Affecting public policy change for young people

An update from Our Time’s Director of Resources and Public Affairs Coordinator, Chloë Roach

Over the last three months, Our Time has continued its critical public affairs work asking the government to recognise and support children who live with or care for parents with a mental illness. From Covid to Brexit, the last year has been one of great change, and we’ve been working hard to demand the policy changes that children and young people in this country so urgently need.

I’m pleased to say, we will also be rebooting our petition within the next month, so please share, share and share again. We’ve almost reached 5,000 signatures, and we only need 10,000 for the government to respond officially. If you haven’t already done so, please sign our petition. This is such an important issue and by taking a minute to sign your name, you have the power to change a lot of young people’s lives for the better.

Rolling back to before Christmas (which seems a long time ago now!), we submitted evidence to the Education Committee’s inquiry ‘The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services’ in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, which was countersigned by Coram, Create Arts and Centre for Mental Health. We have since started to build an evidence pool to support submissions to the Children and Young People’s Mental Health inquiry, which specifically questions whether a reform towards early intervention and prevention as well as crisis care is necessary.

We would like to say a huge thanks to our public affairs volunteer, Rory Meredith, who joined us before Christmas and whose dedication and commitment has been invaluable to the charity.

Lastly, we’ve increased our policy work to such an extent over the last year that we now need somewhere on our website to house it! So stay tuned for a brand new, shiny policy area on our website coming soon.

And until then, sign our petition! I won’t say it again.