We believe a collaborative approach is vital to support and improve young adult mental health and fitness throughout the UK.
To deliver our aim of supporting Student and Young Adult Mental Health, Fitness & Wellbeing and to reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness, we need every University and College Leadership Team and every Student Union in the UK to invite and encourage their students, and staff, to take part in the BRIT 2021 Challenge.
The success of The BRIT 2021 Challenge requires a whole university, college and community approach to Young Adult Mental Health.
To invite and encourage their members to champion The British Inspiration Trust’s aims and the BRIT 2021 Challenge, we are delighted to have partnered with Education Governing Bodies who share our vision.
Their Chief Executives & Chairs will ensure our invitations are sent out to every University Vice-Chancellor and College Principal in the UK so that the leadership of each institution champions, promotes and participates in our campaign and event.
The NUS are also partnering with us and will encourage every Student Union to enter teams for our BRIT 2021 Challenge in order to fundraise, maximise student participation and champion both inclusivity and adaptive sport involvement.
Our aim of delivering inspiration to students and young adults at universities and colleges is through the support of British Sporting Icons acting as British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) Ambassadors.
We need Sporting Governing Bodies to encourage their Olympians, Paralympians, Invictus Athletes, Iconic Personalities from a wide range of Sports, Adventurers and Explorers to join us as Ambassadors and visit universities and colleges throughout the BRIT 2021 Challenge.
These inspirational Ambassadors will inform us of which university or college they will visit. We will then introduce the Ambassador to the institution’s BRIT 2021 Challenge Point of Contact. There are approximately 450 universities and colleges in the UK, so partnering with Sporting Governing Bodies will assist in encouraging their current and retired sports personalities to join us. We will also ask the institutions themselves to encourage their sporting alumni to take part as Ambassadors.
We are delighted to have enjoyed special partnerships and relationships with the following organisations who have either championed our work to support young adult mental health or provide expert advice and support;
The Matthew Elvidge Trust
Shout (Mental Health Innovations)
British Paralympic Association
British Paralympic Association Athletes Commission
British Olympic Association (Team GB)
British Olympic Association Athletes Commission
Royal Yachting Association
National Fire Chief's Council
Our aspiration is to develop long-term partnerships and strong working relationships with Mental Health Charities, Education and Sporting Governing Bodies and all UK universities and colleges in order to deliver a collectively powerful impact in support of young adult mental health in the UK.
"We are very excited to be working with The British Inspiration Trust and providing advice, guidance and support. We believe that having physically and mentally healthy students and staff is central to enabling every higher education to perform better and achieve its Vision and Purpose. This is why we encourage every organisation to position wellbeing and mental health as a strategic priority.
BRIT is unique; not only are they a collaborative charity supporting other mental health charities through their UK-wide fundraising events; they are determined to bring education and sporting institutions together, in order to encourage every university, college and student union to embrace their annual BRIT Challenges and support and improve student and staff mental health and fitness. BRIT are also striving to bring British Sporting Icons together by inviting them to become BRIT Ambassadors and deliver much needed inspiration to young adults and students.
We need to invest more in mental health and wellbeing and the work of The Matthew Elvidge Trust involves providing grants and influencing policy across suicide prevention, bereavement support and mental health education in schools, universities and the workplace; "
Chair, The Matthew Elvidge Trust
Founding Member, Mental Health in Higher Education Advisory Group