Expansion of our Children and Young People Services

Extra funding for early support hubs will help children and young people receive better mental health support across the country.

Our Children & Young People’s Services Just Keep Growing! BWW Mind is thrilled to be one of the few selected to receive funding through a government programme aimed at providing early mental health support for children and young people (CYP) across the country. The introduction of CYP hubs highlights the growing commitment to ensuring timely and accessible mental health interventions for young people in the UK.

In October 2023, the government pledged nearly £8 million to be distributed among 24 early support hubs nationwide. This brand-new youth hub will be an expansion of our current Children & Young People services, consisting of mental health support teams that will provide 1:1 support and group workshops to young people, working with colleagues from youth clubs, further education colleges, after school clubs, and more.

The service will be available to 11 to 25 year olds. Young people can access evidence-based support, creative groups and art therapy. Interactive sessions are aimed at supporting young people to develop resilience, coping strategies, and enhancing social support networks. It will offer support for day-to-day worries, exam stress, relationships, anxiety, and low mood and signpost to relevant organisations for issues such as employment, sexual health, substance use, financial stress, etc.

The additional funding provides much-needed resources to expand our reach and capacity and allows for increased flexibility such as offering evening and weekend workshops and services, so young people can access guidance and assistance before their worries worsen.

Mental Health Minister Maria Caulfield emphasised the government’s commitment to enhancing mental health support for young people, stating, “No child or young person should suffer alone, and this additional funding for 24 mental health hubs will improve access and bring in more staff and experts who can help those who need it the most.”

We are a trusted provider of children and young people’s services, supporting over 10,000 young people annually. Securing these extra funds is a testament to our dedication to providing vital mental health services to the community, sitting proudly next to other leading mental health organisations selected for the campaign such as YoungMinds, and The Children’s Society.

At BWW Mind, we’re committed to expanding our reach and promoting mental wellbeing and resilience among the youth, empowering them to be healthier and happier, living the life they choose.

Posted on: 18th March 2024

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