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September 2019

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.

The Teenage Guide to Friends
by Nicola Morgan

by Rosa

Contents include a section on making friends, keeping friendships strong, and what happens when they break down - as well as a look at online friendships, cyber-bullying, toxic friendships and frenemies, and empathy. Very user friendly with some quizzes to help understand ourselves and develop and maintain friendships.


Change and Transition

Change is constant. We change as we grow. Our circumstances often change, whether it is relationships, job, house move or school. It is a part of life. Charles M. Sell author of “Transitions through Adult Life” describes change, “like travelling from one island to another. We leave solid ground in order to move on. Usually we are vulnerable while travelling between islands.” This vulnerable state is transition and can impact our emotional well-being, so managing this time is key. We can do this by considering the following.

  1. Be Prepared – Find out what you need to know about the new situation, such as location, transport, facilities etc.
  2. Be Proactive – Push through those anxious feelings and try new things and make new friends.
  3. Be Patient – Give yourself time to adjust.
  4. Be Present – Avoid comparing old and new! Accept where you are now!

Chill 'n' Chat

chill n chat poster All parents and carers of children awaiting or accessing a service are invited to drop in for a chat in the barn at Northorpe Hall on Thursday 24th of October 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!
National Parents & Carers Special Educational Needs Conference 2019

The first National Special Educational Needs and Mental Health Parents & Carers Conference will provide guests with the opportunity to attend truly world-class sessions at a fraction of the usual cost, all delivered by experts within their field.

Event Date: Saturday 5th October 2019 9:30am

Venue: ACC Convention Centre

Location: Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP

Cost: £10.00

For more information on this event, click here.


Naomi Golan, author of “Passing through Transitions” defines transition as the following; “a period of moving from one state of certainty to another, with an interval of uncertainty and change in between.”

Group of Feet in a Circle

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.

Singing for the soul

Are you 11-18? Interested in making new friends, learning new skills and boosting your confidence? Come join the Singing for the Soul group and learn how to sing your way to happiness. The group is every Tuesday (term time only) 4-5:30pm from 10th of September at S2R Create Space, 5-7 Brook St, Huddersfield, HD1 1EB. To get involved or for more information, please contact Alex Feather 01484 343150 or via alex.feather1@swyt.nhs.uk

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 14.7 weeks for Counselling support
  • 20.6 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 19.6 weeks for Group work
  • 24.2 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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


"Transition can be a traumatic time for people. This is because quite often it involves considerable change for the people involved. Provided people (children, young people and adults) are well prepared for the change, are confident and happy about the change, then adaptation will be smooth and relatively trouble free. However, everyone has different needs and those with additional or special needs will need extra care and support throughout a time of transition."

thegrid.org.uk - type transitions into search tab for some useful information
“Transitions are hard for everybody,” says Dr. David Anderson, senior director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. “One of the reasons why transitions may be hard is that we’re often transitioning from a preferred activity – something we like doing – to something that we need to do.”

Why do kids have trouble with transitions?
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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