County Durham Emotional Wellbeing

County Durham Children and Young People’s Emotional Health &Wellbeing Network

Aim:

  1. To provide a network meeting and e-network for practitioners who have an interest in promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health of children, young people and families in County Durham.
  2. To inform the work of the County Durham Children & Young People’s Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Group.

Format

The network is funded by Public Health, Durham County Council and coordinated by Success (North East). Four two hour network meetings take place throughout the year (September, December, February and May) as well as regular e-network bulletins.

Each meeting includes:

  • Guest Speakers.
  • An opportunity to share practice, ideas, issues and information about services relating to children and young people’s emotional wellbeing.
  • Support for practitioners and Relax Kids coaches (further information on Relax Kids below).
  • A show and tell section to promote resources practitioners are using with children and young people.

Information from the network is fed into the County Durham Children & Young People’s Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Group.

Membership

The network is open to anyone with an interest in promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health of children, young people and families in County Durham. We currently have over 200 practitioners registered on the e-network and between 30-50 practitioners attending meetings.

Background:

The network was initially established as a Relax Kids Network in June 2014, to provide a forum for Relax Kids trained coaches to share practice. It quickly became evident that a wider forum was required for any practitioner with an interest in promoting emotional wellbeing and membership would not be exclusive to Relax Kids coaches.

Relax Kids Training:

County Durham now have over 200 Relax Kids coaches delivering Relax Kids and Chill Skills training courses to children and young people in schools and community settings. Relax Kids sessions fosters children and young people’s emotional wellbeing- improves self-awareness, emotional literacy, behavioural, social and listening skills. Children, young people, parents and staff who are participating in the programme are reporting fantastic results.

Public Health, Durham County Council provided funding for the Relax Kids training programme which teaches participants to take children and young people through a 7 step programme from high energy to low energy. This includes a range of relaxation exercises – movement, games, stretching and breathing techniques, self-massage, affirmations and visualisations.

Getting Involved:

If you would like to sign up to the network, attend as a guest speaker or would like any further information on anything mentioned above please contact Wendy Minhinnett on 07415380040 or email info@success.coop