Youth Wellbeing Coaching CIC

youth wellbeingWe wanted to share with you some information about youth peer support groups which will be available across the Scottish Borders this year.
Youth Wellbeing Coaching CIC is a dynamic new resource for young people (16-25) in the Scottish Borders; providing them with a safe space to recognise their self-worth and encourage their personal development. We offer pro-active solution focused coaching to support and empower young people in decision making and taking actions to help them move forward.
We recently received funding from the Corra Foundation and Comic Relief's #shiftthepower fund to facilitate pilot peer support groups across the Borders area; starting with weekly groups in Peebles, Galashiels and Hawick. These groups will run for 6 weeks, 1.5 hours per session and young people can either self-refer or be referred (with their consent) to the program. We are looking to have around 8 young people in each group; and we are currently thinking about focusing on the 18-25 age group as we are aware there is a significant gap in services for people once they turn 18; we are hoping to reach some of the young people who are in transition between the CAMHS service and the adult mental health team, or individuals who did not quite meet the criteria of these services. Block two will cover Selkirk, Jedburgh and Earlston and block three will cover Kelso, Duns and Lauder. (these choices are flexible).
We are keen to involve input from local services which cover these areas, to encourage a collaborative wellbeing approach. We are also planning to involve volunteers with lived experience of mental health recovery from each area; to help develop a culture of acceptance and support and also to help reduce stigma and promote a culture of self help in each town. We are going to base each 6 week program on the Scottish Recovery Network's CHIME framework; which is what is considered to be the necessary ingredients to facilitate recovery: Connection, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment. We are looking to source input from services which cover the towns we will be visiting to help demonstrate how young people can access these ingredients from within themselves, from their peers and from services and opportunities available to them.
For more information on CHIME:

Essentially; we are hoping for support from established mental health, wellbeing and recovery related networks within each town to enable us to deliver the best possible support. If you have suggestions for collaboration opportunities, suitable venues, or know anyone who might be interested in getting involved as a volunteer, then please do get in touch:

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