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Crisis support for Guildford Youngsters

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Crisis support for Guildford Youngsters

Emerge advocacy By Emerge advocacy

Bringing a voice of hope & providing compassionate support for the recovery of young people in Royal Surrey hospital and in the community following self-harm, a suicide attempt or emotional crisis.

Guildford Fundraising stage

pledged of £28,818
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We provide a compassionate space for young people in emotional crisis in Royal Surrey hospital & in the community. We spend time with them in ways busy staff can't - chatting if they want, relaying information to the nurse or simply distract them with board games. This is how young people put it: “To have someone to chat to took my mind off all that was happening and kept me calm so I could sleep. The Emerge worker made me laugh & I felt safe talking… a weight has been lifted. I have a new lease of life” Joy, the founder of Emerge knows personally how ‘precious it is to have someone come alongside and help us find some light during the darkest hours. Doing this for others is the best thing ever! All our volunteers are passionate about helping young people in crisis towards recovery. “ And it is great to support the wonderful hospital staff who say: “Thank you so much. Hascombe Ward have benefitted so much from having your service. You do an amazing job and make a huge difference.”

What we'll deliver:

  • Youth support workers to help young people struggling with self-harm, feeling suicidal or in emotional crisis

Why it's a great idea:

We support local people aged 10-25 in A&E struggling with self-harm, a suicide attempt or emotional crisis. Young minds say that mental ill-health is a 'tidal wave that is breaking now' & it's clear that demand for mental health services exceeds capacity. Mental health clinicians do amazing work but there are too few. And they don’t have time to come alongside young people in the nuanced way we do - we chat, sit with them, play games, relay information to staff for them, talk to parents. Staff and local young people in crisis really need our support. We also signpost & support parents to help. Patients, parents & staff consistently give positive feedback. It is proven that creating a calming environment around psychiatric disturbance shortens patient admissions, lessens the severity of their illness & medication needs. “The emerge service is fundamental to this process, adding staffing at a one to one level without cost to the NHS, win win in terms of psychiatric care!" - A&E Doctor.

Steps to get it done:

  • Deploying youth support workers in the A&E departments
  • Meeting with young people needing support, usually around five young people per week
  • Providing follow up support for young people once they leave hospital
  • Providing this service week by week, month by month for all young people in crisis who need us.

Young people express to us how we help them take the first steps towards recovery. "When I met you guys I was below 1% of hope... but you guys held to the 99%. Now I am more like 70% me, 30% you guys. I still have crap days but I am important and I will fight for that!” - young person. Parents tell us in our training workshops how hard it is to access the right help for the young people. CAMHS Liaison Nurses say they feel concerned about the levels of support for young people when discharged. Independent sources show young people value the kind of support we offer - non-clinical, informal, with availability during evenings, in hospitals, & informally in their communities. (Surveys by CAMHS Youth Advisors & the User Voice & Participation groups). This evidence confirms the need to keep our services readily accessible & non -clinical- adding value to the clinical work done with young people in crisis. These funds will further our aim to see equity of provision of our support locally.

Location Guildford

About the space

Royal Surrey County Hospital & Guildford area


Surrey County Council

How will the money be spent?Total £28,818

Youth worker wages for hospital support - £11,405 (40%)
Youth worker wages for follow up support - £7,669 (27%)
Project management and support - £4,858 (17%)
Team training - £1,180 (4%)
Resources for young people - £910 (3%)
Volunteer youth workers monthly cost - £660 (2%)
Staff travel - £600 (2%)
Equipment - £444 (2%)
Hospitality - £210 (1%)
Other - £882 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Youth worker wages for hospital support
Youth worker wages for follow up support
Project management and support
Team training
Resources for young people
Volunteer youth workers monthly cost
Staff travel
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Youth support workers providing continued care in the future

Total £28,818

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