Local children to benefit from Scottish Govt funding

Thursday March 24th 2022


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Children and young people in Midlothian are to benefit from a further £208,000 of Scottish Government money to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Midlothian Council will use the funding to help children, young people, their families and carers, get the right help when they need it from organisations with the skills, knowledge and experience to support them.

The Midlothian Children & Young People’s Mental Health Strategic Planning Group – a multi-agency group with members from the council, the NHS and the local voluntary sector – is overseeing the funding and its distribution to:

– Newbattle Abbey College
– Artlink Edinburgh & Lothian’s.
– Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service
– Midlothian Children & Young People’s Wellbeing Consortium
– Play Midlothian
– A partnership of Midlothian Sure Start, Home Link Family Support and Play Therapy Base

The local organisations listed above will provide services including outdoor activities and learning, therapeutic family support, family counselling, supported play and personalised support for those with very high needs.

Over the last two years 330 local children and young people have benefitted directly from the £465,000 of funding already allocated, along with over 400 parents and carers, and over 60 school staff who have received mental health and wellbeing related training.

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