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We are delighted to report back on another successful school year for the Hummingbird Project. Delivered by MedEquip4Kids, the six-week course takes a preventative approach to tackling mental health issues in school pupils by introducing evidence-based concepts and practices from Positive Psychology that can improve wellbeing and resilience, such as kindness, gratitude, character strengths, mindfulness, hope and growth mindsets. These have all been shown to help empower pupils to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

This year the Hummingbird Project achieved its highest number of beneficiaries so far, with 1,375 pupils receiving the course across twelve primary schools and four secondary schools in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside. Our analysis has once again demonstrated statistically significant reductions in anxiety and depression symptoms and improvements in hope, as well as an overall enhancement in wellbeing among the course participants. You can download the full report here: Hummingbird Project Evaluation Report 2022-23

In November 2022 we made a short film of the Hummingbird Project at Hurst Knoll St James CE Primary School in Ashton under Lyne. You can watch it here:

Over the year 2023-2024 we are hoping to expand the Hummingbird Project into new areas. In partnership with the Open University, we are also introducing a new course for parents, Bounce Back, which teaches similar concepts and gives the project a wider family benefit.

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“The new outdoor area will boost mood and morale, creating social opportunities in a safe space free from medical interventions and providing distraction from pain and illness. It offers play opportunities for siblings too, helping to normalise the hospital environment and bridge the gap between home and hospital.”

Gillian Heer
Starlight Children’s Unit Manager
Wythenshawe Hospital

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