21 April 2021
The William Henry Smith School works with children and young people aged 5-19 across a broad spectrum of social, emotional and mental health challenges. During this half term two of our classes, Adams and Clancy have been working with IVE, a progressive training company that encourages creativity and solution-focused learning and West Yorkshire Police Calderdale Early Intervention Team to develop new innovative ways for improving mental health.
Both groups have been taking part in IVE Applied Creativity Labs over 9 sessions and have included people from Mental Health in Business, Hope University and Inspire Ignite. Mental Health IVE have led creative problem-solving training and supported the school to develop totally new, innovative ideas to improve mental health which they pitched via zoom to an Industry Panel – ‘Dragon’s Den’ style - on Tuesday 30th March at 10.30am! The panel included personnel from ‘Time Out’ Calderdale, West Yorkshire Police and the Mental Health in Business. The panel offered the groups constructive feedback and suggestions for next steps to develop their ideas further.
The ideas from both groups were –
Adams Class – A board game that focussed on children’s mental health.
Clancy Class – A Pet simulator App for all ages to develop empathy and self-responsibility.
All the students gained a better understanding of mental health throughout the whole process.
The panel stated that both were great ideas.. and it looks like there is a possibility of a William Henry Smith School Mental Health Board game going Nationwide!! WOW!! The Programmes Director from Creative Learning have said that they would love to help the school pursue the next steps for development of the board game ie contacting some board game companies etc to see what next steps could take to pilot it.
A special mention was made to the artist in Clancy group too – to keep up the art work!