Emotional Health and Wellbeing support for Children and Young People in North Kensington
Through the Grenfell Recovery programme, the Council funds a range of providers to deliver targeted emotional health and wellbeing services in 17 schools and a range of community- and school-based settings in North Kensington. These are mostly local, grassroots providers who offer counselling, art and other therapeutic support, group activities, after-school and holiday places, practical support, and wider work to support the wellbeing of children in primary and secondary schools.
At the beginning of 2021, we conducted a wide-ranging consultation and engagement exercise with families, schools, providers, residents and other partners to understand people’s views about existing services and ask for their ideas to shape future provision. We heard from 150 people, including children and young people who shared their views in various ways. You can read the consultation findings via our consultation portal.
We used this feedback to shape the new provision, which was agreed by the Leadership Team in May 2021. The new arrangements set out continued funding for existing providers who deliver high quality support in schools and community-based settings and new funding. Across the piece, the aim of these services is to increase their reach and improve evidence of the impact they are having on local children and young people (including improved confidence and self-esteem, improved relationships and increased optimism about the future).
- Services based in schools
Catholic Children’s Society
Specialist early intervention counselling/therapy during which they also work with parents and carers to provide effective and insightful support to children. To learn more please email email@example.com or call 0208 969 5305
Emotional and practical support for boys and young men. They focus on work with boys and men who face structural discrimination and disadvantage, including of race, income, and community. To learn more please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 237 5353
Latimer Community Art Therapy
Place 2 Be
One to one and group counselling for pupils, parents and school staff, focusing on the promotion of positive wellbeing, and enabling children to focus on learning. They have a range of bespoke programmes delivered in schools. To learn more about what is being delivered in your child’s school, please visit their website or call 0207 923 5500.
- Community-based services
Community-based provision is in place and includes:
Kids on the Green
Work with children and young people aged 11-21yrs, delivering a unique fusion of Arts Education and wellbeing support including workshops and classes in performance and creative Arts, alongside complementary therapy and mental health providers. KotG use the Arts to develop confidence, creativity, self-esteem, and artistic excellence. You can learn more by emailing email@example.com.
Latimer Community Art Therapy (at the Henry Dickens Centre)
A safe space for children and young people after school and in the holidays, with educational, creative, and physical activities underpinned with the art psychotherapy services. Additional emotional health and wellbeing activities have also been developed. You can learn more by visiting their website.
- New fund for community-based services
In addition to working with existing providers, we are also introducing a new community-based fund. The focus of this new grant funding is to celebrate young people's voices and support resilience in the context of Grenfell Recovery.
The fund will support provision which aims to promote the following outcomes:
- Improved emotional health and wellbeing
- Improved self-esteem and confidence about their future
- Young people feeling heard, valued and included
- Participation and inclusion in other areas of life, including employment, training and education
- Improved relationships with family, friends and community
Funding will be awarded via a competitive grant process, and we will involve children and young people in the grant award process, ensuring their views, voices and priorities are championed through this provision.
Further details regarding timescales and the wider emotional health and wellbeing offer for children and young people can be sought by emailing Marjana.Tharin@rbkc.gov.uk