Tom Grennan, the Bedford-born chart topper, has become ambassador for a local charity championing young peoples’ mental health.
The ‘Making Me’ charity empowers children and young people to stay ‘mentally fit’ through knowledge and resources.
Talking about the charity, Tom stressed the importance of looking after your mental health. He said: “Making Me is all about learning how to stay well upfront – don’t wait for it to become a problem.
“I want to remind everybody that asking for support is the biggest strength of all, never a weakness. The last 18 months have been tough for everyone, we all need to make time to look after ourselves and each other.”
Liz Fordham, Chief Executive Officer of Making Me said they were “incredibly grateful” for Tom’s support and “enthusiasm to collaborate” with them.
She said: “Our aim at Making Me is to equip children with the power to thrive – whatever is happening in life. We are so delighted that Tom is joining us as Ambassador; his genuine passion and commitment to supporting the mental wellbeing of children and young people in Bedfordshire is infectious and the impact that he will make to the work we do is immeasurable.”
Tom is passionate about giving back to his hometown.
During the pandemic he used his voice as a platform for the Bedford community and volunteered with the Bedford Foodbank. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Bedfordshire in 2019 for outstanding services to the arts.
His recent ‘HomeTown’ shows at Esquires on 13 and 15 August completely sold out.
Founded in 2018, ‘Making Me’ run a programme of workshops in schools, from reception to year 13, that give children the knowledge and skills they need to build their resilience and support their mental wellbeing.
Their vision is to equip children with the ability to care for their mental wellbeing before they encounter difficulties and need specialist help. They believe children benefit more from a ‘preventative programme’ than school counselling on it’s own.