Abingdon School hosted an OX14 Learning partnership event, focusing on 5 ways to support wellbeing. Supported by local charities One Eighty and The Abingdon Bridge, the event dubbed ‘SupportED’ saw over 100 students from six local Partnership schools gather together for a day of collaborative wellbeing workshops and presentations from staff and students.

Yoga and meditation sessions, a craft workshop, as well as discussions about mental health and loneliness were some of the activities on offer, with sixth former students also sharing their own experiences in a final Q&A session at the end.

One of the students who attended said: “It’s been great to meet new people today, hear from others about how to support wellbeing and learn some new skills. My friends and I are going to be able to share what we’ve learned today with other pupils when we get back to school and we are all really hoping it will help make a difference.”

Rob Southwell-Sander, Director of Partnerships at Abingdon School, comments: “With alarming rates of anxiety amongst our young people, SupportED has enabled us all to collaborate proactively on the best ways to manage wellbeing across our partnership of schools while reframing the conversation positively. In addition, using peer support and local charities creates a network of support both within and beyond our school communities.”

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