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For the young people

A proactive mental health intervention to support vulnerable children and young people, funded by Derbyshire County Council Public Health, is expected to be confirmed at a meeting of the borough council’s Executive next week (12 July).

Councillors are likely to approve the receipt of grant funding of just over £25,000 from Derbyshire County Council Public Health’s Erewash Children and Young People’s Mental Health Group.

The funding will provide a one-to-one Youth Mentoring Project led by Erewash Borough Council’s Sport and Health Development Team, driven by a trained youth mentor who will work with and support young people suffering with mental Health issues. The county’s Early Help Team will play a key role in identifying the most in need and vulnerable young people in the borough, and the positive and much needed intervention will be in place for 12 months.

The project will focus on helping the young people achieve and maintain strong mental health and will include a range of activities and signposting those taking part to other support services and community wellness help.

Councillor Paul Maginnis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing says:

“The pandemic and covid lockdowns had a negative impact on many of us, but some of the most adverse effects were felt by children and young people. As restrictions eased, we worked with our partners to offer as much support as possible. This funding for a Youth Mentoring Project will build on that and help us reach the young people most in need of support.”

The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 12 July at 10.30am.

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