Number of children and young people IiC have impacted 20,000

Our Projects

Below are some examples of our work with children and young people.

For details on any of our project work, reviews or evaluations please contact us.

Emotional Health and Well-being

Investing in Children supports children and young people in a variety of ways to have a say or receive support for their emotional and well-being. Working in partnership with mental health commissioners and service providers we are involved in:

Anti-Stigma – Stamp it Out Co-ordination

Stamp It Out is the County Durham Mental Health anti-stigma and discrimination campaign. The aim of the project is to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people who experience mental health problems by raising awareness amongst the general public, within the workplace, children and young people and other settings. Investing in Children are funded to coordinate Stamp It Out one day per week.

CAMHS Participation Groups

Investing in Children provides an arm’s length support to the three area participation groups within County Durham. The CAMHS Participation Groups meet monthly and provide children and young people that access CAMHS the opportunity to meet informally to provide feedback and help make positive changes to the service based on their ideas and experiences.

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Decades Project - Women's rights

The Decades Project was funded by Heritage Lottery - Young Roots. This provided the opportunity for a group of young women from across County Durham to be supported by Investing in Children to research and present their findings through the decades of the heritage of women in the North East. The project took place over 18 months and came to an end in December 18. 14 young women acted as young researchers and interviewed 50 women from across the North East and produced 12 Heritage based stories to represent some of their findings.

Read all project stories - Read the project report

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Decisions Group

The Decisions Gorup meet on a montly basis to talk about Investing in Children and what changes need to be made to improve it. All of the decisions made are based on what children and young people say about the organisation and how it is run. It is the job of the Decisions Group to make sure everyone has a say.

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Durham Children in Care Council (CICC)

The CICC is a group for children and young people who are looked after in County Durham. The CICC meets every month to talk about life in care and raise any issues they have and the improvements they want to make to Durham County Council. It is also an opportunity for children and young people to come together and say what works and share positive stories of the support they have received.

Additional to this, children and young people have the chance to meet regularly with council decision makers and run regular training for potential foster carers, social workers, looked after managers and heads of service so that their voice is heard at all levels and can influence decisions and changes to the service looked after children and young people receive.

Click here to visit the CiCC WEBSITE

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eXtreme Group

The eXtreme Group is a mix of young people with SEND from across County Durham. They meet regularly to discuss issues that are affecting their lives and work together to make recommendations that aim to improve services available for children and young people across the county. The eXtreme Group have been involved in a range of projects supporting the review of the Home to School Transport service, reviewing the Local Offer, reviewing Children’s Therapies and various projects supporting the transition from Children’s to Adult’s Services to name a few. The group usual meets on the 1st Thursday in the month in Durham from 5-6.30pm.

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Health Group

The Health Group is a reference group which supports North Durham CCG & Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield CCG with their engagement with children and young people relating to the CCG’s priority areas. Some of the engagement the group have worked on includes reviewing children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing services, improving websites and digital communication, and the review of seven day access health services. The group usual meets on the 3rd Thursday in the month in Durham from 5-6pm.

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Investing in Children Membership Award™ in Ireland

Investing in Children has been commissioned to introduce and develop a Quality Assurance process across Tusla to ensure that the collective voice of children and young people is embedded in rights based practice. Please see website below.

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Investing in Children facilitates a Young Adult Support Café (YASC) every Tuesday evening from 5-8pm in partnership with Waddington Street Mental Health Resource Centre in Durham. YASC is an informal emotional wellbeing peer support drop in session which supports young adults aged 16-21 transition from Children’s to Adults Services. The session is based at Waddington Street Centre in Durham and is free to access with facilities that include a café with light refreshments facilities, art studio and media room.

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My Space

Investing in Children continue to facilitate a fortnightly session in Aycliffe Secure Centre called My Space. This time provides children and young people placed within the Secure Children’s Home an opportunity to come together as a group with young people from the different houses to highlight examples of good practice, as well as make recommendations for improvement based on their experiences.

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Type 1 Kidz

IiC has been involved in the development of Type 1 Kidz, a programme that runs support groups for children, young people and their families living with Type 1 diabetes in the North East. The Type 1 Kidz programme is designed and delivered by young people and over time has transformed the services for those that live with the condition.

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ViiC – Volunteering at Investing in Children

ViiC – Volunteering Investing in Children, funding to support the development of volunteering with young people then rolling out opportunities for members of the community. See video link below.

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Young people as Community Builders

Investing in Children (IiC), are a Children’s Rights organisation and received funding from Comic Relief to allow young people volunteering opportunities and real time work experience as part of a community builder’s project with the Investing in Children team. The project provides young people with a 24 week placement for up to 10 hours per week gaining experiences of working with a young person’s rights based focused project.

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