YG proposes to support the young people in the District through the creation of Cotswolds Chat. YG see this as a partnership piece of work with Cotswolds Counselling and other mental health services in the area. With waiting lists high for those in need, the lack of flexible mental health support available and the continued struggles of young people accessing support in a very rural district we feel Cotswolds Chat could help address some of the most prevalent issues facing young people today. YG will work with a caseload of young people from across the Cotswold's District between the ages of 11-25. It will offer 1-2-1 support to young people to build relationships in an environment comfortable to them. Offering face to face, virtual, phone and text support. - Young people will show a reduction in anxiety and have a range of coping mechanisms. - Young people will feel better connected with Mental Health services in their area. - Young people will report improved wellbeing.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
YG will build strong working relationships with other organisations in the District, to ensure young people are referred onto Cotswold's Chat and equally referred onto other agencies should a young person require higher level Mental Health support. We would continue to support these young people alongside other support agencies in that situation. YG will work with a caseload of young people from across the Cotswold's District between the ages of 11-25. Benefits: • Young people will show a reduction in anxiety and have a range of coping mechanisms. • Young people will feel better connected with Mental Health services in their area. • Young people will report improved overall wellbeing. • Young people will show an increase in confidence and resilience. • Young people will have a range of coping mechanisms enabling them to show a sustained longer-term positive state of Mental Health. Read more of our young people's stories by visiting youngglos.org.uk/about-us/young-peoples-stories
Steps to get it done:
Since the Government announced lockdown measures in response to coronavirus, Young Gloucestershire (YG) have been working on the streets across the Cotswold' to educate, inform and provide support to young people. We are now starting to see the longer-term effects this period of lockdown has had on our younger generation, with our findings for the Cotswold' District supporting that of local and national reports which shows an increase in Youth Mental Health. From our time working in the Cotswold’s District listening to the views of young people we have found that there is a need to help better connect them to Mental Health provision locally, as well as there being a clear lack of provision to those that are on a long waiting list to receive counselling support. YG following a mapping exercise and close work with Mental Health providers in the area can see that there is a clear gap in accessible Mental Health support for young people. Cotswold's Chat could really help bridge this...
About the space
Cotswold District Council