Mental health and well-being were the main focus at the Tannahill Centre as youngsters staged an event to highlight the importance of the issue in the community.
The talented youngsters behind the Feegie Youth Voice Crew put together the event at the community hub on April 8.
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The group, which is made up of volunteers dedicated to improving Ferguslie Park, wanted to focus on the importance of looking after your mental health and well-being following the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has has on the community.
The Tannahill Centre – which has become a vital hub for residents in the area – has been working alongside Renfrewshire Youth Services to establish the Feegie Voice group since the beginning of 2022.
They wanted to kick off what they hope will be the start of a number of projects and community events with one of great importance to people of all ages.
They came up with the idea and spent several weeks working on ways to promote good mental health and well-being as they identified this as an issue that has impacted everyone as a result of the pandemic.
As well as having fun activities such as bouncy castles, smoothie bikes and Paisley Community Circus along, there were a range of workshops run by young people aimed at giving others the confidence and skills to better look after their mental health.
Other organisations were also present to provide information including Invest Renfrewshire and Ren 10 who had staff on hand to discuss their organisations and what they are doing in the Renfrewshire community.
Invest Renfrewshire were highlighting their Young Person’s Guarantee initiative aimed at supporting young people in the area into employment.
It is a commitment to bring together employers, partners and young people and aims to connect every 16 to 24 year old in Scotland to an opportunity.
This could be a job, apprenticeship, further or higher education, training programme or volunteering.
Ren 10 was also raising awareness of an important initiative surrounding mental health.
Made up of a dedicated team of mental health professionals, Ren 10 is focused on supporting children and adults with their mental health and well-being.
The new service will provide expert advice and tools to help manage issues and promote good mental health from infants and toddlers to adults.
The Inside Out event was hailed as a success by both organisers and the dozens of community members who attended throughout the day .
Jamie Mallan, business transformation manager at the Tannahill Centre, said it was fantastic to see the event coming together after weeks of hard work from those involved.
He said “Young people have been planning the event for several weeks and it was great to see it all come together for them.
“Feedback from those who attended has been incredibly positive, and the young people involved are looking forward to holding similar events in the future.”
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