“Sharp Minds is a lifesaver. Without you there’s nothing.” (parent)
We have seen an increase across all our work in the numbers of young people with complex emotional problems, including high levels of anxiety, low self-esteem, self-harm and social isolation.
Our professional youth workers build trusting relationships and create a non-judgemental atmosphere so young people feel safe and comfortable being themselves, sharing their interests and revealing their concerns. Young people develop new friendship groups, grow in confidence, develop coping strategies and resilience, have improved emotional well-being, re-engage in school and are able to focus on their futures.
Named ‘Sharp Minds’ by young people, our programme grew from a series of commissions from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and follows the NHS ‘Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing’. Our programme combines group activities with one-to-one mentoring for isolated young people to build their confidence, skills, resilience and emotional well-being.
We run Sharp Minds activities in Warwick (Mondays), Rugby (Tuesdays), Stratford, in Partnership with TS4YP from Warwickshire County Council (Wednesdays), Lillington (Thursdays). We accept referrals [link to referral form – to be provided] from CAMHS, Early Help teams, social workers and schools.