Projects

United Voice

 

Commissioned by the CCG, United Voice is an Advisory Board made up of children and young people and their families as experts by experience working on behalf of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Partnership. United Voice is co-delivered by Investing in Children and Rollercoaster Family Support. Launched in October 2019 and set up in February 2020 the project has enabled young people and families to inform services and make positive changes to mental health provision within County Durham.

Young Adult Support Café (YASC)

Established in 2016 YASC offers informal emotional wellbeing peer support for young people aged between 16-21. YASC was created by young people for young people following a series of Agenda Days™ facilitated by young people on behalf of Investing in Children who identified a gap in service provision. There are now three projects running across the County working in partnership with Waddington Street Centre in Durham, Pioneering Care Partnership in PCP and Groundwork North East hosted by East Durham College in Peterlee.

Stamp It Out Partnership Hub

Stamp It Out (now the SIO Partnership Hub) was established in 2016 as a partnership approach to challenging mental health stigma and discrimination in County Durham. Coordinated by Investing in Children the SIO Partnership Hub promotes and protects the health of the public, particularly those living with mental health conditions, in County Durham and the surrounding areas. This is done by educating the public in all areas relating to mental health conditions, in order to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people who experience mental health problems. This raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of poor mental health.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Network

In 2019 Investing in Children took over the coordination of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Network which had previously been facilitated by Rollercoaster Family Support. The Network is open to anyone interested in children and young peoples mental health & emotional wellbeing, a space to share practice and ideas , updates from guest speakers, a place to support each other, with up to four meetings per year.

Piece of Mind Peer Mentoring offer

The Piece of Mind Team (Mental Health Support Team) in County Durham works to support education settings offering low level early intervention and preventative support for young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Investing in Children supported the successful Trailblazer application which resulted in three locality teams being introduced across County Durham in 2020. IiC employs Peer Support Workers working across the three teams to deliver ASDAN accredited Peer Mentoring programmes to children and young people and a CPD Certified Train The Trainer programme to education colleagues.

COMF Anxious about School Peer Mentoring offer

Investing in Children were part of a successful COMF (COVID Outbreak Management Fund) funding application in 2021 which was submitted on behalf of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health partnership. The pilot project was developed to support children and families who were anxious about school as well as children with autism who are anxious about school. Within this partnership Project IiC employs two Peer Support Workers working across the two different strands of work to deliver ASDAN accredited Peer Mentoring programmes to children and young people and a CPD Certified Train The Trainer programme to education colleagues.

Emotional Wellbeing Locality Forums

Following the roll out of the Anna Freud School Link Programme in County Durham in 2017 Investing in Children were commissioned by Public Health to develop and deliver termly meetings that enable education settings and wider services the opportunity to develop:

  • Shared understandings across our workforce of mental health and how it affects our young people
  • Raise awareness of good practice in key areas
  • Increased knowledge of what support is available locally, and how to access it
  • Develop closer working relationships across education settings and services
    that support improved practices
  • Identify patterns of need that can inform commissioning

In addition to Investing in Children hosting termly meetings Investing in Children also develops and distributes termly newsletters on behalf of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Partnership informing Locality Forum members on key services developments in relation to children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.