Ynot to help through cost of living mental health crisis


Ynot Aspire has been delivering mental health and wellbeing prevention and early intervention projects for young people in Hyndburn for five years

An Accrington charity has been awarded £60,000 ($73,386.90) to help meet the growing demand for mental health support to children and young people in Hyndburn.

The funding for Ynot Aspire Ltd is being provided by the new UK Youth Fund – Thriving Minds programme. Ynot Aspire has been delivering mental health and wellbeing prevention and early intervention projects for young people in Hyndburn for five years.

They have seen a huge increase in referrals since the onset of the pandemic and have had to take on two more youth workers to help them support young people at the earliest possible opportunity.

Thanks to the UK Youth Fund funding these posts, originally funded through the Community Champions Covid Relief Funding, are now secured for the next three years, meaning that they can offer continuity of support.

In a statement, the charity said: In July 2020, the prevalence of mental health problems in 5-22 year olds went up to one in six, up from one in nine in 2017. This comes at a time when support for young people is suffering.

Children are waiting up to three years for access to mental health care in some parts of the UK. In the last decade more than 4,500 youth work jobs and 760 youth centres have closed, as over £1bn ($1.22bn) funding has been cut from the sector, it said.

Earlier this year youth work charity UK Youth, working in partnership with the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, launched Thriving Minds, an ambitious fund for projects to improve mental health support and provision for young people through youth work.

Organisations will be supported for three years, both with funds and a tailored package of extra support including workshops, training and by building communities of best practice. The initial £10m ($12.23m) pot from Julia and Hans Rausing has been boosted by an additional £1m ($1.22m) from the Westminster Foundation.

Chief officer Sharon Burch said Ynot Aspire are ‘delighted’ to have secured support from the UK Youth Fund – Thriving Minds.

As an organisation supporting young people, we have seen first-hand the impact of the pandemic and other issues on the mental health of children and young people, she said.

She said: More and more young people are reaching crisis point and turning to us for support. This funding will allow us to continue to support young people at the earliest possible opportunity to prevent issues from escalating.

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