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Youth in Mind Berkshire Conference 2022

A conference for those in statutory and third sector organisations working to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

About this event

Through Our Eyes

Mind in Berkshire are delighted to be hosting this informative and inspiring event for people working in statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations. Drawing on extensive research and the lived experience of young people, this one-day conference will equip you with resources and toolkits to invigorate your practice. Youth in Mind offers opportunities to learn, share and network, deepening existing connections and discovering new ways of working together.

With young people’s voices being at the heart of the conference, Youth in Mind Berkshire kicks off with a delve into the data that will give us a clearer understanding of how we can provide children and young people with the best support and guidance to keep them safe and happy. Following on from that, there will be three in focus discussions in the main hall alongside a choice of nine workshops, a wellbeing area and exhibition stands to explore.

Refreshments will be provided by Fink Street Food, a social enterprise company that donates half its profits to combatting stigma around mental health.

COVID-19 Guidance

To help keep all those attending the conference as safe as possible, if you have symptoms please take a lateral flow test. If you have Covid-19, please do not attend. If you prefer to wear a mask, please do so. Please sanitise hands regularly with the sanitisers provided. We will adhere to any relevant changes in guidance.

Exhibit at Youth in Mind Berkshire

Hosting a stall at Youth in Mind Berkshire is great value for money. It is a wonderful opportunity to network and promote your services while also discovering new opportunities to collaborate within the sector and learn from local and national experts about children and young people’s mental health. Conference delegates will include school leaders and staff, local authority health and social care workers, third sector organisations, NHS and other public sector professionals.

Stall holder information can be found here. To book your stall you must also order a ticket for the event – stall options will appear at checkout.

Stallholders automatically have access to one parking space adjacent to The Globe.

Join us at Youth in Mind Berkshire

The conference includes In Focus talks in the main hall and a range of workshops offering something for everyone. Delivered by experts in their field, sessions throughout the day are informative, inspirational, and most importantly, applicable to your work with children and young people.

Panel Presentation – Through Our Eyes

Together we learn about the data gathered from children and young people which helps us to understand the wellbeing and mental health challenges they face. Professor Mina Fazel will present the findings of the Oxwell Survey, No 5 Counselling will share their Restart Youth research and, David Seward of Berkshire Youth will give an insight into conclusions drawn from their organisation’s survey of young people.

Read more about the In Focus and break out sessions content here

In Focus

Taking place in the main hall, these will enable us to deepen our knowledge of emerging and important issues identified in recent NHS youth mental health data on:

  • How to talk about Suicide – Reading Samaritans
  • Isolation and Loneliness – The Mustard Tree
  • Physical activity & Mental Health & Wellbeing – Sport in Mind

Break Out – Interactive workshops with more space to explore:

  • Understanding Neurodiversity – Autism Berkshire
  • The Benefits of Neurodiversity and Community Engagement – Kimel Foundation
  • Eco-anxiety – Jo McAndrews – Climate Psychology Alliance
  • Gaming – Andy Robertson – Taming Gaming
  • A Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing – Owen Joyce, Senior Mental Health Lead – Kennet School Academies Trust
  • The Importance of Early Years for Lifelong Health – Oxford Brain Story
  • Youth Offending – Wokingham Youth Offending Service – Prevention and When to get YOS involved.
  • HSBC UK Financial Capability Programme – HSBC

Mandala Theatre Company

Mandala Theatre company have worked with young people from Oxfordshire Virtual School’s Children in Care Council to create, write and perform 4 short films based on the experiences of growing up in care. They will present two of these films followed by a Q&A with some of the performers at the conference. Read more here

Getting to The Globe

We aim to make the conference as sustainable as possible. Please use public transport to attend the event. The Globe is a 10-minute walk from Reading West station which is a four-minute train journey from Reading mainline station. There is a direct service from Newbury station to Reading West. Trains from Wokingham to Reading take approx. 10 minutes

Please also be aware that there is NO TICKET HOLDER PARKING at the venue. Stallholders have access to one parking space.

There will be a limited number of parking spaces at Tesco Extra on the Portman Road, approx 5 minutes walk from The Globe. A space must be booked when you book your conference tickets. Spaces are on a first come, first served basis and you will be sent a car park permit to display prior to the conference. If you are driving to the conference, please car share if possible.

Please be aware that the car park is managed by an external company and if you park without a permit, the company who manage the car park on behalf of Tesco will issue a fine.

Access

If you have any access requirements, for example, a disabled parking space or a BSL sign language interpreter, you can let us know what they are during the booking process.

For any enquiries contact Jan Ferrer youthinmind@mindinberkshire.org.uk

Please read conference terms and conditions prior to booking.

Venue

The Globe
12 Portman Road
Reading
RG30 1AH Get Directions
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