Since 2015 we have seen around 2000 children and young people in Barnsley. We have done this by offering workshops, social groups, LGBT+ group, 1:1 interventions at our offices and through our work in Dearne ALC and our services bought in by Primary Schools.
Our workshops for 11 to 18 years run over 6 weeks and teach young people how to manage their mental health and gives them coping strategies to manage emotional wellbeing. This involves teaching neuroscience – how the brain works in relation to anxiety and moods, teaching relaxation skills, breathing techniques, therapy intervention techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused techniques and complementary interventions such as aromatherapy.
Our workshops for 7 to 11 years run over 8 weeks and is more focused around thoughts and feelings and understanding emotions and how to manage them.
Our work in schools is offered as 1:1 intervention and Schools identify which pupils we work with. These pupils are either struggling with anxiety, looked after children, low mood/motivation and stress. We use Solution Focused Therapy in 1:1 interventions, this focuses on where they want to be in life rather than where they have been.
We also offer counselling sessions at our offices delivered by BACP registered students completing their final year of Counselling Diploma.
Children and young people attending our service either find out about us and come and join a drop in session or are referred by GP’s, CAMHS, Schools, Social Care, TIAG and other organisations.
They have differing needs, although early, low level intervention was our remit we do have many children and young people that self-harm, feel suicidal, hear voices and are very high level cases and we have therefore had to step up our training to offer a higher level of intervention.
We monitor young people’s mental wellbeing by using the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale so that we can show evidence that the work we are doing is working. Some young people do not improve through our workshop intervention and we have found that these young people have high level mental health issues or have or are awaiting a diagnosis of ASD or ADHD. We always recommend that these young people return to their GP to be referred to or chase up appointments at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Where permission is given by parents/carers we share information with CAMHS about data we have gathered.
Our funding is from The Big Lottery, Reaching Communities which ends in September 2020, Paul Hamlyn Foundation which ends in February 2020, South Yorkshire Community Foundation who fund 12 month projects, BMBC Dearne Area Team, Central Area Team, South Area Team and North East Area Team who fund 12 month projects
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