Think Resilient

Last year, a survey conducted by Girlguiding revealed that 46% of girls between the ages of 17 and 21 have personally needed help with their own mental health. In response to this, Peer Educators such as myself voted that Mental Health and Resilience should be our next resource topic. (For those who don’t know, a Peer Educator is a member of Girlguiding between the ages of 14 and 25, who has had training in running sessions on social issues such as body image, sex and relationships and youth health.)

As mental health is a subject very close to my heart, I applied to be a part of the Task and Finish group, developing the resource and was very fortunate to have been selected. Following a lf and the rest of the team have been reviewing the resource, making it the best it can be. After a year of development, the resource was finally announced to the public last Tuesday. (Possibly even more exciting, a quote I provided about the resource was picked to go in the press release, so I now have a little collection of news reports I’m quoted in!)

Think Resilient
“I know low mental wellbeing is a major issue affecting the daily lives and ambitions of lots of young women my age. Many girls feel there is a stigma attached to talking openly about their mental wellbeing. I hope this resource will help to change that, giving girls the positive and practical solutions they need to build resilience and a safe space to share what’s on their mind.”

As I said in the quote above, I’m really hoping that this resource is going to have an impact on young women. My own mental health problems started to surface while I was a Guide, and access to the activities in this resource would have meant I was a lot better prepared to deal with what was ahead. If I can help just one girl who is in the position I was in, I’ve achieved my goal!

On the 2nd April, I’ll be off to Sheffield with my sister to be trained in the resource, and I cannot wait to finally hold it in my own hands. I’ll be sure to report back on the final product after that!

Project Monday: Adventures with Big Shot Plus

I’ve been aware of die cutting for a while now – it would be difficult to make so many trips to Hobbycraft and not┬ásee the rows of dies on display. But I never really understood the appeal. Apart from my on and off again relationship with ‘Project Life’ and the occasional greetings care, my crafting interests lay far away from paper craft.

Fast forward to 2016. It’s not been the best year so far, with a lot of time spent off work. Lazing in bed for hours on end lead me to the discovery of my latest addiction – Create and Craft TV. Despite my joint loves of spending money and crafting gear, I’ve yet to fall into the teleshopping trap. But, anyone who has seen the channel will know it’s full of die cutting. The more I watched, the more I wanted one of those machines. And so, in a moment of weakness and stood in Hobbycraft, I picked up the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Starter Kit.

Thanks to work, I hadn’t had a chance to experiment with my latest purchase before my next trip to Hobbycraft (Cardiff.) I got chatting to a lovely member of staff there called Alison, who knew everything you need to know about die cutting, and pointed me in the right direction. Armed with a bagful of goodies, I headed home and unpacked my kit.

After many hours watching Create and Craft, I was pretty confident with what I was doing, but if it wasn’t it still would have been easy to get started thanks to the instructions printed on each of the platforms. I started with a couple of little shapes, but then got on with I’d been planning since I bought the kit. The kit comes with a number of dies, including a box die. And since unpacking the box, my house has steadily been taken over by decorated gift boxes.

 


I’m sure I’ll talk about the Big Shot Plus more in the future, but right now I’m just excited to keep experimenting! There may also be more dies on the way after payday.