WELLBEING TOGETHER: NEW PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHED
Today we are delighted to announce ‘Wellbeing Together South West’: a new community partnership which has been formed to strengthen mental health and wellbeing services for children, young people, and their families, with funding from the Scottish Government.
Space will work with the City of Edinburgh Council alongside three lead partners in South-West Edinburgh and collaborate with other organisations across the city to provide essential services that improve the mental health and wellbeing of local 5-24 year olds, and young people up to the age of 26 who are care experienced.
The funding from the Scottish Government aims to provide support at the earliest opportunity to prevent mental health challenges developing for children and young people and reduce the need for intensive mental health services.
Wellbeing Together South West is made of four well-established organisations:
- SAMH (The Scottish Association for Mental Health): Scotland’s national mental health charity working in 60 communities across Scotland to provide mental health support and services.
- Space: a community anchor organisation in Broomhouse with local needs at its heart, providing a wide range of activities in their hub throughout the week.
- Big Hearts Community Trust: the official charity of Heart of Midlothian FC in Gorgie, using the social power of football to help adults and children live a safe and fulfilling life
- With Kids: a children’s mental health charity specialising in intensive therapeutic interventions, primarily play therapy, with children aged 5-12 and their families who have experienced significant trauma.
This exciting partnership is based on a community mental health approach where organisations across the community are able to provide timely support for children, young people, and their families in need of help and guidance.
With a long tradition of strong support from the City of Edinburgh Council and the third sector, the communities in South West Edinburgh highly value local, in-person support.
Wellbeing Together South West will see Space, lead partners, third sector organisations, schools, and social work teams work together to develop ‘seamless pathways of support’ and evaluate the range of services that will best meet the local needs.
These new services will focus on mental health, wellbeing, and distress, with a wide range of activities and targeted supports eg. arts, sport, outdoor activities, therapeutic interventions.
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“At Space, we see first-hand the difference that access to community-based mental health supports can make. We are excited to be part of this collaboration with trusted partners who share our vision to strengthen opportunities for our children and young people within South West Edinburgh. While operating as the lead organisation in the partnership, it is the sum of the services provided that will significantly impact those in need of support.
In acknowledging the Scottish Government funding, we appreciate the support from the City of Edinburgh Council and their recognition of the vital role the third sector partnerships play in the delivery of specialist mental health services with local in-person support.”
Neil Hay – Chief Executive, Space