MYA’s Social Action Group
Between August and November, a group of young people have been working with the RAISE Team to deliver three separate projects to raise awareness of mental health and make a positive contribution to their community.
Each group decided an avenue in which they would like to focus on. Group One decided to hand out an inspirational message in Liverpool One, throughout the day they handed out more than 250 cards to members of the public.
Group Two planned and visited Breckside Park Carehome in which they delivered activities to older people in the hope to break down intergenerational barriers, they played bingo, sang and had live music. Commenting on the visit, the care home manager said: ”We would like to thank you and your young people for coming to the home all our service user’s really loved the day, I noticed at the evening meal all our service use was talking about the day and it was nice to see them all smiling.”
Jeremy Wolfson, Mayoral Lead for Older People in Liverpool attended this event and added: “One of my priorities as Mayoral Lead for Older People is to bridge the intergenerational divide, so I was really pleased to be invited by Merseyside Youth Association to observe their recent visit to Breckside Park Care Home. And what a wonderful experience it was!
“To see the interaction between the young people and the residents of the Care Home was inspiring. The young people were respectful, patient and kind and it was evident to see the joy they brought to the older people. I went away feeling uplifted and determined to ensure this type of interaction continues across the city.”
Group three chose to create 15 hamper packs of personal goods that they have donated to the youth food bank at Merseyside Youth Association, just in time for Christmas!