2018-19 was a busy year for Mindfulness in Schools Project, full of change and progress. We welcomed a new CEO and new Board members, saw a positive start to our ‘A Million Minds Matter’ fundraising appeal and increased the number of Supported Places we were able to offer to schools. We also invested time in developing new courses and materials, began to communicate more proactively with our community and other stakeholders and, of course, delivered numerous courses to introduce adults to mindfulness and train them to teach mindfulness to children and young people.
We hosted an inspiring and engaging Conference in April 2019, attended by over 600 people, at which a host of celebrities, teachers and children spoke about their experience of mindfulness and supported its promotion in schools. We were delighted to announce the appointment of a strong body of Patrons who recognise the valuable impact of mindfulness: world expert, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Caroline Lucas MP, Game of Thrones actor, Jerome Flynn, and Radio One DJ, Cel Spellman. We also launched our Youth Ambassadors scheme, introducing four wonderful young people as advocates for our work: Emily, Enaya, Haroon and Luke.