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RJ8 and Charity august 2022

Pupils have set up their own mental health charity and they say it is helping their fellow pupils.

Blessed Trinity have linked up with RJ8, which offers mental health support at the ‘next level’, and has a project called Children's Charity.

Their CEO Rebecca Jane comes into school every week and said: “Our mission at The Children’s Charity is to help children run their own charity, develop projects, pilots and ideas which will combat mental health and illness in young people.

“RJ8 was delighted to welcome Blessed Trinity as a client in 2021. We worked so well together, it seemed like a perfect fit for our ‘Children’s Charity.’

“Our pilot was fast underway, and once Blessed Trinity heard about what we were up to, they snapped up the project. The support and dedication from management, teachers and pupils has been more than we ever hoped for. The project has been fully embraced and the results the children are producing are a clear testimony to the effort being put in.

“The children named themselves ‘Above and Beyond’ - because they’re ready, willing and able to go ‘above and beyond’ making sure they rise above the challenges young people face with mental illness today and help their fellow pupils for generations to come.”

Deputy CEO and pupil Yumna said: “I wanted to join the charity as mental health is huge and I think it’s easier for people to talk to people of their own age about any problems. I think they will feel more comfortable and we can relate to them.”

Pupil Jessica, Head of Fundraising and Accountancy, said: “We understand what people in our school are going through and I think that’s why we can help and relate to them.

“We understand today’s problems such as social media and what impact it can have which perhaps the older generation can’t as there wasn’t as much social media in their day.”

The school is currently taking part in a huge project with RJ8 which will be using shoes to highlight that there are 120 suicides every week, with all being revealed in August.