We’ve created a new resource for folks working with children and young people outlining some of the ways you can engage with Mortal Fools’ work in various settings and a one stop shop menu of all our digital on demand resources.
You can DOWNLOAD our what’s on offer at Mortal Fools Guide HERE.
This is a downloadable guide to what’s on offer at Mortal Fools for youth workers, education professionals, community groups, creative practitioners, parents/carers, home educating families and anyone connected to children and young people aged 7-19years and shares why and how we work in the way we do!
There are lots of ways to engage with Mortal Fools but using our resources and digital content, attending our events and referring a young person into one of our youth theatre groups are all great ways to start. This resource sign posts you to ways of making that happen and is hopefully a helpful way of sharing what’s available.
At Mortal Fools, we believe access to creative interventions and equitable youth spaces are fundamental to unlocking and enabling happy lives, fruitful futures and dynamic employability. By using the content we’ve created and engaging with our community, we can help you scaffold safe spaces in which young people feel empowered, seen, heard and in which they can be creatively brave.
If you’re working with or supporting young people, we’d love you to join our Mortal Fools community, download and read this resource, enjoy our digital content, use it in your settings, share it and of course, to sign post young people to our work!
If you want to reach out to us and connect properly – in the resource we’ve outlined lots of ways you can do that – but you can also, drop us an email and say hello via: email@example.com
On the 17 May at 10am, we are hosting another MELVA digital showcase – this showcase is an open invitation to educational professionals, mental health professionals, educational psychologists, folks working in the NHS / Public health connected to children’s mental health, and folks interested in the MELVA programme.
MELVA is a fun and accessible creative intervention, supporting the wellbeing of children (aged 7-11). This early intervention is currently being used by over 35 primary schools across the UK and we are eager to connect with more primary schools, decision makers, mental health commissioners and service providers, to explore MELVA as a high impact early intervention, that is a meaningful and creative way to invest into young people’s emotional development, mental health education and wellbeing support.
This digital showcase is a great way to hear about the MELVA programme, why we created it, how it has evolved, new developments, testimonials from schools using the programme and how we are working with businesses and commissioning organisations on multi-licence purchases etc.
On 17 May at 10am, join Mortal Fools to find out more about our award winning, creative invention MELVA, across this 1.5hour digital showcase.
Mortal Fools will showcase MELVA as a RSHE curriculum supporting programme and for educators & professionals and a practical, high impact way to empower all children (aged 7-11) and the adults in their lives to talk openly about – and better understand – their mental health, emotions and wellbeing.
During the digital showcase, you’ll hear about MELVA as an early mental health intervention and structured digital programme consisting of a feature film, a choose your own adventure game, lesson plans, activities, discussion prompts, teacher resources and advice, designed to be used with children at a developmentally critical age bracket to:
• Increase children’s understanding of wellbeing and positive relationships.
• Support children’s emotional development – increasing cognitive empathy, self-awareness, impact of emotions & experiences on thoughts, feelings & the body, improving critical thinking and decision making, and enhanced levels of resilience.
• Learn through meaningful play and creativity.
• Enable positive and open conversations about wellbeing and mental health.
• Experiment using practical and recognised mental health strategies that through the programme can be embedded into day-to-day life, the classroom, and other settings.
Across 90mins (with time for questions), Mortal Fools will walk you through the programme – how and why it works, talk through the benefits and impact on teachers and children, give a live demo of the portal and some resources, share a few testimonials from some of the settings currently using the programme and share how we are working with NHS commissioning groups, organisations like Children NE on bespoke projects, and businesses on multi-school purchases alongside how we onboard individual schools that purchase a MELVA license.
Note: Some of the schools using MELVA currently are Thrive schools – it creatively compliments. However, you do not need Thrive in your setting to use MELVA.
To register your attendance on 17th May, 10am email: Rachel.Horton@mortalfools.org.uk or head to: https://m.bpt.me/profile/3055413
More information on Melva:
MELVA is an immediate investment into the development of foundational life skills, that can enable positive, fruitful lives of children and in the longer term, resilient teenagers and adults that can cope with the realities of the contemporary world.
MELVA is a creative early intervention for all children aged 7-11years - not just for those who are struggling. Through MELVA’s structured programme, educators are empowered to effectively and safely hold space for open and positive wellbeing conversations, and it supports RSHE curriculum delivery in a high impact way. For children, MELVA cements a practical understanding of wellbeing and when to reach out for help, it lays the foundation for meaningful and resilient self-management in times of difficulty, and it playfully explores the use of mental health strategies and embeds tools into everyday life in a child friendly, fun way.
In the midst of this growing mental health crisis, with Public Health England estimating 1 in 6 children have a diagnosable mental health condition, it has never been more important to find new ways to support young people as they grow up.
MELVA is a practical, revolutionary way to do just that; it’s an impactful investment into mental health education, an innovative way to deliver RSHE curriculum AND can be used to creatively enhance and supplement The Thrive Approach. So, join us for this digital showcase and step into the world of Melva Mapletree, a boisterous, mischievous and funny young girl on an adventure to find out what she's really capable of.
If you are unable to attend the showcase you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org and request a call/zoom and access to information materials.
You can explore the MELVA website which is full of information about the programme.
You can watch the MELVA information video here.