Days like Youth in Mind are co-created by all those involved, thank you to everyone who engaged in Youth in Mind 2020!

Thank you to all individuals and organisations who gave their time to showcase innovative approaches being used to meet the mental health needs of children and young people in the county. We are particularly grateful to all those who gave their time to speak, perform, lead workshops and volunteer on the day. Please see the list of people and organisations involved below.

“Youth in Mind, you out-did yourself completely! This was a phenomenal conference – I felt so fortunate to be there.”

It was inspiring to see so many people in Oxfordshire keen to address children and young people’s mental health and we hope that this is enhancing the cross collaboration of children and young people’s services. We have had so many encouraging emails and posts on social media about the event.

Youth in Mind - Ndidi OkezieMy favourite quote of the day:

“Young people are not a problem to be fixed”

Ndidi Okezie, CEO UK Youth



Another celebrated feature of the conference was the launch of the Youth in Mind GUIDE, with county wide information about organisations and services that support the wellbeing of children and young people as well as key statutory service contacts.

A massive thank you to all involved!


Headline Sponsor

The Priory Private Healthcare


Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and NHS Improvements, QDP Services, CPOMS, Myconcern, Oxford City Council OXCEP,  Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford Health Charity, 


Youth in Mind Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind

  • Paul Farmer – CEO of Mind
  • Ndidi Okezie – CEO of UK Youth
  • Lucy Butler- Director of Children’s Services at Oxfordshire County Council, Hannah Farncombe – Deputy Director for Children’s Social Care
  • Andrea Shand – Head of Service Oxfordshire CAMHS for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Lee Denton – Head of Children and Young People services, Response


  • Grange Primary School – young mental health ambassadors
  • Short Films about Mental Health
  • Mandala Theatre performance of Pipeline
  • Panel discussion with Andrea King, Becky Saunders, Dr Clara Barker, Mo Patel, Dr Marie Tidball, Yasmin Sidhwa
  • Spoken word – Oliver Thomson and Rory (Rawz) Campbell
Youth in Mind Mandala Theatre Group

‘Pipelines’ by the Mandala Theatre Group

Workshop providers 

  • Teenage depression – support strategies by Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Priory Wellbeing Centre Oxford
  • Using a CBT approach to tackle anxiety by Charlie Lewis-Pryde, Oxfordshire Team leader at One-Eighty.
  • Protective behaviours by young presenters from Step Out, led Emily Whitehall-Chaundy
  • Special Education Needs, Disability (SEND) and Wellbeing by Catherine Roderick , Principal Educational Psychologist at Oxfordshire County Council
  • An introduction to children and young people’s mental health by Hayley Reynolds, Training Coordinator at Oxfordshire Youth
  • Creating a young resilient mind in your workplace by Matt Gregor from Resilient Young Minds
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – an introduction to developmental trauma by Julia Belton from Clear Sky Children’s Charity
  • Resilience: managing difficult emotions by Rowen Smith and Mary Taylor from Family Links
  • Children’s physical inactivity and mental health – A ticking time bomb? by Lucy Tappin and Perry Trafford from Active Oxfordshire
  • Restorative approach enhancing mental wellbeing by Colette Selwood and Ann Jansen-East from the Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service
  • Gaming, gambling and online resilience by Kev Clelland, Operations Director at YGAM
  • Whole school approach – secondary schools by Jo Hatfield, senior inclusion consultant for OXSIT
  • An exploration of the parents’ role in their infant’s developing sense of self by Joanna Tucker from OXPIP

Stall holders

  • Active Oxfordshire
  • ARCh
  • Ark T
  • Army Cadets
  • Aspire
  • At The Bus
  • Be free Young Carers
  • CAMHS and Response
  • Clear Sky Children’s Charity
  • Compassion Matters
  • Debating Mental Health Ltd.
  • Discovery College
  • Donnington Doorstep
  • Empowerment & Performance Coaching
  • Family Links
  • Health Watch Oxfordshire
  • Home Start
  • Honeypot Children’s Charity
  • Mandala Theatre
  • Mini Me Yoga
  • Mulberry Bush School
  • MyConcern
  • National Association for Head Teachers (NAHT)
  • National Energy Foundation
  • OCC Educational Psychologists
  • OCC School Inclusions Team
  • One-Eighty
  • Oxford ADHA Centre Ltd.
  • Oxford Mental Health Network
  • Oxford Teacher Training
  • Oxford University – Emerging Minds
  • Oxford University Hospital
  • Oxfordshire Mind
  • Oxfordshire Youth
  • Priory Healthcare
  • QDP Ltd.
  • Recovery College, Restore
  • Relaxkids
  • Resilient Young Minds
  • SAFE! Project
  • Short Films for Mental Health
  • Smooga Ltd
  • Spencer Education
  • Study Skills Academy
  • Talking Space Plus
  • Thames Valley Restorative Justice
  • Terrence Higgins Trust
  • The Mint House
  • The Play Works
  • The Virtual School for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (VSLAC)
  • Trauma Recovery Centre
  • Triangle Consulting- Outcome Star
  • Urban Music Foundation
  • VOXY
  • Where the Fruit Is
  • YGAM

Upcoming events

Youth Awards 2020 – Wednesday 13th of May 2020. Nominations close soon, so make sure to nominate any outstanding young people you know for any and all of the award categories.

Annual Youth Work Conference November 2019 – Further information to be released soon