Talents and interests are the things you like doing in your free time - things you are good at or enjoy.
Having a talent, or things you are interested in, can make you feel good. They:
- give you a sense of identity and belonging
- can improve your mood
- can lead to other opportunities
- give you enjoyment and a reason to feel good about yourself.
Is there something you used to love doing but you don’t anymore? Why is that? Think about what interests you, what you are good at, what you might like to try.
- There might be opportunities inside school. Speak to school staff. If you can't currently find a club or activity that suits your interests, try and find out if other people might like the same things as you. Your school might be willing to consider developing a new club or activity.
- What activities do you know of outside school?
- Are any of your friends already involved in things you’d like to try? Speak to your friends, find out where the activities are run, if they cost anything to attend, how you could get there (maybe another parent could help out if travel is difficult)
Talents and Interests grant scheme is designed to support young people identified by their schools and communities. You can bid for £50 to £500 per grant.
Pay It Forward
HeadStart's ‘Pay It Forward’ initiative may also be of interest to you. We want to give young people the opportunity to help others, something which can also have a positive effect on your own emotional wellbeing. Pay it Forward is funded by the Big Lottery Fund to enable young people to do something to help other people. If you’re aged between 10 and 16 and live in Kent you can apply for a grant of up to £1000 here. The applications are assessed in rounds across the year so check to see when the next opportunity is.
You may also want to consider getting involved in HeadStart Kent.