The Changing Minds project is a 5 year Lottery Funded project operating in Newport, Torfaen and Monmouthshire, helping young people who are struggling with their mental health. We can offer:
1:1 Transition Support
The Changing Minds Project is offering 1:1 transition support to those young people who have experience of mental health difficulties and are undergoing a period of transition. We recognise that any transition in a young person’s life can be stressful and can heighten an already existing mental health condition or predisposition. Transitions can include, but not be limited to, changes in education, new family members and transition from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services.
We can offer young people aged 14-25 the opportunity to access 12 weeks of focussed 1:1 support with a project worker. The work will focus around helping the individual develop resilience, coping strategies and maintaining positive mental health during their transition.
We can support four young people with 1:1 transition support at any one time with waiting times kept to a minimum. If waiting times dictate, referrals will be prioritised on a needs basis.
*Please note this is not a counselling service*
Self Management Courses
Working in a group environment can help young people develop their social networks and build stronger relationships. We are offering young people aged 14-25 the opportunity to attend our self management courses to help them build protective factors and give them the skills to manage their mental health. We are currently offering Anxiety Management, Manage Your Mind, Managing Anger and Lifting Low Mood. For details of courses, please click on the link below.
Young people consistently tell us that they find it easier to talk to young people their own age and the benefits of peer support are well known in many sectors. Peer Support Volunteers aged 16-25 will be able to offer other young people support using their own lived experience of mental health and their considerable training. All Peer Support Volunteers are DBS checked and supervised regularly.
The Changing Minds Project truly works within the spirit of participation and hopes that through volunteering young people can expand their skills, relationships and horizons! We have vacancies for young people who have an understanding or experience of mental health to join us as Peer Support Volunteers and/or as part of our Young Persons Expert Panel.
How to Refer
Referrals for any strand of the project can be made using a single referral form. These can be sent electronically or completed on line through the website.
If you wish to discuss the young person you are referring or would like more information on the project, please do not hesitate to call the project manager Seran Davies on 01633 258 741 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org