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Super Saturday is back for 2024!

A collage of images including a young boy playing with some giant teeth, colleagues in a library and a big yellow bear.
24 January 2024

We kicked off our first Super Saturday event of 2024 at the weekend, and what a day it was! We had over 150 conversations with people and talked all things oral health and mental wellness including baby massage, teeth cleaning to mental health first aid kids.

We went to Meadowhall, Highfield Adventure Playground, and – for the first time – the Central Library.

We spoke with people of all ages about self-care and school, life with new-born babies and the experience of becoming a dad for the first time, sugary food swaps, and opportunities to get involved with research projects at Sheffield Children’s. We also gave out lots of free resources to support young people with their teeth cleaning and even did baby massage demonstrations to show parents how to activate their baby’s parasympathetic nervous system which helps them relax.

At Meadowhall we were joined by Chileypep, a young people’s empowerment project based in Sheffield. They provided advice around mindfulness and supported over 30 young people to make glitter jars and paintings as part of a mental health first aid kit. This went down especially well with teenage friends who were spending time together in Meadowhall.

Two of our services – the Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS) and The Lucy Project – joined our 0-19 team at Meadowhall for the first time and they were able to share more about what they do as well as signpost to lots of other organisations we collaborate with across the city.

The Lucy Project offers self-referral psychological interventions to support young people under 18 who are experiencing difficulties with low mood or anxiety in relation to their physical health while under the care of Sheffield Children’s, and the PAIRS service are a small team of psychologists and psychotherapists who are passionate about supporting parents, carers and professionals to make sure that every baby in Sheffield has the best possible start in life.

Becky Evans is a Senior Child Wellbeing Practitioner at Sheffield Children’s and it was her first Super Saturday. She said: “Meadowhall is a great venue for Super Saturday as it attracts young people of all ages. We were able to chat to some young people about The Lucy Project and share resources that included leaflets around how families can self-refer using the QR code. Having Theo Bear visit was also lovely as this created a buzz around the stalls and lots of children and young people liked taking selfies with him”.

Theo even managed to visit the park during a short dry spell where he met lots of enthusiastic children and gave out free resources to support with oral health and mental wellbeing.

A huge thank you to the locations who hosted us on Saturday, to all the teams and people who helped make the day happen, and to everyone who got involved.

We have lots more Super Saturday events lined up this year which we’re really looking forward to. We’ll be sharing more about the next one soon.


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