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Providing a helping hand towards wellness

Youth in Mind is a partnership of mental and emotional wellbeing organisations supporting children, young people, and their families from age 8 to age 25, across Bradford District and Craven.

We are passionate about early intervention and promoting effective, accessible, strengths-based and outcomes-focussed approaches.

→ Support for children, young people and families

We offer a range of one-to-one support, groups and peer support that can be accessed in schools and other community-based settings, such as community centres and youth clubs.

The support is focused on the areas of your life that matter to you, for example, worry, bullying, identity, body image, friendships, school and exam pressure. We will help you set goals that are important to you and your family, and will work with you to achieve them.

→ Support to suit you

Our support is delivered in lots of different ways, to best meet your needs; community and school-based, on a walk, through creative activities, over the phone, or via video call.

→ Support for schools, organisations and professionals working with children, young people and families

We also offer a peer mentoring programme to schools, and training to organisations including schools, voluntary sector services, grassroots groups and any other organisations and individuals working with children and young people in central Bradford.

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Youth in Mind Services 

 

Youth in Mind services are delivered by a partnership of providers listed below. To find out if your eligible for the service please check who can access further down this webpage;

  • Barnardo’s – WRAP support groups for young people aged 8-19 in Bradford and Craven
  • Bradford Youth Service – Buddies & Hospital Buddies for young people aged 11 to 19 (or up to 25 with additional needs) in Bradford and Craven
  • Brathay Trust – Peer Mentoring in Schools and 1:1 support with trained counsellors for young people in Year 6 upwards in Bradford and Craven
  • Inspired Neighbourhoods – Nurture groups for young people aged 9 to 13 in Bradford and Craven
  • Mind in BradfordKnow Your Mind  groups, 1:1 support for young people aged 8 to 19 (or up to 25 with additional needs) in Bradford and Craven
  • North Yorkshire Youth – Craven Buddies & Peer Support Groups for young people aged 11 to 19 living or attending school in Craven
  • Rooted for Girls – Nurture / nature-based group for young girls aged 13 to 16 
  • Be You, Be Me, Be Well – 1:1 support service for young people aged 5 to 13 in Bradford and Craven.

 

Are the services free to use?

The majority of Youth in Mind is funded by Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). All of our services are free to access, and are available across Bradford District and Craven, unless stated otherwise.

 

Explore Youth in Mind’s Services

Know Your Mind (Mind in Bradford)

Supporting young people in Bradford central via 1:1 sessions for up to 8 weeks, using a goals-based approach to enable a young person to tailor their support to suit their needs. Know Your Mind can also deliver a one off or a series of group sessions to any social or activity groups/clubs, classes or assemblies of young people, and provide mental health awareness training for staff in different community settings in the Bradford central area. 

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What is Know Your Mind?

Watch this short video where our Children and Young People’s Community Wellbeing Worker Beth Webber talks about Know Your Mind. 

 

Know Your Mind supports children and young people in the Bradford central area who are experiencing challenges around mental health and emotional wellbeing. We are here to help you feel equipped and empowered to enjoy life. Our team of Community Wellbeing Workers use a goals-based approach to help you. They will tailor support to your specific needs and equip you with tools to continue to have good wellbeing once you leave our service. Through one-to-one sessions you can explore your goals and discover new ways to look after your mental and emotional health. Support is arranged to suit you and can be delivered in school, community venues, on a walk, via phone or via video call.

Know Your Mind can also work with schools and community venues to deliver group support for young people, and can provide support to existing groups such as after-school and lunchtime clubs by giving information advice and guidance about improving mental and emotional wellbeing and reducing stigma. We can deliver talks to social or activity groups/clubs, classes or assemblies.

Additionally, we can also provide mental health awareness training for staff in different community settings in the Bradford central area. Please contact us for more details.

Who is it for?

Two of our services, Inspired Young & Healthy People and Know Your Mind, are part of Youth in Mind in City. Youth in Mind in City is funded through the CCG’s “Reducing inequalities in City” work stream, which means its service are available to children, young people and families who live or are registered at a GP or attend school in one of the following postcodes: BD1, BD2, BD3, BD5, BD7, BD8 or BD9

What do people say about Know Your Mind?

Young person: “You listened to me. It has boosted my self-esteem- managed to get me talking to new friends.”

Parent: “Thanks so much for all your support. He’s started talking to me again and he tells me everything. He stopped doing that for a while and that’s why I contacted you.”

Parent: “It had made a big difference. He was so happy. The teachers have noticed a big difference – that his confidence had improved- he stood up to do a PowerPoint presentation and that they couldn’t believe it.”

How to access Know Your Mind?

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Buddies (Bradford Youth Service)

Providing virtual, community, and school-based support to young people experiencing difficulties with their emotional and mental wellbeing through a mix of 1:1 support for up to 12 weeks and peer support groups.

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Hospital Buddies (Bradford Youth Service)

Providing de-escalation and social prescribing to young people in distress/crisis in inpatient settings at Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale General Hospital. 

What is Hospital Buddies?

Hospital Buddies support young people in hospital in Bradford and Airedale. They offer de-escalation and social prescribing and can connect young people to their local communities on discharge.

Who is it for?

For young people aged 11 to 19 (or up to 25 if they have special educational needs or disabilities) who are acutely unwell or in distress and admitted as inpatients to Airedale General Hospital or Bradford Royal Infirmary.

How to access Hospital Buddies?

Referrals are made to the Hospital Buddy on the ward by the ward staff.

Craven Buddies (North Yorkshire Youth)

Providing virtual, community, and school-based support to young people (11-19 living in or attending School in Craven) experiencing difficulties with their emotional and mental wellbeing through a mix of 1:1 support for up to 12 weeks and peer support groups.

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Peer Mentoring for schools (Brathay Trust)

Providing advice, guidance, resources and training to school staff and pupils, enabling them to design, implement and manage a 1:1 peer mentoring service within their schools.

What is Peer Mentoring?

Brathay Trust can provide advice, guidance, resources and training for school staff and pupils to enable them to design, implement and manage a one to one peer mentoring service within their schools.

Who is it for?

The Peer Mentoring Programme is delivered to schools in Bradford and Craven and is designed to be implemented for Year 6 upwards.

How to access Peer Mentoring?

Email [email protected] to request information about the Peer Mentoring in Schools Programme.

What do people say about Peer Mentoring?

From school professional attending training session: “It reaffirmed what I believed peer mentoring to be and how valuable the scheme is to young people in school. The presentation material was focused and relevant. Delivery was great, with a personal approach which enabled the session to be interactive. Loving the idea of the resource pack which cuts the workload at school end which, at the moment, is very much appreciated. It also gives uniformity across the LA having a similar approach to peer mentoring.”

Rooted (Rooted for Girls)

Nurturing, nature-based and psycho-educational 12-week group intervention in woodland location that supports teenage girls within the Bradford district.

What is Rooted?

Rooted is a nurturing, nature-based and psycho-educational group programme that supports teenage girls within the Bradford district.

Groups are held in a woodland setting, and each session focuses on a particular area of learning either around heath, relationships or positive self-image. Within each session young people will undertake key tasks that support mental health: physical play, repetitive craft, being in nature, rest & reflection opportunities and relational learning and sharing. The group is 12 sessions, each for 5 hours. The service aims to increase the girls’ experience of emotional states, understanding of self and others, feelings of self-worth and confidence and ability to cope with difficulties and challenges.

Who is it for?

This programme is for girls aged 13-16 attending school in Bradford district.

How to access Rooted?

Schools can contact [email protected] to enquire about groups

What do people say about Rooted?

Young person: “I can calm myself down more. I use the five senses to help. I do things to make me happy. I’ve been doing more stuff that I know I want to do. I find it really hard to make decisions but coming here has helped me with that. I’m calmer and I’ve got a clearer head. I think my confidence is better because when we do the games I wouldn’t normally say anything but now I will.”

Young person: “I‘ve been thinking about what I want to do when I’m older. It’s helping me think about it. Because I have more confidence. I think I can have a good future”

Parent: “It’s done her the world of good, I’ve noticed a real difference in her even in the last couple weeks, she’s done nothing but talk about it when she comes back. She’s really enjoyed it.”

Parent: “This has really helped her gain confidence in herself and others and has formed great friendships with the girls. Thank you for everything.”

School professional: “Well what can I say? The group have come away with confidence, outgoingness, and making friendships with each other. Amazing!”

School professional: “She used to be so, so quiet. Now when I see her at school she always says hello. She’s really different now.”

WRAP (Barnardo's)

A child-centred, self-care-focussed 10-week Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) programme for young people experiencing difficulties with their emotional and mental wellbeing.

What is WRAP?

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) is a group work programme that supports young people with emotional wellbeing needs, such as low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety, school refusal, stress any other emotional wellbeing difficulties. WRAP groups offer a safe and fun space where you will make friends, play games, do art work and enjoy good mood foods. Through WRAP you will learn about how you can keep yourself well and cope with difficult times and challenging feelings. You will create your own plan to help you feel better, control your own life, understand your feelings and achieve your goals.

Who is it for?

WRAP is for young people age 8-19 in Bradford and Craven

How to access WRAP?

Primary schools can request a face-to-face WRAP programme for a small group of pupils in their school using the form below.

Download School Request Form

Any professional can refer a young person for a blended model of 5-6 weeks 1-1 WRAP sessions over the phone or video call, followed by 4-5 weeks’ group work using the form below.

Download Referral Form

If you’re interested in attending a WRAP group please contact Barnardo’s on [email protected] or Katie Hayton on 01274 513300.

What do people say about WRAP?

Young person: “WRAP helped me to be more happy and confident.”

Parent: “It helped my son come out of isolation, build up his confidence and positivity. My son was more in control of his emotions…his referral to WRAP was a good thing and reinforced the Buddy’s work.”

Parent: “WRAP has really helped my daughter and she is now really engaging with us, I feel like I have my daughter back.”

Inspired Young & Healthy People (Inspired Neighbourhoods)

Solution focused support to build resilience and reduce isolation via delivery of an 8 week Nurture Group Programme within schools, and additional 1-1 support to those young people with an identified need following completion of a Nurture Group.

What is Inspired Young & Healthy People?

Inspired Neighbourhoods offer solution focused support around social, emotional and mental health via delivery of the Nurture Group Programme within schools. Nurture groups teach strategies to build resilience, teach through games and interactive activities aim to reduce social isolation, help young people feel less helpless and enjoy a greater sense of feeling heard. The programme is 8 sessions and for a maximum of 10 young people per group. They also provide 8 sessions of 1-1 work to those young people with an identified need following completion of a Nurture Group.

Who is it for?

Two of our services, Inspired Young & Healthy People and Know Your Mind, are part of Youth in Mind in City. Youth in Mind in City is funded through the CCG’s “Reducing inequalities in City” work stream, which means its service are available to children, young people and families who live or are registered at a GP or attend school in one of the following postcodes: BD1, BD2, BD3, BD5, BD7, BD8 or BD9

How to access Inspired Young & Healthy People?

To enquire about Nurture Groups contact George at [email protected]

What do people say about Inspired Young & Healthy People?

Young person: “These sessions help me with my worries.” Young person: “I look forward to coming to the sessions every week, they help me relax and cope better in class.”

School professional: “The sessions help the children learn strategies for when they are feeling anxious, and angry and this gives the children great skills for life. The sessions also show the children that it’s good to talk about their mental health.”

School professional: “The sessions have really helped some of our children and the teachers have noticed this by the children linking what they have learned in the sessions to what they are doing in class. Some children have also been seen using calming strategies in the classroom.”

Be You, Be Me, Be Well (All Star Entertainment)

A new 1-1 support service for children/young people aged 5-13 living across Bradford District & Craven offering a blend of face to face, telephone and digital interventions to support those children/young people with low to medium mental health needs.

To refer a child or young person for this service please contact us below:

EMAIL [email protected]

CALL 0770635557

Unsure which service is right for you or have questions about how to refer?

Contact us on our email below, we’d be happy to point you in the right direction to get the support you need. 

[email protected]

 

Self-help for Children and Young People

If you’re between 8-19 years old and struggling with your mental health our Know Your Mind team recommend talking to a trusted adult (teacher, parent, family member) about how you are feeling. 

Some great resources are also listed below:

Kooth

Young Minds

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