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Closure of 1:1 Referrals

Firstly I would like to say thank you for supporting the project and for supporting young people. Secondly, sadly I need to make you aware that the Project, operating throughout Gwent, has entered its fifth and final year of Big Lottery Funding.

As a stakeholder/referrer to the project it is important for you to know that the project will end on the 23rd November 2018 unless continuation funding can be found. Due to the volume of referrals and the number of young people on our waiting lists it has become necessary for us to close our referrals for one to one support. Therefore we will no longer be accepting referrals for 1:1 support from the 27th January 2018. We will still be able to offer young people 14-25 in Gwent the opportunity to attend the self-management courses, peer support groups and volunteering until the end of the project.

We are all aware of the increasing pressure on children and young people and the increasing numbers experiencing problems with their mental health. The successful early intervention and prevention work of the Changing Minds Project has had a significant impact on the mental wellbeing of children and young people as well as reducing demand on other services such as CAMHS and PCMHSS. The closure of the Changing Minds Project will have an impact on young people and demands for your services. 940 young people every year in Gwent will have no support with their mental health or will need to be referred to other services unless we can secure continuation funding.

We are making every effort to secure funding to continue the service and would be grateful for any support or assistance you may be able to provide to maintain such a valuable resource in your area. Please contact us with any suggestions on sustainability and further funding that you may have, our contact details are on our contacts page.

"This time last year I had no friends, no prospects for a future and honestly I was ready to just slit my wrists and stop embarrassing myself. These people saved my life, there’s no two ways about it." (Young Person)






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