Lessons in how to be calm

Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottinghamshire County Council

Children and families in Nottinghamshire are set to benefit from a scheme which aims to boost their resilience by helping them to keep calm and reduce stress.

Funding has come from Health Education England’s Innovation Fund, backed by the Department of Health, to enable the not for profit organisation Each Amazing Breath to deliver the project, with support from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Frontline staff such as teachers, youth workers and family support workers will be trained up to advocate the techniques within the community, as part of the initiative.

The £127,000 bid award was one of just 30 successful schemes which has been awarded funds from Health Education England’s national Innovation Fund, and project leaders say it supports the national Future in Mind strategy to boost mental resilience among young people.

Up to 3,300 children based at 12 schools across Bassetlaw and Newark and Sherwood districts, and those whose families access children’s centre services and the county council’s family service will benefit from the scheme over the next year and the scheme will also involve local health partners and residents in local communities.

The project builds on a pilot project managed by Each Amazing Breath and supported by the county council which has been running in Bassetlaw over the last 12 months called Take Five, to teach body-based mindfulness techniques in the classroom and the community.

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, community safety committee chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Children are learning skills and abilities to become aware of moments of tension in life, and how breathing can help them to identify these stressful moments and handle them.

“This scheme has already been a success since it was piloted in Bassetlaw, as it is helping to boost children’s inner resilience and wellbeing and we are delighted that this scheme will be developed further.”

Councillor Liz Plant, vice-chairman of the children and young people’s committee, added: “The practices integrate into home and school settings to support good mental health during the day.”