Grants Awarded To Support Young People’s Mental Health And Wellbeing In Eden

Cumbria County Council’s Local Committee for Eden has approved a recommendation for an emotional wellbeing pilot project for young people in Eden.

The ‘Coaches in Mind’ programme has been allocated £10,000 to support the cost of developing the project as a pilot.

‘Coaches in Mind’, which will be launched in the autumn, will provide confidential 1-2-1 coaching through online therapeutic programmes, as well as face to face engagement with a trained mentor.

Up to 150 places on the programme will be made available for young people in Eden, aged 14 – 19 years.

The programme will be delivered by Carlisle and Eden Mind, and access will be facilitated by secondary schools across Eden.

Coaches in Mind will offer each young person a six-week guided programme with a trusted mentor, plus continued access to the emotional resilience online tools for a further 12 months.

The committee also awarded a grant of £4,618.60 for The Oaklea Trust’s ‘Right2Work’ scheme in Eden.

This pilot scheme, which will also launch in the autumn, aims to assist young people aged 11-18 years with additional needs into education and employment.

Through 1-2-1 support and group work, young people will be supported with returning to school settings, pathways into further education, internships and employment.

The scheme aims to increase employability opportunities for young people with additional needs and support activities that improve mental health and emotional well-being.

Cllr. Phil Dew, Chair of Eden Local Committee, said: “One of our key priorities for Children and Young People in Eden is to support activities that help to improve mental health in young people in Eden. The Coaches in Mind project aims to do just that and we are pleased to be piloting this new initiative in Eden.”

“It is also really pleasing to see our 0-19 grants, which are available for not for profit groups working with children and young people in the local community, contributing to such a worthwhile project and supporting young people who face additional challenges accessing further education and employment.”

Cllr. Lissie Sharp, Communities Portfolio Holder for Eden District Council, said: “As the Young Person’s Champion for Eden District Council, I really welcome the decision from CCC Eden Local Committee to fund the pilot project ‘Coaches in Mind’ and the Right2Work scheme. 

“It can be a struggle to find the right support. This is such a difficult time for young people, the coronavirus pandemic has piled on a huge amount of extra pressure and uncertainty and there is a real concern about the impact on their mental health. 

“Having access to information and support is vital, and I think both these projects are an essential part of what I hope is a wider strategy for the long term recovery of our children and young people. 

For more information on grants available from Eden Local Committee please contact the Eden Community Development team on 01768 812660.