Foundation and DK join forces to aid wellbeing
In support of Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), Manchester United Foundation will be running a week-long promotion about all things ‘wellbeing’.
He continued: “As a parent, I know how important it is to encourage children to look after their mental health as well as their physical health. My advice to any young person is to talk about how you're feeling and seek help from your coaches, teachers or family when you feel down.”
Katie also championed the project: "It’s fantastic to see Manchester United Foundation supporting the mental health of thousands of young people across Greater Manchester. COVID-19 has been incredibly hard, especially for children who haven't been able to socialise with friends.
"The ‘book and ball’ is a great way for children to learn ways in which they can improve their mental wellbeing which is so important during this time, and I hope it really benefits many in the community.”
Ginny Buckley, one of the founding trustees of Manchester United Foundation has been involved since its inception. Ginny said: “At the Foundation, we know that healthy bodies and healthy minds go hand-in-hand and, as a journalist, I am passionate about the power of the written word. A book can transport you anywhere and, if you are in a difficult place, that could be a lifesaver.”
She continued: “As a parent, I’ve seen first-hand how a football and a good book have helped my 11-year-old son cope with the mental challenges he’s faced during the pandemic, I hope our ‘book and ball’ project will do the same for the children who receive it.”
Throughout the season, the Foundation has also been working in partnership with local independent mental health charity, Manchester Mind. The charity has volunteered to train 74 front-line staff in recognising mental health concerns in the young people they work with. This training enables coaches to be better equipped in advising children and signposting them to the services needed.
The support will continue into the autumn when students return to school, as the Foundation plans to run two dedicated mental health programmes across partner primary and secondary schools. The work will include Foundation staff running workshops and group exercises, giving young people the tools to better understand and look after their mental health.
To find out more about our work in the wellbeing space please visit: www.mufoundation.org/wellbeing.