Kintsugi Hope Youth Wellbeing Groups
With the majority of the nation separated from family, friends and loved ones and with life being far from normal, Kintsugi Hope Youth’s message is simple: Social isolation does NOT mean social disconnection. As a result Kintsugi Hope Youth Wellbeing Groups are now online, enabling Churches and Charities to reach their youth groups and communities with resources to support young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
What is a Kintsugi Hope Youth Wellbeing Group?
- For young people who feel or have felt overwhelmed.
- Providing tools for self-management.
- In a facilitated peer mentoring style setting.
We have adapted the adult version and reduced the content into 6 weeks to fit into a term. We have run 9 pilots in total and the feedback has been amazing.
For full details you can download the brochure.
Here is Joel explaining the heart behind Kintsugi Hope Youth.
Invest in your young peoples’ wellbeing and mental health and get alongside them. Research conducted by WHO shows that 1 in 5 young people are struggling with their mental health in any given year.
To support young people in their mental health, you need to be equipped to do so. You don’t need to be an expert but with basic knowledge, the right resources and listening ear, young people will feel safe to open up. There are many amazing charities that can equip you and at Kintsugi Hope Youth our Wellbeing Group Leader Training is now online so it’s never been easier to equip yourself with the right tools.
People start to heal the moment they feel heard. Safe and supportive spaces are key for people being able to be open and honest. Kintsugi Hope Youth will equip you to be able to create these spaces so your young people can feel safe to share their worries, scars without feeling judged. For me, personally when I was in a youth group, I would open up only when I felt safe. Let’s do the same for the young people we work with, so we can break the cycle.
We can then work to break the cycle of shame that too often surrounds mental wellbeing and can prevent young people from speaking out and seeking the help they need.
How Do I set up a Kintsugi Hope Youth Wellbeing Group?
To run a Group, your Church first needs to apply to become a Kintsugi Hope Church Partner (to ensure great safeguarding and for the group to be well-supported). Once this is in place, your Church can recommend as many people as they want to train to become Group Leaders and run a group.
Until March 2020, applications were completed by post or email and in most cases, required multiple people to complete different sections. COVID-19 social distancing measures has made completion of paper-based application forms difficult. As a result, and to speed the process up, the majority of the application process can take place over the phone.
How to Apply?
- Download an Application Pack
- Read Page 1 of the pack (rest is for further information only)
Group Leader Training
Once the application process is complete, Group Leaders re required to compete Kintsugi Hope Youth Wellbeing Group training. Previously training took place over 2 days in various locations across the country. Since the COVID-19 Government regulations around Social Distancing and Public Gatherings have been in place, Kintsugi Hope have moved all Group Leader training online.
Please refer to the Application Pack for further information.