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The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEECCG) has awarded more than £230,000 to projects to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

The NEE CCG has allocated the funding to six organisations - Colchester Mind, The Maze Group, The Ark Centre, Beat, Reprezent and Community 360’s ‘Wild Wellbeing’ project - following consultation with the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service for Essex (EWMHS) and Commissioning Collaborative Forum (CCF).

Colchester Mind is working specifically on a project for young people aged 16-19 who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and have been excluded from school and are not in any alternative education, employment or training. The project will focus on aspects of health and care such as early intervention, signposting to support and peer mentoring. It has received £99,540 from the CCG and will begin in April this year.

The Maze Group have been given a grant for £6,990 for their specialist 12-week parenting programme for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs, with or without a diagnosis. The programme is a blend of specialist information about the cognitive neuroscience of many additional needs (e.g. autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), learning disabilities (LD), Global Development Delay (GDD) and speech and language delay) along with a psychodynamic approach to working therapeutically with families. This will enable them to securely run all groups, daytime and evening, in Colchester for the next year.

The Ark Family Resource Centre is a charity, based in Harwich, providing a range of support services and pre-school play and learning for the children and families of Harwich and district. It will use the £1,800 of funding to provide a therapeutic service (counselling and play therapy) to greater numbers of children and young people aged from five to 18.

Beat have received £3,910 to fund their eating disorder information training for school-based professionals. The sessions, called ‘Spotting the Signs’, will be offered at the following schools in the spring/summer term: Harwich and Dovercourt High School, Thurstable School, Tiptree, The Colne Community School and College, Brightlingsea, Manningtree High School, Thomas Lord Audley School, Colchester, St Helena School, Colchester, Clacton County High School, Clacton Coastal Academy, and Colchester Academy.

Beat will be working in partnership with the local Early Intervention Service (EIS), provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

In addition, £30,000 has been awarded to the Essex contingent of Reprezent – a youth radio station presented by those who are under the age of 25. Focusing on the views and opinions of young people, the station will undertake a targeted wellbeing campaign at Colchester Institute to support students in the spring/summer term, building on its programme of work in schools.

Community 360 has been given £90,060 to continue its ‘Wild Wellbeing’ work with the Essex Wildlife Trust to connect children and young people with outdoor activities to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Community 360 plan to link with schools - in both Tendring and Colchester - who feel that their pupils could benefit from this initiative. The aim is also to include all generations of families in the play-based activities, using the Forest School concept delivered by Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT), with a focus on improving family wellbeing and confidence using natural outdoor spaces. The project has been developed by the Children and Young People Partnership (education, health, social care, public health, youth and justice and Virgin Care).

Pam Green, NEE CCG Director of Transformation and Strategy, said: “I’m delighted to announce that we are awarding substantial funding to these fantastic projects.

“The mental health and wellbeing of children and young people is a key issue and we are working with our partners in the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance, as part of the development of the NHS Long Term Plan, to ensure that all children have the opportunity for the best start in life with access to the right support.

“We are looking to continue our programme of work to fund health initiatives led by voluntary services.”

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NOTE TO EDITORS

 

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEE CCG):

 

The NEE CCG was formally established on 1 April 2013. The CCG is a clinically led organisation which comprises 40 GP practices across Colchester and Tendring.

 

It is responsible for commissioning most health services for the people of North East Essex, including hospital care, community health services, mental health services, learning disability services and urgent and emergency care, excluding primary care.

 

Media enquiries: For more information please contact the CCG Communications team on (01206) 918653 or email NEECCG.comms@nhs.net.