October Newsletter

#BeeWell Festival launches Year 2 of the programme 

The 22nd – 29th of September marked our first ever #BeeWell Week, launching Year 2 of survey delivery in schools across Greater Manchester and lifting the message to make young people’s wellbeing everybody’s business. We are so pleased that, in the first two weeks, we have already heard from over 2,000 young people in this year’s #BeeWell survey. 

On the 22nd, we held #BeeWell Festival once again at Depot Mayfield, welcoming 200 young people to the iconic venue to celebrate all things young people’s wellbeing! The day began with The Shoopery delivering a workshop with around 150 young people, who got together to ‘let go’ and celebrate. Our fantastic partners at GreaterSport and 42nd Street ran activities including positive portraits, skateboarding, circus skills and more throughout the day. At our #BeeWell marketplace, #BeeWell partners spoke to young people about opportunities they can get involved in across the city-region. In the evening, young artists from Reform Radio performed their pieces for young people attending from youth-groups across Greater Manchester.  

Thank you to our brilliant Coalition of Partners who supported the day to celebrate youth voice and wellbeing in across the city-region. Take a look at what we got up to at #BeeWell Festival by looking back on our #BeeWell Instagram and Twitter.

#BeeWell case-study included in the annual Good Childhood Report  

Our partners at The Children’s Society have recently published their annual Good Childhood Report, which features an in-depth look at the #BeeWell programme as a case-study for what can be achieved by measuring wellbeing in a school setting. The full report launches significant findings from the Children’s Society, outlining how children’s happiness has continued to decline. The report concludes that young people are on average less happy with their life as a whole, school, friends and how they look than ten years ago. The full report can be found here 

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) publish #BeeWell data analysis  

Over the past few months, our partners at Policy@Manchester commissioned the Education Policy Institute to undertake work analysing the #BeeWell data and its connections to other, publicly available datasets. Their analysis was launched in a roundtable event with policy-makers from across Greater Manchester and has now been published online. The headline findings show that some neighbourhood characteristics are significantly correlated to different domains or drivers of wellbeing, including on income disparity, health deprivation, crime risk and more. Read their full analysis and conclusions, here 

Findings from the 2021 #BeeWell Young Researcher Programme  

You may remember, at the end of the summer term, the #BeeWell team visited the University of Manchester’s data visualisation observatory to mark the end of the 2021 Young Researcher Programme. We are pleased to share with you the findings from the programme, presented in our second evidence briefing on the #BeeWell data. You can find the full briefing here, along with a couple of videos from participants in the programme, talking about their experiences at the observatory.  


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