Make more use of voluntary sector agencies for young people

Make more use of voluntary sector agencies for young people

How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? Voluntary sector agencies are locally based and accessible. They have relationships based on trust with young people and relationships are key to improving wellbeing. So is an understanding of local issues and a good reputation. Voluntary sector agencies who work around sexual, emotional or mental wellbeing often bring in additional funding and have tried, tested and evidence based approaches. Some also provide trauma-informed and attachment-promoting services. The recent approach to provision of mental health services has been disappointing in that it hasn't worked in partnership with vol sector agencies, has focused on provision of counselling (which isn't always appropriate for those who have experienced trauma) and has not tapped into the enormous potential of the vol sector and the services already available - but underfunded. Young people say they want people they know to help them with their wellbeing. Charities also offer a range of services. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Because it would make better use of resources. it would take learning from very experienced local charities who also bring in additional funding and offer holistic range of services. They work with young people in a range of settings and take a more young person centered approach. They are not cold and clinical but they are relational and can offer a more holistic range of services to support wellbeing. More funding should be directed towards them.


Trauma-informed therapeutic group work and 1-1 work. Community based mindfulness, yoga and creative therapies available for young people aged 12-25.

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