“The way I know mental health, is when people have big barriers in front of them and they can’t get through it”
In a survey of 338 Schools in 2016, 55% had experience a large increase in cases of stress and anxiety amongst young people. In an evolving initiative to understand and support young people’s mental health and wellbeing, Milton Keynes Council Public Health and NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) created an innovative project called You, Me, Together, supported with investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge, and delivered in partnership with the MK Cultural Education Partnership (led by Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes).
The creative learning charity, Artis, worked with 150 young people and children in four Milton Keynes schools. The aim of this project was to gain a better understanding of how children and young people in MK perceived mental health, to get them to understand and identify mental health and wellbeing in others (you), in themselves (me), and to support each other (together).
Jill Wilkinson, Director of Health and Social Care Integration at NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of the Children and Young Peoples Mental Health and Wellbeing Transformation Programme said: “Our commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in Milton Keynes is one of the key aims of the CCG. We commissioned the You, Me, Together film as we were keen to hear from the voices of children on whose behalf we commission mental health services. We have continued to invest in child and adolescent mental health services and to work across the whole system to improve their overall experience.”
Muriel Scott, Director of Public Health at MK Council said: “To learn more about how young people and children understand mental health and wellbeing, we needed to ask the experts –the young people themselves. This project not only helped schools engage with what mental health and wellbeing is and why it’s so important to talk about it, but it also gave us a great insight into how young people perceive it and express it. I’m incredibly proud of how well the project worked and I’m confident it’ll help us to help the young people and children in MK.”
A film about the project was created to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in young people, what it means to them and to open up a conversation. What is mental health and wellbeing and what can we all do to improve things?
Join us at the new Festive Road HQ on 1st June: meet the external European Capital of Culture bid advisor appointed by MK Council and hear about his experience to date; after lunch, be part of a workshop to help develop the narrative for our bid.
‘Great War MK – From Conflict to Cosmopolis’ is a collaborative project led by the Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes (AHA-MK). It explores the impact of the First World War on the communities of Milton Keynes – an area now covering six towns, 41 villages and 1/4 million people – and examines their evolution from a time of conflict to that of cosmopolitan opportunities.
This Heritage Lottery funded project enables partners from the AHA-MK membership collectively to celebrate not only the stories from 100 years ago but also their legacy for modern Milton Keynes. Our aim is to inspire active participation amongst both native and new communities in Milton Keynes – in interviews, workshops and creative activities. Great War MK will generate film screenings, performances and exhibitions, all of which will give fresh insights into the turmoil – and creativity – of those times.
You can see the website and blog for Great War MK at www.GreatWarMK.org.uk as the projects get underway, the blog will be updated with information and images and details of workshops and events. Our Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/GreatWarMK
With an encyclopaedic knowledge of New Towns and their development, James has completed signature projects in communities such as Corby, Milton Keynes, Hatfield, Luton, and most recently Harlow. Picking out often unnoticed or overlooked architectural detail; James’ photography looks at the cityscape in a brand new way.
Richard currently acts as Public Art Officer for Milton Keynes Council (during Louise Izod’s maternity leave), and is Senior Lecturer in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the University of Northampton. His talk will focus on the use a small number of case studies to open a discussion about the commissioning of public art for heritage sites.
Members meeting starts at 10am, for non-members James will begin at 11.15am. Lunch is included.
AHA-MK exists to promote, develop and represent the arts and heritage of Milton Keynes.
How do we do it?
We promote, lobby and represent… We support, develop and train… We network, share and inform… Above all we collaborate.
This year our members have contributed to:
Over 5,000 inspiring events in Milton Keynes
1,241,370 visits made to them
£18,250,000 of turnover
1,600 workshops for participants of all ages
1,700 volunteering opportunities
With a mission to bring together organisations that create exciting experiences in art and heritage, AHA-MK promotes Milton Keynes’ unique identity to local,regional and national audiences.
Achievements 2012 – 13
Contributed to a successful Summer of Culture, which drew in 161,000 attendees and produced a total economic impact of £6.4m gross.
Supported MK Festival Fringe in delivering their biggest festival yet, including street performance, theatre, dance, music, workshops and the first ever MK Walking with Giants Parade.
Advocated on behalf of members, e.g. by contributing to MK Council’s consultations on assessing the community’s health and well-being, business rate relief, and the development of a Local Infrastructure Plan.
Celebrated members’ work and their venues through Heritage Open Days and Arts and Heritage Open Places.
Secured Arts Council England funding to develop a Summer of Culture legacy project to encourage cross-programming and cross-marketing.
Delivered CPD sessions addressing the interface between museums and the arts, digital engagement, audience segmentation, how arts and heritage organisations can best work with schools, the Summer of Culture legacy, and the joys and sorrows of governance.
AHA-MK Annual Report 2012 – 2013 www.aha-mk.org / firstname.lastname@example.org All information relates to the accounting year April 2012 – March 2013