We run services around the country for young people who are desperately in need of mental health support

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Our services include therapeutic support, befriending, counselling or advice.

Pause, Birmingham

A city centre drop-in service for 0-25 year olds, Pause offers onsite support in many different ways. Young people can join a workshop, create some art, go somewhere quiet to think, or simply have a cuppa and chat with someone who will listen and try to help work things out.

The partnership, led by Birmingham Chidren’s Hospital, includes Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, The Priory Group, Beacon UK and The Children’s Society and we form Forward Thinking Birmingham – a single point of access for GP’s, schools, local authorities, children, young people, young adults and families, to access the right support at the right time.

The Children’s Society manages Pause, it is a welcoming, bright and spacious hub in the city centre which will offer a range of mental health services to the target group of young people and parents. Young people can feel safe here and know that they are amongst people who are happy to be there and support them.

This service will design and deliver a range of new services and facilities focussed around the individual needs of 0-25 year olds, the first time that services have spanned this age range. It intends to bring an end to disjointed and fragmented care provision, complicated service pathways and long waiting lists. Services will also be more closely aligned with health, education and care plans, and local authority services for people with learning disabilities and those in care. 

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Beam Sandwell – emotional health and wellbeing service

A drop in service supporting young people, their families, friends and carers, by providing help, support, advice and guidance to any young person between 5 and 18 years old who has emotional or mental health issues.

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Beam: Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

A drop in service which listens to and supports children and young people with anything affecting their emotional health and well-being.

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Family food together

Offering families a chance to come together to cook and learn about healthy eating lifestyles in community centres or at home. 

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Families Greater Together, Oldham

An early intervention service for families in Oldham who are experiencing or have recently been exposed to domestic abuse.

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Resolve Counselling Services: Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale

Resolve is an emotional health and well-being service for children affected by domestic or sexual abuse.

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'My Voice' - Tees Valley Restorative Programme

This service draws on our extensive experience in restorative justice, family mediation and intensive support to teenagers to help some of the most vulnerable young people and families in the area.

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CheckPoint in Torbay

This service provides counselling for 10 to 17 year olds living in Torbay who are dealing with abuse, bullying, bereavement or isolation. Referrals come from GP’s, CAMHS, schools, other services within CheckPoint, family or by self-referral.

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The Children’s Society in Birmingham and Coventry

This service works with young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees providing a counselling service to support their emotional wellbeing.

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Waves

This service offers advice and guidance to children and young people up to the age of 20, and keeps those who may be at risk safe from harm. Information, advice and guidance is offered on issues such as relationship difficulties, problems at home, bullying, drug and alcohol issues, applying for benefits and finding safe accommodation. It also offers family mediation if there are difficulties with relationships at home. Parenting advisors work with parents, carers and young people, usually within the home, offering advice and support during difficult times.

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The Children’s Society in Essex

This service has been the main provider of young people’s substance misuse services for Essex County Council for over a decade through Essex Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service (EYPDAS). It provides a wide array of services to improve children, young people and families lives including counselling for young people who use substances; supporting young people with substance misuse issues in the criminal justice system; a targeted groupwork programme which generates awareness and works with children and young people at risk of using drugs and alcohol and engaging in other risky behaviours. The Children At Risk of Exploitation (CARE) team also provides specialist support to children and young people aged 8-24 years who are victims, or at risk of child sexual exploitation across Essex.

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Young Carers in Focus Programme (YCiF), England-wide

This service is a dedicated online space for young carers through the safe social network Makewaves at which aims to build their resilience. It provides an online connection for young carers nationally where they can share experiences and gain new information. It also enables them to publish information and blogs to raise awareness among the public and professionals. Links to emotional support for young cares are provided and they are supported face-to-face by projects involved in their locality. A series of resources specifically for young carers and others which are of benefit to all young people have been developed and published on the Makewaves YCiF online space with a key partner Rethink Mental Illness.

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Young Carers in Schools, England-wide

This service is an England-wide initiative that equips schools to support young carers and awards good practice demonstrated by schools including supporting their emotional wellbeing. Run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society Young Carers in Focus Programme, we are improving the identification and support of young carers in schools across the country, so that they get the help they need. This initiative is funded by The Queen’s Trust and The Big Lottery Fund.  By taking part in the Young Carers in Schools programme, schools will be able to show that they are meeting the needs of a particularly vulnerable group of pupils (specifically mentioned in Ofsted’s School Inspection Handbook). It has been successfully delivered to 20 local authorities and academy chains as early implementation sites and applications are being accepted from across England. 

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Making a Step Change Programme, England-wide

This service, funded by the Department for Education, includes engaging with mental health commissioners and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) teams across England to improve practice for young carers and to support local authorities (adult services and children’s services) to adopt a whole family approach.

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Warm and Informed, North East

Helps those struggling to make ends meet in budgeting for essentials like heating their homes.

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