Gabriella Baronello

Gabriella is using creative workshops to help teach primary 7 pupils about healthy relationships.

Mental health and domestic abuse figures in Ayrshire are amongst the highest in the country, according to recent figures from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). Gabriella wants to tackle this with her workshops, aimed at pupils transitioning from primary to secondary school.

The programme she has developed will give pupils the tools to protect themselves and connect to other individuals safely and healthily, while building their confidence, autonomy and resilience. Her previous experience delivering creative workshops has shown they are an efficient method of engaging and teaching pupils.

Gabriella said:

As mental health issues in young people continue to grow, coercive control and cyberbullying are becoming more prevalent across social media and historic incidents of child sexual exploitation are highlighted all over the UK, there is an overwhelming need to educate our young people on healthy relationships.

With support from What if…Girvan, Gabriella is looking to pilot her project in the area. Once developed, she hopes to be able to extend the programme in Girvan as well as roll it out more widely to benefit those across Scotland.