Funding from the Edenstone Foundation has enabled the Proton Foundation to deliver its Flourish Project, which is designed to improve mental and emotional wellbeing, self-esteem and resilience.
Chris Edge, from the Edenstone Foundation, said: “There’s been an increase in mental ill-health in young people since the pandemic, which means schemes like the Flourish Project are vitally important.
“In the last six months, we’ve reached the milestone of supporting 10 schools under our partnership with the Proton Foundation and its Flourish Project. We’ve agreed a two-year partnership with the charity and are keen to work together to help even more schools, particularly in the communities we’re building in. Through our ongoing links with the Flourish Project we can potentially help equip hundreds of young people with lifelong skills to improve their mental wellbeing and self-esteem.”
The Flourish Programme is targeted at nine to 16-year-olds and usually runs over eight one-hour sessions covering how beliefs are formed, how they can affect and shape us; the effects of social media on mental health, and encouraging young people to develop healthy online habits; learning how to develop healthy self-talk and begin to put it into practice; understanding the importance of setting goals and the positive effect it has on our mindsets.
The latest schools to sign up to the programme under the partnership between the Edenstone Foundation and Proton Foundation are Hengoed Primary School in Caerphilly, plus St Michael’s and St Patrick’s RC primary schools in Newport.