The Midlothian 100 Day Challenge focused on Children and Young People and their mental health.
A few months have passed since the People Powered Results team completed its first ever 100 Day Challenge in Scotland.
The Challenge focused on improving mental health and wellbeing for children and young people in Midlothian, and was designed to act as a catalyst for action within a broader five-year project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Nesta worked in partnership with Midlothian council and Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Improvement Hub to support three multi-agency teams to think differently about the support currently on offer to children and young people.
The Challenge involved 42 team members from 19 different organisations, including schools, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and numerous others from the statutory, voluntary, and community sectors - all working together in new ways to listen and respond to what children, young people, families and carers need.
The three teams tested out ideas that would help different groups: children moving from primary to secondary school, young people transitioning from secondary school to college, and care-experienced young people across Midlothian.
What really stood out in this Challenge was the sheer commitment each team had towards genuinely listening and involving children and young people, their families and carers. All three teams based their ideas on what people felt would make an actual difference, and two teams also had people with lived experience involved as team members throughout the 100 days. This kept children and young people’s voices at the heart of everything teams did and helped to shape the Challenge’s direction in unexpected and helpful ways. For instance:
In total, 175 children, young people, families and carers were involved in Midlothian’s 100 Day Challenge and the experience has set a precedent for this to continue, so that people with lived experience are helping shape the programmes and services that affect them.
The learning from Midlothian has had a knock-on effect on the People Powered Results team in terms of our own approach to co-production - as we work to apply the same commitment shown by teams in Scotland.
We’re constantly evolving how we approach the design of 100 Day Challenges to ensure that people with lived experience are meaningfully involved every step of the way, from the initial design of 100 Day Challenges through to participating during the Challenge as members of the leadership group and teams. In doing so, we aim to forge new relationships between citizens, front-line practitioners and leaders – not only to help them re-imagine what’s possible for the future of health and care, but to build that future together.
To find out more about the work of the People Powered Results team read our report reflecting on five years of the 100 Day Challenge.