Huddersfield New College has revealed that former student and founder of Bizzy Chills Socials, a community interest company, has returned to College to support a group of students who are experiencing the same situation as Ruth did a decade ago  at their age– the sad loss of their mother.

Ruth (pictured above) founded Bizzy Chills Socials over a year ago. The organisation delivers bespoke workshops that help young people to develop coping strategies and feel good through activities such as mindful art, interactive games, and goal setting.

After losing her own mum at 18 whilst a student, Ruth has been working with a group of female students who are dealing with a similar situation, as part of a wider support package offered by College. Ruth volunteers her time and the students can take part in mindful art, talk about coping strategies or even just enjoy some supportive chit chat.

Ruth, who studied Business at HNC, worked in various educational roles after graduating before returning to Huddersfield to set up Bizzy Chills. She explains:

“Losing my mum was of course one of the most challenging things I have been through, and before this happened we were dealing with some really hard circumstances at home which together did influence my behaviour and the way I dealt with things - not always positively! Bizzy Chills Socials is all about helping young people to process what they feel, and develop strategies for coping. The support available to young people has come a long way in a decade, but I do think it makes a difference to be able to talk to someone who has been there in a way that suits you – and we try to have lots of fun too! I have been there, and understand how difficult the bad times can be.  I am delighted to be able to help the students at HNC who are dealing with a similar life changing event to grow a positive mindset and develop their resilience as they too deal with a difficult situation.”

Lee Goddard, Vice Principal says: “We have had some incredible feedback from the students who have participated in Ruth’s sessions. Whilst we do offer students a comprehensive package of support, the students really enjoy developing coping strategies with someone who genuinely understands how they are feeling. We would like to thank Ruth for returning to College to help our young people to not only manage their feelings, but look forward to their future too.”

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