Posted Thursday 30, March 2017 by adminsmile & filled under Fundraising


Over the past few months a group of students from Whitburn Academy (Jenna Halliday, Jennifer Baff, Kirstie Russell, Raegann White and Rachel Kay Adams) have been in contact with S.M.I.L.E Counselling. The reason for this is that they were taking part in the Young Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Project in which they pick a local charity, do a project on them and presentation and if they win the charity then receives £3,000. They chose us so we invited the girls out to meet us in our offices one Friday afternoon after school so they could ask us all about what we do ….

The Whitburn Team visiting SMILE offices
The Whitburn Team visiting SMILE offices


When they came out they didn’t hold back and asked some great questions about Mental Health, what we would do in challenging situations like suicide disclosure and clients who self injure themselves. Some very great thought provoking questions which we all discussed over some cupcakes, juice and crisps (it was Friday afternoon after all )

We told the girls we would be happy to be added into a chat group so that if they ever had any other questions they could feel free to message and ask anytime, we even got selfies of them practicing their presentation …

Presentation Practice Selfie
Presentation Practice Selfie


Last night on 29th March 2017 the girls had reached the final of the competition and were so excited and passionate about doing their best for S.M.I.L.E Counselling and trying their best to get the money …. AND …..

THEY WON!!!!!!!

Whitburn YPI Winner selfie


This is how we found out …. In a group chat message … 🙂

We are so happy for the girls after all the hard work they have put into their project and also helping raise awareness about Mental Health in Young People. We are so immensely proud of them!

They have been so passionate not only about the project but about S.M.I.L.E and raising awareness. We will be celebrating with them next week with some cake and goodies in SM.I.L.E. Offices 🙂



This is exactly the type of young people we need to be driving forward the mental health awareness of young people, sharing that it is ok ‘not to be ok’, mental health is nothing something you can catch if you talk about it and most importantly is good to talk …

Excited winners :-)
Excited winners 🙂
Proud winners
Proud winners


S.M.I.L.E would also like to congratulate all the others who took part, the young people who did other projects and the charities they supported, raising awareness is paramount and you have all done a fantastic job!!!


Well done!!!  


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