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Hey there!

What a year it’s been already… can’t quite believe school is already out for summer! 

The last few months have been a whirlwind, and we wanted to fill everyone in on some of our recent funding announcements, strategy and priorities for the rest of the year, upcoming campaigns, and ways to stay involved. 

Funding Announcements

Pictured above: operations manager, Pete, and communications manager, Shelby, at an event with UnLtd in London to help shape future funding strategies for social enterprises. 

We are beyond thrilled to announce that in the first half of 2022, we have received grants from the Social Enterprise Support Fund, UnLtd, Zing, and the Duchy of Lancaster.

The funding from these grants will help us become more sustainable moving forward. More specifically, the funding will go towards:

  • Growing our team of workshop presenters and sound engineers.
  • Diversifying our live workshop themes and content.
  • Strengthening and stabilising our core team.
  • Maintaining and updating our self-help resource.

For the people and communities we serve, this will mean:

  • Better availability in terms of dates that can be booked for a live workshop.
  • Fresh workshop content that speaks to the unique experiences of the students of today.
  • Fresh and timely content on our online mental health resource.
  • Increased capacity of our team to develop partnerships, seek new opportunities, and keep things ticking over smoothly!

We are so grateful to receive recognition and support at this level from the funding community.

Our team is committed to empowering ALL children, young people, and adults with the tools they need to manage their mental health, and this support enables us to continue working towards that mission.

Ramping Up Workshop Facilitator Recruitment

Workshop facilitator recruitment is one of our highest priorities right now ahead of the 2022/2023 school year.

We are currently recruiting singers, presenters, performing artists, and sound engineers to help us deliver our mental health workshops in primary and secondary schools across the UK.

This role is perfect for individuals who are:

  • Passionate about mental health
  • Love working with children and young people
  • Have experience in the performing arts

So far this year, we have onboarded 3 new workshop presenters and 2 sound engineers – but we still have room for more on our team!

If you or someone you know is interested in working with us as an artist or sound engineer, we encourage you to the application process here.

Self-Care Campaign

Last year we launched our annual #InternationalWeekendofSelfCare campaign – which set out to raise awareness of what self-care is and how it helps us maintain good mental health. 

This year, the campaign will take place on the 20-21 of August. The theme will be “Let’s Talk”, and we’ll be exploring the role that communication/opening up plays in our self-care routine. 

To support this campaign, we will be providing a number of free resources including blogs, interviews, webinars, downloadable packets, worksheets, playlists, and special offers from our partners. 

Check out the campaign page (www.thelilyjoproject.com/internationalweekendofselfcare) for the latest updates!

Getting Involved

We LOVE partnership, collaboration, and building relationships with our community. Here are just a few of the ways that you can get involved with our work:

If you love what we do and want to support us financially, we graciously accept donations of any size via PayPal here

Thanks again to those of you who continue to support us month after month with your donations, words of encouragement, and endless enthusiasm for our work. We see you, and we are so grateful for you. 

Much love,

Lily-Jo and The Lily-Jo Project team xx


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