The importance of positive mental health and wellbeing for local youngsters has always been a priority for AFC Fylde Community Foundation.


The charitable arm of AFC Fylde run supportive sessions in primary schools across the Fylde which have proved an enormous success with pupils.

Supported by Baxter Homes – local builders with a national reputation – the Foundation have been able to visit more than 10 primary schools so far this year, delivering an innovative and potentially life-changing workshop focusing on the pupil’s mental health and resilience.

Working with Year 5s, the Foundation team have been discussing real life issues with the children and advising them on valuable coping mechanisms, resilience techniques and how they can help not only themselves but the people around them.

The vital backing by Baxter Homes means the Foundation has now been able to put plans in place to deliver the four-hour workshops to more than 18 local primary schools before the end of the academic year. These will help ensure all children leave the sessions with a greater understanding of the importance of their mental health and wellbeing.

Foundation Physical Activity Officer Scott Harries has been working on the programme since its launch in September.

He said: “Our mental health and wellbeing workshops have been an incredible success to date. We have engaged with lots of schools throughout the Fylde and been able to take part in remarkable discussions and activities focusing on the children’s wellbeing.

“I think it’s incredibly important they deal with these topics at a young age in order to help them develop greater awareness and build their resilience in dealing with any problems they may be facing. The youngsters have shown fantastic understanding and willingness to get involved and this can only help them as they go forward in life.”

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