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The Big Fancy Dress Singalong

There is still time to help us raise £250,000 for BBC Children in Need.

By Your Side (The Big Fancy Dress Singalong)

Tom Grennan is joined by people from across the UK for BBC Children in Need.

Hundreds of you filmed yourself singing and dancing to ‘By Your Side’ by Calvin Harris ft. Tom Grennan.

Help us raise £250,000.

Some of the videos were used on a special live performance of the song on BBC Children in Need's live show on BBC One, others were shared across local BBC radio and online.

You can still donate to help us raise £250,000 for BBC Children in Need. The charity supports over 1800 projects in England alone, but they can’t do it without your donations.

So please give what you can so that they can continue to support children and young people at a time when they need it most.

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What is the Make a Difference Happy Heads campaign?

The Make a Difference Happy Heads campaign is part of a BBC Headroom toolkit of practical tips, mood mixes, personal stories and daily inspiration. We’re here to help you through the day.

Recent data published by BBC Children in Need found that more than two-thirds of children and young people (68%) aged 11-18 believe that young people’s mental health in general has got worse as a result of the pandemic, with one in three (34%) not feeling comfortable to ask for help if they needed it.

We want to help children, parents and carers by promoting volunteering and sharing links to charities and organisations.

We know that not everything can be fixed quickly or simply however we hope that together we can help those in need of support.

Find out about companies and charities who are able to help

  • Anna Freud - This is a mental health charity which supports children,

  • BEAT - This is a national charity that supports people with eating disorders. Helpline: 0808 801 0677; Youthline: 0808 801 0711. Helplines are open 365 days a year from 9am–8pm during the week and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays.

  • Childline - Provides phone and text support as well as 1-2-1 counselling for children between 7am and 3am 7 days a week. Call: 0800 1111.

  • Kooth - Provides digital mental health care for parents and children.

  • NHS - Information about child and young peoples’ mental health.

  • Shout - Provides free, confidential mental health text support 24/7. Text 85258.

  • The Mix - This is the UK’s leading support service for young people. Call: 0808 808 4994 (4pm – 11pm).

  • YoungMinds - Offers information, support and advice for children and young people on mental health, wellbeing and self-harm. They also offer help for concerned parents of those under 25 is offered by phone: 0808 802 5544 (Mon –Fri 9.30am-4pm).

We will be adding to this list as the campaign continues.

Find out about charities that need volunteers

Below is a list of organisations that rely on volunteers to carry out their work. If you can give any time, no matter how little, they would be very grateful to hear from you.

  • Action for Children protects and supports children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. They have a variety of volunteer roles, so whatever your skills or experience, and however much time you can offer, they have a volunteering opportunity for you.

  • Barnardo’s - Whether helping customers in a shop, doing essential admin in the office or working directly with young people at a service, their volunteers make a huge difference to children’s lives.

  • Child Bereavement UK - have opportunities throughout the country, covering many aspects of our work. They can be flexible, tailoring volunteering to suit your time, skills and interests.

  • Childline - The NSPCC’s Childline service is a confidential place for children to contact – over the phone or online – whatever their worry. The service couldn’t keep running without the help of volunteers. As a Childline volunteer you'll be there for young people when they feel they have no one else to turn to, by giving a regular shift of up to 4 hours each week.

  • Coram Beanstalk is looking for anyone who understands the importance of reading to a child’s future success, to join them as a reading helper. They help children to become confident, independent readers and need more volunteers to enable them to reach more children.

  • Family Action is a charity that provide practical, emotional and financial support to families experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country. Their FamilyLine service provides emotional and practical support to adult family members through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message. The charity is looking for volunteers for their FamilyLine.

  • Grandmentors is run by Volunteering Matters and helps transform the lives of young people through the emotional and practical support of older, world-wise volunteers.

  • Pets As Therapy is a charity providing therapeutic pet visits to care homes, hospitals, schools & more. They’re looking for volunteers across England who have their own pets, to support children and young people.

  • Safe Families - provides host family volunteers who offer short periods of respite when children can’t stay at home. They have 3 main volunteer roles: Family Friends, Host Families and Resource Friends.

  • Scouts - Work to enrich children’s lives. As groups return to face to face meetings and activities, they are looking for volunteers across England to support them.

  • Sea Cadets - Need people who are happy to roll up their sleeves, get involved, and make a positive difference to teenagers who are often struggling. Roles for unit instructors and water sport instructors are available.

  • Shout is a 24/7 mental health text support service and is looking for ‘night owl’ volunteers who can respond to texts from people who need help after 10pm.

We will be adding to this list as the campaign continues.

Share your scheme

If you are an organisation supporting child mental health and would like to add information about support you can offer please contact us for consideration using this online form.

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