Monday 21st October 2019
Currently our counselling service is incredibly busy - which is a bittersweet moment really; great that so many people are reaching out for support, but sad that so many young people need that support with their mental health! However, this increased busy-ness has left little time for us to host our workshops and clubs. We do realise the benefit and enjoyment young people had taking part in these workshops and clubs though, which is why we are developing a whole bunch of new, fun and therapeutic workshops and clubs for the summer holidays each and every year! We'll start advertising them around May half-term so keep your eyes peeled on our website and on our Facebook page for more information as we're sure they'll be booked up quick!
Have a great half-term :)
Wednesday 31st July 2019
We are one!
Since opening our doors in July 2018, we have helped over 80 people through our counselling, intervention, clubs, workshops and training and that is continuing to grow month on month.
This is amazing! And we couldn’t have wished for a better start to our service.
We have learnt so much this year! Having never been self-employed before there was a lot we’ve had to get our heads around and through trial and error we have slowly worked out what works and what doesn’t with regards to the different services we offer. We are keen to help our young people as much as possible but sometimes things we think will be great simply don’t follow through for lots of different reasons. However, when it works, it really works!
This is what we’ve done this year:
Lots of 1:1 Counselling and intervention sessions
5 Art Workshops for 8 – 13 yr olds: 2 x journaling, 1 worry boxes, 1 affirmations and 1 mandalas
4 Workshops for 5 – 7 yr olds: 2 x sensory and 2 x mini mindfulness
6 Mindful Monday Clubs: 4 for KS2, 1 for KS3 and 1 for KS4
2 Lego Therapy Clubs
1 half day training session in how to work creatively with young people
On top of all that, we’ve also had our open day, been to countless meetings, worked with and built relationships with lots of local schools, run mini-mindfulness taster sessions for primary classes and helped to signpost people to other services where appropriate.
So where are we going…… well as we said above, we’ve learnt a lot from being in business this last year and our direction will change a little over the next few months. We’ve found that we have been very broad in our services in our bid to be as helpful as we can but that this doesn’t always work. Our main service and one we mean to continue is our counselling. This is the backbone of who we are and what we do and we’ve heard from our clients and parents/carers/other agencies just how valuable this can be. Alongside this we have developed our new Mentoring Programme which will be offered to secondary aged young people from September 2019. This service will be aimed at those who are perhaps struggling to attend school, school refusers, at risk of exclusion or those who might be on a part-time timetable for health reasons etc. This service will mostly be arranged through schools or other agencies working with young people. Specific 1:1 intervention will also continue, helping those who are struggling with their mental health and well-being by teaching mindfulness, coping strategies and emotional regulation.
Our workshops will continue but maybe not quite as regularly as before. They were initially created to give people the chance to attend a ‘bite size’ therapeutic service at an affordable cost. They highlighted our service and are very accessible but they can be quite resource heavy and do not really reflect the time and effort that goes in to them. However, we still believe they are an important part of our service.
Clubs is a difficult one as these can be really helpful and we think the option to attend something for a longer period of time, on the whole, works well. For the time being we have moved both the Lego Therapy Club and the Mindful Monday Club to an ‘on demand’ service. This will enable us to give it some further thought and see what people think. Alongside these, we do have some new ideas forming for other clubs so we will from time to time trial these as workshops initially with a view to moving them to clubs if they work. We’re always thinking about how else we can help our young people and bringing fresh new alternatives to positive mental health and wellbeing is always good!
For school/other agency paid services we will continue to work alongside them as these services work very well and we’re keen to continue the relationships we have built so far and forge new ones as we go.
So, that’s it really. Thank you so much for everyone’s support, help, guidance, attendance, kindness and general, all round, loveliness over the past year. We hope our service has been of benefit and continues to grow and help the community around us for a lot more years to come.
Thanks for reading a very long post!
Mollie & Kerry
Youth Intervention Centre
Monday 29th July 2019
Did you know that we are running a Journaling challenge? Every Thursday for a whole year we're going to be revealing a one word prompt on our Facebook and Instagram page to help inspire you to create a page in your journal. The whole point is to have fun, have some 'you' time and to be able to connect with the creative process while reflecting on yourself.
Head over to our Instagram page or Facebook page for information!
Tuesday 9th July 2019
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