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February 2020

Welcome to ChEWS News, the monthly bulletin for young people and families who are awaiting or accessing support from ChEWS at Northorpe Hall or CAMHS at SWYT. This bulletin will hopefully provide some information, resources and tips to help you reflect on your self-care and emotional resilience.

Calling all parents and young people: Do you want to be a writer? Interested in journalism? Why not start here and share your experiences of mental health and emotional well-being by writing an article for our newsletter and emailing it to Nina Thomas. In addition to articles, we could possibly add drawings and poems. We welcome any suggestions as to topics you would like to see in future newsletter and any personal recommendations of websites.

“Little Acts of Kindness – Countless ways to brighten someone’s day”
by Rebecca Dickinson

by Rosa

Filled with inspiring suggestions, this little book dispels negativity and shows you how to open the floodgates of kindness. From the tiny to the Titanic, you’ll find all sorts of ways to brighten someone’s day and help make the world a more welcoming place to live. What’s more, you’ll discover that there’s no need to turn your life upside down, often it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

Children's Mental Health Week

At the beginning of this month it was Children's Mental Health Week, from the 3rd to 9th of February. Place2Be, an organisation who's focus is on improving children’s mental health – were promoting the theme 'Find your Brave'.

Taken from their website:

"For this year’s theme Find your Brave, Place2Be is asking everyone to think about what makes them feel brave. Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Finding your Brave can build your confidence, self- esteem and make you feel good about yourself."


Random Acts of Kindness

There is a charity called 52 Lives, where people have been helped through acts of kindness, whose stories have been put into a book, called, “Kindness, the little thing that matters most” by the charity founder Jaime Thurston. There are also movements like Karma Army, all focusing in making the world a nicer place by doing little acts of kindness. Something like this is a win/win situation because when we do nice things for others, we feel good ourselves, which helps our emotional and mental well-being. Imagine a world where everyone is intent on doing acts of kindness, what a difference that would make in promoting positive emotional and mental well-being.

Chill 'n' Chat

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All are welcome to drop in for a chat at The Northorpe Barn, Northorpe Hall in Mirfield on Wednesday 26th of February from 10am-12pm. This is an opportunity to have a cuppa, meet other parents/carers and Northorpe Hall staff, discuss and share resources and ask our team any questions you may have. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there for some additional pampering and self-care!

The next Chill 'n' Chat will be at The Packhorse Centre, Huddersfield on Thursday 23rd April from 10am-12pm.

Looking out for our Neighbours

The ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign is back to help prevent loneliness and social isolation this winter. The campaign, delivered by West Yorkshire Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, aims to prevent loneliness and social isolation through small acts of kindness. The campaign builds on the success of last year’s campaign. More than 45,000 people across West Yorkshire and Harrogate have taken action to help out those around them. 350 local organisations and community groups have registered as a supporter of the campaign.

During winter months, ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ is particularly important, as those who are older or vulnerable can easily become isolated or lonely as a result of bad weather or the added social pressure that comes with the festive season.

According to research from Age UK, over one million older people say they go more than a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member. Make a difference this winter and get involved in the campaign.

Weekly Self-Care Drop In for Young People

All young people awaiting services through ChEWS or CAMHS are invited to attend a drop in that will be running every Tuesday evening from the 4th February. This will be a relaxed group where young people can meet others, talk to workers and build emotional resilience through a self-care focus each week.

There will be 2 groups:

  • Ages 11-14 from 4.30-5.30pm
  • Ages 15-18 from 6.00-7.00pm

Both groups will run at Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust, Mirfield. We look forward to meeting some of you there.

Safety Nets

Are you aged 11-14, waiting for support with ChEWS or CAMHS and are interested in learning more about how you can help keep yourself physically and emotionally well?

Safety Nets is a new 8 week programme in partnership with CAMHS, Kirklees Active Leisure and Huddersfield Town Foundation. In each session you will spend time doing some physical activity then look at what helps us to stay emotionally well too.

If you would be interested in learning more about this group please call Northorpe Hall on 01924 492183 and ask about Safety Nets.


Celebrated on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations, nationwide, to encourage acts of kindness. It is a favourite day to many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness.

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Workshops for Children and Young People and their Parents/Carers

Why not attend one of our weekly workshops aimed at raising awareness and knowledge on a range of emotional health concerns. Take the opportunity to develop self-care skills, learn new coping strategies, meet others and share your experiences in a relaxed environment. Please click the link below to find out more or book a place on workshops that will be available over the next few months.

There is an additional parent/carer session being offered around Supporting Sleep - Understanding the science of sleep, challenges faced due to lack of sleep and suggestions on how to improve our sleep.

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 11.2 weeks for Counselling support
  • 37.5 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 20.6 weeks for Group work
  • 22.3 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

  • This is from the date of the original support request.

Keep us informed

We know that waiting times can seem long. If you are awaiting a service within ChEWS and need to talk to someone while you are waiting for support or you are concerned that things are getting worse please contact Rosa on 01924 492183. If you are aged 11-18 you may also like to access Kooth an online support service providing self-help and online counselling available at www.kooth.com and signing up with your location as Kirklees.

If you feel that things have changed for you and support is no longer required please contact to let us know:

ChEWS - 01924 492183 or send a text to 07757 751927

CAMHS - 01484 343783

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