NEXUS Rock Painting ChallengeEbony Chapman
If you visit People’s Park over the summer break, you may find a surprise; pebbles painted with colourful pictures or uplifting messages.
Kick starting the summer holidays, NEXUS mental health youth forum held a rock painting challenge in People’s Park Grimsby, encouraging young people and their families to get outdoors and be creative.
NEXUS Youth Forum is a partnership project with NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC, The Humberside Police Youth Engagement Team, Ican – NEL Council, NEL CCG, The YMCA Humber, Franklin College and Ignite.
Through the Humberside Youth Association the forum successfully acquired a grant to hold activity days with the aim to get young people engaging with social activities.
The Rock painting challenge did just that – with roughly 150 young people and their parents painting and hiding rocks decorated with animals and cartoon characters to messages of hope and sharing positivity.
In total the team and volunteers painted over 20kg of rock; asking visitors to paint or share messages of kindness and happiness to encourage the conversation of mental health.
The rocks were then hidden around People’s Park requesting people to share their rocks on the ‘Grimsby and Cleethorpes Rocks’ Facebook page when found.
Amy Quickfall, NAViGO Project & Engagement manager and event co-ordinator said, “We have already seen so many people post and re-hiding the rocks, it is heart-warming. Rock painting is a free and quiet hobby that you can do at any time to help you relax and de-stress. Special thank you to all the volunteers and partner organisations who supported the day.”