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July 2022

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.

Do you want to contribute to this newsletter? If you have anything you feel would be helpful to include in the newsletter, or any topics you would like to see please email Rosa Forrest.

The Happiness Bible
by Cheryl Rickman

Front Cover image of the book The Happiness Bible by Cheryl Rickman
by Rosa

This is a complete overview on how to improve and sustain your emotional well-being through looking at feelings and how they affect us, especially negative worrying thoughts. Although we think of happiness as being elusive and possibly unattainable, this book promotes the idea that the more positive our outlook, the more manageable our lives. It has useful sections on key ingredients to improve positivity through simple activities and techniques to help you flourish and thrive, not just survive.

Silver Cloud is an online self-help cognitive behaviour therapy programme to help support and manage anxiety and low mood. There are programmes for young people 15+ but can be younger if appropriate and for parents and carers to support their children or teenagers. In addition, there are extra modules available around sleep, relaxation, self-image, resilience, and friendships.

For more information please call us on 01924 492183.


Did you know that at least 1 in 12 young people will self-harm at some point in their lives? Self-harm can be a very secretive behaviour and something that people can find very difficult to talk about. Through the campaign #LetsTalkAboutSelfHarm we want to raise awareness, increase understanding, get people talking and promote helpful responses.

Visit our website for more information and resources.

Kirklees Local Offer Events


Please see the link below to learn more about Chathealth, a text service available for young people and parents/carers through Thriving Kirklees.


For parent/carers: 07520 618867

For young people aged 11-19: 07520 618866

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 31.4 weeks for Counselling support
  • 47.9 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 50.1 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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

Fun in the Sun

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Everyone seems to feel better in the summer as the days are longer and the weather is warmer. This is a good time for self-care and promoting our well-being. It is a time for family, friends and social occasions where we can relax and take time to enjoy activities we may have let slip and connect with others through fun activities and meaningful conversations. In addition to this we need to look after ourselves by ensuring we are eating and sleeping properly in order to function well daily. It is a time to enjoy the outdoors getting some fresh air and exercise. A time to be bold and have some new adventures. It is a time to reflect and change things which are not working to make a difference to our future. Those with good emotional well-being have a positive outlook, which is achieved through gratitude and optimism.

Chill 'n' Chat

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Chill N Chat is a group to discuss any concerns and get advice and support around challenges facing their children and young people’s emotional and mental wellbeing.

The next Chill 'n' Chat will be held in The Barn at Northorpe Hall, Mirfield on Thursday 21st July 2022 from 10am-12pm.

Click here to sign up to attend

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Kooth is an online support service providing self-help and online counselling for children and young people aged 11-25. To access the service visit the site www.kooth.com and sign up with your location as Kirklees.

Young Person’s voice printed with permission

Your suffering, your memory of it, is like a hard teddy bear that hurts you. So, put it down more often so you see how it does not hurt when you hold it.

You and it are separate. One day you will notice that the bad teddy bear is gone, you lost it sometime and never noticed. You will see that your good and noble choices made a better life, something positive and now you hold a new teddy bear, soft and warm; one that brings an inner glow and keeps you cosy under starlight and sunshine alike.

Night OWLS

Night OWLS is a confidential support line for children and young people in crisis. Helping them, their parents and carers living in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

If a child or young person you care for is in a crisis contact Night OWLS. This service is for ALL families including those with children/young people who are Looked After, Adopted or with any additional needs. They're available 8pm-8am

Call this number for free:

0800 148 8244



Visit their website

Positive Minds

Oakwell Hall Summer Sessions

Growing Works are delivering an alternative provision for the summer holidays every Tuesday and Thursday from the 26th of July.

  • Sprout for families
  • Young Shoots for young people (13yrs+) with SEND
  • Sprout Strong Parents Reaching Out
  • Young Shoots (13yrs+) with SEND and siblings

Click here for more information and details on how to book


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Workshops for children, young people and their Parents/Carers

We offer a range of workshops online and face to face to explore a number of common mental health concerns providing information and useful things to try to support. Please click the link below to book onto sessions available for children and young people and their parents/carers. For online sessions we will be using Zoom and you will need to sign up with an email address we can contact you on and have access to a computer/laptop and a quiet space at the time of the session for 45mins.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Drop-In

We now have some drop-in sessions available for young people who are known to ChEWS and CAMHS within Kirklees. This may be on a young person on a waiting list or with an allocated worker. Young people can access the drop in’s as and when they choose whilst known to a service.

There are 2 different types of drop in as follows:

"Creative Space"

Mondays from 7th March HOOT, Bates Mill, Milford Street, Huddersfield, HD1 3DX

4-30pm-7:30pm (Ages 11-18)

This drop in is a safe space where young people can come and relax, meet others and have the opportunity to engage in creative activities as a way to express themselves and explore the use of creativity as part of self-care. There will be artists and mental health workers at the group who will explore the available resources with young people. Young people will be able to participate as much or as little as they wish to and arrive and leave throughout the session. This is a creative space open to young people to drop in and out of during the time frame of 4:30 and 7:30, not a structured session requiring that time for attendance.

"Self-Care Station"

Every Tuesday at Northorpe Hall, Mirfield

First Drop in - 4:30pm to 5:30pm (Ages 11-14)

Second Drop in – 6pm to 7pm (Ages 15-18)

Every Thursday at The Packhorse Centre, Huddersfield.

First Drop in - 4:30pm to 5:30pm (Ages 11-14)

Second Drop in – 6pm to 7pm (Ages 15-18)

Northorpe Hall are offering a self-care drop in for those young people who are currently waiting for support. The drop in includes some check in time, getting to know one another and has a focus each week to build on your emotional resilience and the importance of self-care – looking after yourself! This could include strategies to help manage anxiety, low mood, anger, self-harm and building relationships with others. It can also offer a safe space to talk and explore what may be holding you back. Please note these sessions are for young people only and not parents.

The Self-Care Station offers a relaxed and engaging way of learning new ways to help manage and cope when life feels difficult. We aim to make it an inviting safe space to come and relax, learn more about yourself and meet others who may be experiencing the same difficulties. You don’t need to book on, just turn up at Northorpe Hall or at our space in The Packhorse Centre at the times stated.

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An invite from our Youth Voice Group

Are you age 10-19 years, and would like to have a say about services for young people’s mental health? Just come along and join our meetings at Northorpe Hall, Mirfield WF14 0QL 5-6.30pm, 1st Monday of every month (please note there is no meeting 1 August 2022) What we do:-

  • Help shape and develop mental health services for children & young people
  • We are actively involved in decision-making at Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust
  • We support interview panels, website development, decisions that affect us and our services
  • We share information about how wellbeing and mental health affects young people

Just turn up, no need to book! Or call us for more information on 01924 492183

And a message from our Parent Forum Group

Are you a parent or carer, with an interest in young people’s mental health? Why not join us for a brew and cake, and start to get involved and have a say about the services at Northorpe Hall.

Our group is just starting out, so it’s a great time to get involved. We meet in The Barn, Northorpe Hall. Call our office number to find out the details of our next meeting.

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 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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