'm proud of all the students involved in De-Stresstival and look forward to seeing their ideas come to life."

Rachael Ray, Children and Young People's Community Development Lead at Lancashire Mind, said: "The students at Ribblesdale High School are an excellent example of what can be achieved by taking part in the Wellbeing Challenge. The enthusiasm and dedication of the young people we have been working with has been incredible and their drive to create an event to improve wellbeing across the school is truly inspiring."

Lancashire Mind's Wellbeing Challenge helps students to build resilience against mental health conditions. The aim of the programme is to improve resilience and enable pupils to support their friends, in turn reducing the number of young people who may go on to develop a mental health condition.

Rachael continued: "Over the next three years Lancashire Mind hope to reach over 500 pupils across 50 Lancashire schools in partnership with PAC, Key and Think Forward. We want to help schools to create pupil-designed initiatives to help make the county a happier, more supportive place for young people."

For more information about taking part in the Wellbeing Challenge contact Rachael Ray: rachaelray @lancashiremind.org.uk