The Sussex Learning Network has launched a two-pronged initiative to help families across the region cope with anxiety. Developed in partnership with 3VA and community mental health charity, Holding Space, the project offers parental skills training as well as counselling for young people.
A free six-week programme led by an experienced trainer/therapist aims to teach parents of seven- to 13-year olds skills and strategies to manage their and their children’s anxiety.
Debra Vice-Holt, SLN:Uni Connect Programme Manager (Mentoring & Innovation Fund) explained:
“Our research during the first national lockdown with schools and colleges demonstrated the increased level of anxiety among young people. Working with local community organisations able to deliver support and resources to families directly means we can respond to immediate need in local communities and provide additional resources during the pandemic.”
Families can self-refer, or referrals to the programme can be made through schools, colleges or other organisations.
Alongside this parental training programme, SLN has commissioned Holding Space to deliver a low-cost, confidential counselling service for young people aged seven to 16 across Sussex, as well as one-to-one phone support with a trained counsellor.