Khulisa: Finalists for the 2021 Children and Young People Now Awards

Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award amongst 10 other finalists, including wonderful peer organsiations such as The Children’s Society, Invictus Wellbeing and the Wilderness Foundation. The award is for the initiative that has done the most to transform the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, whether through prevention, early intervention or treatment. Entries are open to CAMHS, public sector, voluntary sector, clinical commissioning groups, and specialist support services.

Our application features our flagship programme Face It, run in schools with 11-18 year olds with young people at risk of exclusion and violence. You can find out more about the Face It programme and our work in schools at

The programme has had a deep impact on several of the students. It has opened a bit of a Pandora’s Box for some students and is just the beginning of a process that the students will need continued support with. - College Principal, NewLAP College, Newham
If other students asked me about Khulisa I'd say "don't assume what it's going to be like. This school has so many interventions but I've never had one like this/ I think everyone enjoyed it. The facilitators weren't like normal adults. They gave us more freedom and were nice and understanding instead of putting pressure on us and telling us what to do. - 13 year old programme participant

The Recruitment and Professional Development Award

This award is for the organisation, team or initiative that has made the biggest contribution to boost recruitment or the status of work with childrenyoung people and families through activities such as innovative marketing, change management or training.

Our application features our work with the key adults in young people’s lives, such as teachers, teaching assistants, school support staff, social workers, and youth workers who all play valuable roles in young people’s lives. Through our trauma informed training, over 1-3 days we explore topics such as how trauma impacts developing brains, managing personal wellbeing, compassion fatigue, and managing conflict.

The demand for this training has grown throughout the pandemic as adults concerned for the young people in their care has grown – we are doing everything we can to meet this need.

You can find out more about the programme on our website at

I absolutely LOVED this session... can help us and those we work alongside... we've all taken away some new techniques to try to manage wellbeing during this difficult time #allthedifference - Clinks, CEO
We really valued our training with Khulisa, which was expertly delivered and contained a fantastic blend of theory and practical solutions! - Leaders Unlocked

We look forward to the virtual ceremony where the winners with be announced, taking place on 25th November 2021 and hope you can join us. For further information and to stay updated on the awards please go to

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