Well-being – Sheffield Hallam University


Sheffield Hallam University Widening Participation and Outreach team

At Sheffield Hallam University, promoting and supporting positive mental health is a hugely important part of the work we do.

We offer targeted support for vulnerable groups such as carers, care leavers and refugees both pre and post entry and have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in our range of support services on campus including counselling, disability support and BME support.

The work of the Widening Participation and Outreach team is to help raise the aspirations and social capital of young people across South Yorkshire and support them throughout their journey into Higher Education. We do this through a number of different interventions in schools and out in the community.

One of the strands of our work is Community and Family Engagement, where we offer a range of free, fun, creative activities for children aged 4-13 and their families and carers. These activities are designed to introduce children to the university in a very light touch way and promote learning as a family. These events are held across South Yorkshire during school holidays in a variety of public spaces so they are easily accessible.

We are a learning destination for Sheffield Children’s University (CU) and are aware of the positive impact of learning outside the classroom, which is shown to improve both attainment and attendance levels of children who take part. Children and young people collect CU credits for every hour of extra-curricular activity they do at participating learning destinations and once they have collected a minimum of 100 hours they are invited to attend a Graduation Ceremony, some of which we host here at the University.

This year, in association with Sheffield CU, we created a series of 6 after school sessions called ‘Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies’, which used a range of craft, discussion and physical activities to address a different subject each week such as ‘Being Positive’, ‘Staying Calm’ and ‘Bouncing Back’. The sessions were designed to help boost young people’s confidence and wellbeing and support them to develop healthy and happy relationships with other people. These were distributed for free to 30 schools across Sheffield, who are members of Sheffield CU.

For more information on Sheffield CU, go to www.sheffield.gov.uk/cu

If you would like to join Sheffield Hallam Universities Widening Participation and Outreach mailing list in order to find out about our upcoming events, email WPOteam@shu.ac.uk

Serena Noble
Widening Participation and Outreach Coordinator