Why we do what we do

The purpose of the project is to equip young people to develop a healthy self-esteem, mental and emotional wellbeingWe do this by helping young people to develop a growth mindset, creating helpful thinking patterns and enabling the young person to start to understand their potential, realising future aspirations and set goals for the future.

Our Reason Why

Although low self-esteem is not categorized as a mental health condition in itself, there are clear links between the way we feel about ourselves and our overall mental and emotional wellbeing. 

A U.K. based charity called ‘Teenage Minds’ defines self-esteem as “how a person feels about themselves and what they do.” 

A person with high self-esteem believes they are a good person; they can recognize their good qualities and will generally strive for a happy and successful life. Someone with low self-esteem has negative feelings about themselves, believing that they are not worthy of love, happiness or success. With research linking low self-esteem to mental health issues and poor quality of life, this is a potentially dangerous way to live.  

This is why the Flourish project has been developed to see self-esteem issues tackled and bring about personal change, improving society. Through placing positive role models as mentors in educational settings to see young people’s life’s changed.

The Need

Below are some statistics highlighting the needs nationally:

  • Government statistics for the UK in 2017– revealed deterioration in the nation’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • 1 in 10 children are affected by mental health (10% of children and young people aged 5-16 years old have clinically diagnosable mental problems).
  • Child Line recorded a 9% increase in the number of children contacting them due to low-self esteem.
  • Other evidence suggests that children with low self-esteem are more likely to self-harm, have suicidal thoughts and to make bad life choices. Compared to young people that have a high self-esteem.
Our Outcomes

Since the project starting Flourish has worked with over 300 young people in 5 different schools.

We have seen anaverage increase in the following areas:

·       24increase in self-esteem.

·       18% improvement in mental wellbeing.

·       16% improvement in happiness.

These statistics are the current average across all the programs completed to date. The information was captured using recognised evaluation tools, which measure a young persons self-esteem, mental wellbeing and happiness at the start and end of a program. The results reveal that the Flourish project is making a difference in the lives of the young people!

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  • Don’t forget you can vote for us to receive a grant from @tescofood #bagsofhelp scheme! All throughout the rest of May and June you can vote for us in Hinckley stores to give us an opportunity to be able to do more to impact the young people in our communities! 💙 
  • #mentalhealthawarenessweek 
Who would’ve thought this? It seems a lot of the time our guys are silent sufferers; it’s time we normalise talking about mental health to help our young people feel comfortable to open up about their struggles and get the help they need! 
This is why we run our Rooted programme for boys because we recognise there is a need to explore self esteem, identity and well being. This isn’t just a female issue! This is a human issue, and we want to do all we can to prevent these boys from growing up into men that silently struggle too. 🔵 
A reminder that throughout May and June you can vote for us to win the #tescobagsofhelp grant if you’re over in #Hinckley - just pop in store and vote with your blue token! 🔵

  • Character will take you further than a score on a piece of paper ever will. - @rachelbird79 
Thinking of all the young people starting their exams. We know it can be a stressful season but remember all of the things that these exams can’t define or can’t measure! Here’s a few to start you off with. 
Parents, teachers, youth workers, etc - comment below the wonderful qualities you see in your children and young people that no exam could ever define! 
  • In continuing with Mental Health Awareness Month (which is apparently only the US but we think we should have it in the UK too 😉), did you know that 10% of 5-16 year olds suffer from a clinically significant mental health condition? That’s only the diagnosed ones too. Our young people are facing huge struggles and barriers and we’re here to help. There are many ways you can support us in our work: 
1. Write to your local schools suggesting they have us come and run the project. 
2. You can donate to the project!
3. For May and June only (and only in Hinckley) you can vote for us to receive a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme! Just pop into a Hinckley store and vote for the Flourish project with your blue token 🔵 
  • We’re very excited to be in the customer vote for a Bags of Help grant from Tesco. It’s a scheme which gives community projects like us grants of up to £4,000 – all raised from the sale of carrier bags in Tesco stores. The public can vote in store throughout May and June on who should receive the awards. Please go and support us in your Hinckley stores!

Thank you! 
  • Did you know that May is mental health awareness month? Let’s get talking: did you also know that 50% of those with a lifelong mental illness exhibit symptoms by just 14? 
The Flourish Project exists with the aim to arm our young people with preventative tools that reduce their risk of developing mental illness and low self esteem. If you think the young people in your community could benefit from our project why not get in touch with your schools and tell them about us?! #flourishprojectuk#protonfoundation#schoolswork#youthwork#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealth#didyouknow#facts#selfesteem#selfworth#coventry#bedworth#nuneaton#hinckley#atherstone#warwickshire#leicestershire#midlands

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