COPES wins funding for essential Think Family Neighbourhood work in Mid Sussex

Our COPES team is delighted to announce it has secured funding from Mid Sussex District Council to contribute to the West Sussex Think Family Neighbourhood programme. COPES will provide this vital service to referred students from the Burgess Hill Academy, working closely with their parents and carers.

The year-long project will help to tackle the growing percentage of children in this location displaying low level mental health needs and anxiety, which may relate to ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Condition and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. The current demand for support hugely outweighs supply, with many families not meeting the threshold for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Our experienced family outreach workers will help to fill this gap, providing much needed help for children who need tailored behaviour management strategies, and who are at risk of exclusion and/or under-achievement. The therapeutic intervention will aim to foster improved family relationships, greater engagement and educational attainment, as well as social skills and self-esteem.


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