MENTAL HEALTH TOPS THE AGENDA THANKS TO FUNDING FOR THURNSCOE RESIDENTS Station House Community Association, the OFSTED registered childcare provider in Thurnscoe, has received more than £6,000 in funding thanks to the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust. The funds, which total £6,954, will be used by Station House to deliver a series of structured workshops and activities aimed at improving the mental health of the children and young people from the local area. Working with children that attend holiday clubs and after school clubs, Station House is able to identify and address the mental health problems of young people and provide tailored support and signposting services for them and their parents to ensure that they are given the time and care they need. Charlotte Williams, Chief Executive for Station House Community Association, comments: “Mental health problems are becoming more common in young children and addressing these issues, whilst they’re in their infancy, can be incredibly beneficial, having a positive impact on their future.” “The funding received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust means that our qualified staff are able to run workshops which have been specifically designed to help spot mental health issues. Working together with the children and their parents we are able to address these issues, giving them the support they require that allows them to reach their full potential.” Stephen Abson, Development Manager (England), comments: “With mental health services, like so many community-based resources, under increasing pressure, giving Station House the funds to continue also gives residents the assurance that they need to know the support is there that they rely on.” “By working with charities such as Station House through the Coalfields Community Investment Programme we are able to make sure all residents, no matter what age, have access to professional advice that will benefit their health.” As the organisation has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will have access to bespoke practical support including access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.