Pitch For Your Project Case study #8

Cantref Primary School

Cantref Primary school applied for Pitch for Your Project funding in order to assist the wellbeing committee develop a weekly ‘Good News Podcast’. This was something that we had never received a Pitch application for before and the panel were very interested in this project from the off.

The wellbeing committee explained in their application that they would like to produce and broadcast a weekly 'Good News Podcast' in order to address rising levels of anxiety. Wellbeing surveys that they have carried out at the school have shown an increased level of anxiety in the children due to exposure to negative news. The Good News Podcast will report local, national and global good news, and interview people of Monmouthshire with stories to tell of acts of kindness, success and positivity.

Cantref are seeking support from the school's ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) for anxiety based issues. Feedback from the school's educational psychologist exposed a county-wide rise in anxiety in school aged children due to exposure to negative and worrying news. The results of thesurveys carried out in school by the wellbeing committee show that pupils have real concerns and worries about what is happening in in the world.

We are thrilled to be asked to support this project and are excited to see the future journalist and broadcasters of the future strengthen community links. We also envision that it will encourage and promote positive behaviour both on line and in the local community.

Quote from Alison Francis – Wellbeing Lead for Cantref School

On behalf of all the pupils and Staff at Cantref school I would like to say a big thank you to Monmouthshire Housing for giving us this exciting opportunity to enhance the positive outlook of our pupils and hopefully our surrounding community, via our Good News Podcast. We cannot wait to get this up and running in September, as now more than ever our children will need to see that there is happy and exciting news around them and empowering them to find the stories through interviewing teachers, members of the community’s and local groups, then reporting the findings back to other pupils in a way that many children now connect with.

Do you have a project that will bring the community together and benefit MHA tenants but need some funding to get it off the ground then contact Clare on 01495 745749 or clare.evans@monmouthshirehousing.co.uk