How they are responding
We depend on the breadth of knowledge and expertise provided by our coalition partners. Each of them is committed to taking action in response to survey data, and together, they have the influence to create real change.
Using the #BeeWell neighbourhood data, our coalition partners work hard to leverage investment into communities and generate targeted opportunities for young people by introducing activities and initiatives to boost their wellbeing.
Examples of our coalition partners’ initiatives:
In collaboration with TIPP, Curious Minds are project managing the #BeeWell Youth Health Champions project, which aims to pioneer a community-wide response to survey results. It focuses on empowering young people and schools, and enables them to commission their own interventions.
A cohort of #BeeWell Youth Health Champions have been given access to a £100,000 funding pot that will be used to commission activity with local providers. Their work will count towards a RSPH Level 2 Young Health Champions qualification, which is equivalent to a GCSE.
The 2021 #BeeWell survey found that while, on average, wellbeing metrics for Greater Manchester were consistent with national studies, there was variation between different neighbourhoods.
To address this, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in Greater Manchester has committed to supporting 20 voluntary organisations across neighbourhoods with lower wellbeing scores to start running the DofE in their area to enable more marginalised young people to access the scheme.
Funded by BBC Children in Need and the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership, the #BeeWell Champions social prescribing pilot launched in 2022.
Empowering young people to be directly involved with activities to support their mental health and wellbeing, the programme has been designed by young people for young people. It will train #BeeWell Champions to interpret survey data, develop local campaigns and offer support to their peers. They will have access to a funding pot so they can commission the kinds of activities that young people say they want.
Movement, activity and sport play an important role in young people’s social, emotional and physical development. But the 2021 #BeeWell survey revealed that only 34% of young people in Greater Manchester met the national recommendation of one hour of activity per day.
To address this, GM Moving is delivering a youth-led campaign on physical activity and mental health. It promises to support active lives for all young people in an inclusive, accessible way, with a focus on wellbeing. It will specifically target girls, in response to #BeeWell findings that exposed the extent of the gender gap in sport.
Plan International UK are a charity that strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. This case study outlines how their Young Health Programme in Greater Manchester has worked with the #BeeWell movement.
In response to the first headline findings, Plan-UK formed a partnership to mobilise #BeeWell Coalition members and other partners to come together to take action on mental health and gender and support young people across Greater Manchester