New resource will equip churches and schools to help young people pave a way to happiness
15 JUN 2020
A £60,000 grant from Allchurches Trust is supporting a project which helps young people to live a happy and fulfilled life – looking after their mind, body and soul.
Childhood should be the happiest time in a person's life, yet for thousands of young people the reality can be very different.
New research released last week from the University of Bath has revealed that children and teenagers are more likely to experience high rates of depression and anxiety due to the Coronavirus lockdown.
With the report calling for preventative support and early intervention, The Ugly Duckling Company (UDC) is already in the process of creating 10:10 - an innovative resource designed to help equip churches to enable young people to explore important principles that can develop their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and increase their resilience.
The key themes are built on the foundations of Positive Psychology and Spirituality, exploring ideas like purpose; thankfulness; kindness; forgiveness; healthy relationships; coping strategies and how to look after the mind, body and soul. The 10 sessions will feature a series of films, expert content, group discussions, creative exercises, experiments and additional downloadable resources.
Launching in late 2020, the course is being designed for young people aged 11 to 17 for use in churches, schools, youth clubs and community groups. It will enable chaplains, teachers and youth workers to create a meaningful and helpful space that allows participants to explore the principles widely regarded as important building blocks for future life.
Director of the Ugly Duckling Company, Sharon Lanfear, said: “The aim at the end of the course is for young people to be able to apply all they have discovered, be equipped to flourish and pursue a good and meaningful life.
“Without this funding support from Allchurches Trust, 10:10 may not have been possible, and we’re delighted that they have shown faith in the project, recognising its potential in building confidence and resilience in young people, and having a positive, long-term impact on their wellbeing.”
Grants Officer for Allchurches Trust, Paul Playford, added: “10:10” will be a unique resource for teachers, youth workers and churches as they seek to support young people through the very real challenges that they are struggling with through the Coronavirus pandemic, but also with other situations they may be facing.
“The benefits that spirituality can bring to wellbeing are often underestimated, and through this resource, young people will be supported to explore their spirituality, grow their self-worth and be given tools to support their wellbeing and be kind to themselves and others.”
Martin Saunders, Director of Innovation and Deputy CEO at the charity YouthScape, who has written numerous youth work resources, said: "It is absolutely vital, perhaps more now than ever, that we invest in the emotional wellbeing of our children and young people. I have no doubt that this resource will enable schools, churches, youth leaders and parents to help young people to stay healthy and happy, and better understand themselves."
Revd Canon Dave Male, Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England, continued: “This is another great resource from UDC to help churches connect with young people to help them discover what a flourishing life really is. This kind of resource is hugely important at this time and I commend it to all church leaders”.