Barnsley Academy has rolled out a new reading initiative aimed at supporting students’ mental health. ‘Reading Well for Young People’, which is run by national organisation The Reading Agency, provides 13-18 year olds with a unique catalogue of books recommended by health professionals and young people with first-hand experience of mental health issues. By participating in the scheme, which is also supported by the Society of Chief Librarians and the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Libraries, the students will discover the positive effect of reading on their mental health and wellbeing.
To get the scheme off the ground, local business Henry Boot Construction has donated £350 to the academy to help them buy new books which focus on wellbeing and having a positive mindset.
Barnsley Academy’s Principal Stephen Dixon said:
“Projects such as this are incredibly important in helping support the wellbeing of our students. We are delighted to be part of the scheme and are extremely grateful to Henry Boot Construction for their support.”
Ryan O’Loughlin, Project Director for Henry Boot Construction, said:
“Henry Boot Construction is delighted to assist with the purchase of new books for Barnsley Academy. The ‘Reading Well for Young People’ scheme is a fantastic programme that supports adolescent mental health issues and we hope that our contribution will go some way towards ensuring the scheme is a success for the school and its students.”