What is the service?

As the Covid-19 pandemic sees rise in fear of long-term mental health impact on children and young people, we are calling on parents and carers to not face this alone.

Our team of Wellbeing Practitioners use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques and goal-setting to build up emotional wellbeing and resilience in young people and their families.

Who are we?

Hi, I’m Will and I am a Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People (in training) at YMCA Exeter. After living in Exeter for just over a year, I am so excited to be part of the  team here. I am really fascinated by psychology, people and how our minds work. I enjoy early mornings (and early nights), walks in nature, participating in the life of the church and learning the guitar.

Hi, I’m Alice and I am a Qualified Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People.

I love being by the sea (and swimming in it!), walking my dog in beautiful places and practicing yoga. I also love any plans that involve food – nachos are my favourite!

Hi, I’m Stephanie, a Qualified Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People.

I’m a dog lover with a Bichon Frise back home in Hong Kong! In my free time, I enjoy exploring the Devon countryside. When it is too cold, I will be curled up on the couch with the telly on. I am also a big foodie, with my favourite food being sushi!

Hi, I’m Beth and I’m a Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People (in training) at YMCA Exeter. I am also actively involved with my local church, and absolutely love it! When I am not at work (or church), I love exploring new places, meeting new people, spending time with friends and family and just being out and about!

Hi, I’m Vasti and I am the Customer Service and Admin Support for the Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Team. I am the first point of contact for all enquiries and referrals.

I’m originally from South Africa, but absolutely love everything about the UK. In my spare time, I love swimming, walking on the beach, horse riding as well as putting my feet up to watch a movie. Lastly but by no means least, I love spending time with the family and our gorgeous 5 grandchildren!

What difficulties can we help with?

The infographic shows the sorts of things you might be experiencing that we can support with. We will also create goals that are driven by you and our sessions will be structured to support you in reaching these goals.

What do the sessions look like?

We provide either face-to-face sessions at our offices in central Exeter or remote sessions via Zoom. Between sessions, tasks are set with your CWP to support you in achieving your goals outside of the sessions. We can either work directly with the young person or with the parent.

Please note: Due to an unprecedented high number of referrals, our service is currently closed to new referrals.

In the meantime, please do look into the following:

If you are struggling, please:Text ‘Shout’ to 85258 orCall Samaritans on 116 123 orCall Childline on 0800 1111

If you are in an emergency, please call 999.

Please keep an eye on our website, which will be updated when we re-open to new referrals.

Thank you for your understanding and we hope you have a wonderful festive period.

The CWP Team

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