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New Emotional Wellbeing Hub for children and young people

New Emotional Wellbeing Hub for children and young people

24 March 2022
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Wokingham Borough Council is launching a new emotional wellbeing hub for children and young people living in the borough, making it more straightforward for them to get the help that they need. The virtual hub acts as a central point of contact for children and young people, parents and professionals across the borough, bringing together a mix of existing, redesigned, and new services.


The emotional wellbeing hub is aimed at children and young people with mild to moderate emotional wellbeing needs up to their 19th birthday. This could include issues such as anxiety, friendship and relationship issues, low mood, or exam stress.


The hub includes a new way to access support, offering a more joined up approach to how the council and Berkshire Health Foundation Trust offers emotional wellbeing services in the community.


Children and young people, parents/carers and professionals can access the hub by contacting the referral co-ordinator phone or email (details at the end), and the hub will review the information and make a recommendation based on the support or services that may be most appropriate.


Typically, the support on offer will fall into four categories:

  1. Signposting to a service that specialises in supporting specific issues, such as bereavement.
  2. Self-help guidance, such as information and worksheets for parents and children, links to good sources for further information
  3. Help to access support from ARC Counselling or our online counselling service provided by Kooth.
  4. Referral to the Primary Mental Health Team 4 Youth (PMHT4Y), a re-designed Emotional Wellbeing Service, which has brought together services previously delivered by primary CAMHS and Schools Link. The service is delivered in partnership with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.


The new emotional wellbeing hub will also hold regular multiagency meetings, where professionals and partners have the opportunity to discuss more complex cases and agree the best support to meet need.


Those wanting to get advice or make a referral can contact 0118 974 6000 or email emotionalwellbeinghub@wokingham.gov.uk, or visit the webpage to find out more.


Councillor Graham Howe, executive member for children’s services, said: “I am really pleased that we are launching our new emotional wellbeing hub making it easier for children and young people and families to access the support they need.


“One in four of us will have problems with our mental health in our lives. We want to support children, young people and families to notice these problems early, get help and learn strategies that they can use through the rest of their lives.”

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