Community First New Forest

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The Minstead Trust is urgently seeking volunteers for the following roles:

Wood Turning Enthusiast - Working as part of a small team, supporting adults with learning disabilities, on a one to one basis, providing instruction and support on basic wood-turning skills

Skills support with literacy and numeracy - To work one to one in sessions of half an hour with 3 to 5 students on a Monday morning. You would be helping the students with their reading, writing, money skills, telling the time, numbers etc. according to the individuals need and using age-appropriate materials and resources.

Families Matter: Puppet Stage and Sound Crew
Praisin' Hands Puppets based at Hythe URC is looking for 2 people with strong muscles to load and lift equipment from the van, set up the stage, watch the very entertaining children's puppet show and then dismantle the stage and load up the equipment. Any expertise/experience in sound desk/lighting would be valuable, but not required.

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Children & Young People – New Forest Mental Health Awareness Week

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Did you know that more than 850,000 children and young people in the UK have been diagnosed with a mental health condition?

The New Forest Children, Young People and Families Network is supporting a children and young people Mental Health Awareness week, during the period 1 – 7 March 2017.

 What is Mental Health?

Mental Health affects all aspects of a child’s development including their cognitive abilities, their social skills as well their emotional wellbeing. Building emotional resilience is key and there are core attributes seen in mentally healthy children and young people:

  • The capacity to enter into and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships
  • A continuing progression of psychological development
  • An ability to play and to learn appropriately for their age and intellectual level
  • A developing moral sense of right and wrong
  • The capacity to cope with a degree of psychological distress
  • A clear sense of identity and self-worth

With good mental health, children and young people do better in every way. They enjoy their childhoods, are able to deal with stress and difficult times, are able to learn better, do better at school, navigate the online world they grew up in so they benefit from it and enjoy friendships and new experiences.

What can you do?
The following web link provides advice and information that can help children, young people, parents and professionals – http://www.youngminds.org.uk/

You can also find advice and information at http://www.turnyourfrownupsidedown.org.uk/  and for more details on local services please see: http://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/camhs_hampshire_brochure_aw.pdf