Tackling the Blues is a sport, physical activity, arts and education-based mental health awareness programme targeting young people aged 6-16 who are experiencing, or are at risk of, developing mental illness. The programme is funded by The Premier League Charitable Fund and is delivered by Edge Hill University, Everton in the Community and Tate Liverpool. To date the programme has engaged up to 2000 children and young people weekly in primary schools, secondary schools and community groups.
Tackling the Blues offers a range of interactive and engaging activities to work with children and young people who, once engaged, participate in tailored educational and peer-led activities to tackle experiences of conditions associated with mental illness. Weekly sport and art-based practical sessions will include collaborative and creative learning methods associated with positive impacts among those experiencing mental illness. With the aim to create contexts for explorative discussion and improved understandings of mental health. The project involves extensive consultation with young people and education workers who act as project collaborators, help recruit participants, and deliver peer mentor workshops.
What does the role entail?
As a Tackling the Blues Lead Mentor, you will have the opportunity to undertake the following responsibilities:
- Attending TtB induction and training programme, including training around mental health.
- Leading a team of support mentors to design, develop and deliver mental health-based educational workshop sessions and sport and physical activity sessions.
- Help to develop the sports and education programme and tailor it depending on your interests and studies.
- Support the design and delivery of events, hosted at partner venues.
- Develop relationships with schools and community groups/wider children’s workforce through attending meetings and liaising with staff.
- Engage in research with, as well as, participants subject to existing ethical protocols.
- Support with the recruitment of new schools, community groups and stakeholders.
- Organisation of undergraduate students who are allocated to schools as part of the programme.
- Management and support of Tackling the Blues recruitment, promotion and research dissemination events.
What would be expected of you?
- Work with Everton in the Community, Tate Liverpool and Edge Hill staff to deliver a programme of sport, physical activity and education-based sessions to children and young people.
- Be able to plan and deliver sessions, using relevant sport and physical activity and mental health resources.
- Be able to work independently and as part of a team to design and deliver mental health-based classroom and sport and physical activity-based sessions.
- To tailor and adapt sessions specific to the group you are working with (both primary school and secondary school-aged children).
- Be committed to programme delivery
- To comply with all aspects of safeguarding policy for Everton in the Community, Tate Liverpool, Edge Hill University and any partner school in which you may be working.
- To engage in relevant training opportunities as required.
- To work professionally at all times and to represent the University, Everton in the Community and Tate Liverpool in line with agreed expectations.
- Students are expected to hold a valid DBS certificate
- Business insurance is essential if you are travelling to partner schools in your own vehicle
In addition, all students must comply with the Edge Hill University’s Student Code of Conduct. All students must sign the code of conduct and return this to Jack Mullineux prior to starting on Tackling the Blues. All students who are successful in applying for a paid role will be expected to commit to the agreed allocated hours, days and schools for the duration of the programme.
|This is a paid role, offered at EHU’s casual rate (£11.24) per delivery and planning hours.
|Start and end date
|From November 2022 – July 2023
|Agreed work pattern (days and hours)
|To be negotiated with successful applicants, but not at times when timetabled teaching is scheduled.
|Time expected to commit to the project
|Approximately up to 15 hours per week
|Maximum expenses payable (as per Faculty policy)
|45p per mile is payable for those miles above and beyond the placement student’s normal journey to/from university from their registered term time address. Expenses are only payable for the miles travelled to complete the 40 hours. Any other expenses accrued through travel will be reimbursed. Mentors will need to follow institutional process to be paid for expenses. See placement handbook for more details.
Please ensure you have a valid DBS before applying for this role.
How do I apply?
Please fill in the application form that below.
If you are able to, please submit a talking personal statement (minimum of 5 minutes) outlining the following (please note, this is not essential):
- Why you are interested in becoming a Tackling the Blues mentor and what makes you suitable?
- What skills and experience do you have and how they are relevant to the role?
- What you want to achieve from the role?
You should upload your talking personal statement with the application form below no later than 12 noon on Thursday 20 October 2022.
When are the interviews?
When you receive confirmation of an interview, a date will be sent to you and you will be asked to confirm that you can attend.