Boosting youth resilience through a new action learning programme especially for Newham young people aged 9 to 11.

In 2015 The Young Foundation and creative design agency Latimer were commissioned by Newham Council, and funded by The Big Lottery HeadStart programme, to promote resilience and wellbeing among 10- to 16-year-olds in Newham. As a result, Bounce Back Newham, a short action learning school-based programme, was developed with the help of local young people.

Delivered as a short course for school children who could benefit from additional support to build their resilience, the programme addresses ‘basics, belonging, learning, coping and core self’ to explore what it means to be resilient and encourage pupils to plan, take and reflect on resilience ‘moves’ over a couple of months.

Following the evaluation for this pilot, in 2016–17, we were commissioned to put our expertise in wellbeing and resilience into further practice with a group of new designers – The Happy Seven, Owl n Wolf and fffunction – to improve and refocus the resources for 9- to 11-year-olds.

This again put the experiences of young people at the heart of the programme. Funded by the Big Lottery, dedicated HeadStart Youth Practitioners delivered Bounce Back Newham in Primary Schools across the borough. They worked with us and the designers to explore and evaluate the resources with the younger audience, before working to co-design and test new resources. This was to ensure that the new resources are as useable and impactful with those taking part as possible, building their skills and confidence, and ensuring the resilience they develop lives beyond the life of the programme.

For more information on Bounce Back Newham, please contact Tony May at tony.may@youngfoundation.org. You can find out more about our initial Bounce Back Newham pilot here.