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Sketchnotes for Neuro Champions

This week we have had the opportunity to attend training on Sketchnotes with the Innovation Agency and Karla Rimaitis (Project Manager).  This was great and we explored the possibilities of making our work even more visual and engaging.  Take a look at this great overview by Karla (@Krimitis).   One thing that it made us think about was what we love about our job and how we want to improve. One suggestion was to make EVEN MORE impact on children and young peoples' mental health and collect more data to evidence that we do this effectively.  If you have any comments or ideas, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you. Let's make our impact bigger and...

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Great Partnerships

This week we had the pleasure to interview two youth workers who have commissioned a number of Neuro Champions Young Leaders programmes. We have worked together now for over two years and their feedback was fantastic!      Here are some of the things that they said...   'Neuro Champions provides ongoing opportunities, support doesn't just stop once the programme finishes.' 'What has been wonderful for us is to come into a lovely setting and do this kind of work as a partnership where we can signpost people into the next steps and they have actually been offered employment and opportunities such as research and photography, that has been built upon the work that we have done, so it's been...

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Impact reporting, sometimes it is the little things

'Thank you for picking me for this' As we are coming to the end of one of our Neuro Champion Young Leaders programmes, we are collecting lots of data to evidence our outcomes. Some of these outcomes include an increased knowledge of the brain, neuroscience and mental health and others include the prevention of, and reduction in, mental ill health. We collect data throughout the whole programme and constantly evaluate what we do so we can make changes and improve. However, it is comments like this that let us know that we have done a good job! Well done to everyone involved, especially the facilitators. But most of all a massive THANK YOU to all are new Neuro Champions, you...

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Boxing for mental health

Yes, you read that right.... boxing is good for your mental health. We are referring to the non-contact kind of course! Let's clarify this; last week a few of us at Neuro Champions attended an England boxing non-contact coaching course (called BOX) as we believe that mental health and physical health are both important. They are also dependent upon each other; this means that it is often difficult to have good mental health if you are physically unwell and vice versa. So how great that we can do both in our Neuro Champion programmes.  We know that exercise is not for everyone, but activities that are fun, engaging and get you moving are, so it is a yes from us...

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Did you know?

Just one of our Neuro Champion Train The Trainers (TTT) programmes has the potential to impact between 200-300 children and young people?  As there are approximately 10 trainers on each of our TTT programmes and each of them will deliver at least 2 Neuro Champion Young Leaders programmes (10-15 per group =20-30 in total), this means that the 10 trainers combined will have an impact on 200-300 children and young people! That is amazing! This means 200-300 children and young people can have;   improved mental health  reduced mental ill health  improved emotional health increased knowledge of the brain and mental health increased knowledge and skills in key areas increased confidence to make healthier choices increased understanding of self and others...

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