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A voice and a choice for our mental health

About Us

Right Here is a project managed by YMCA Downslink Group

We rock at Youth Participation!

We believe that young people are best placed to tell us how we can best promote their health and wellbeing. That’s why most of our work is designed and delivered by a team of Right Here volunteers aged 16-25.  Whether it’s through volunteering with us, taking part in consultations, or attending a workshop or activity, we seek to find ways to champion the views and experiences of young people so that services and commissioners create health and wellbeing services that are ‘youth friendly’.

We create youth-led campaigns!

We HATE the stigma young people face when it comes to physical and mental health. That’s why we create interesting multimedia campaigns with young people to raise awareness of key issues such as mental health, men’s health, self-harm, stress and relationships.  Whether it’s on social media, film, websites, resources or face to face, we believe that open, non-judgemental conversations between with friends, family, parents & carers, teachers & professionals alike are the best way to promote resilience and positive wellbeing!

We come up with creative consultations & research

We understand that accessing services for young people can be difficult. Whether it’s a GP, dentist or counselling service, sometimes it can seem as though services just aren’t tailored to young people’s needs. We work with young people and commissioners to come up with creative ways to consult with young people about their views and experiences to ensure young voices are heard!

We are big into RESILIENCE!

At Right Here, we are big fans of promoting resilience. This means offering young people free therapeutic activities and group work programmes that help young people see their own strengths, develop confidence and learn ways to positively manage feelings in a supportive group environment. And because we know sometimes it can feel awkward we make our activities as youth-friendly as possible by combining them with things you like to do, from drawing or dog walking!

We deliver training!

Our Right Here volunteers are passionate about talking about young people’s wellbeing. And because we think it’s a conversation everyone should be having we deliver a range of awareness raising training workshops about a range of young people’s issues, from leading peer-led workshops in schools, to presenting to commissioners and delivering training to professionals.