Housing association boosts children's mental health projects

By Barrie Hudson - 5 February 2021


Sovereign Housing Association has helped a children's mental health project in Swindon.

  • The association has highlighted the toll of lockdown on children's mental health (picture posed by model)

    The association has highlighted the toll of lockdown on children's mental health (picture posed by model)

With statistics showing that one in six children is experiencing a probable mental health disorder, the association - which has properties in the town - says that supporting projects giving young people a boost during a time of need has been a priority throughout the pandemic.

In Children’s Mental Health Week, which runs until 7 February, Sovereign is highlighting some of the projects it has worked on with charity providers via the Good Exchange and Crowdfunder.

In Swindon, local group The Beach Hut was able to run outdoor family arts and crafts, forest school workshops and boxing sessions throughout October and December. Children attending the sessions also got involved with making up food parcels to thank key workers in the area.

Daisy Mummery, Sovereign community development officer, said: “Of the children who took part in the activities, two thirds felt more able to turn to someone in their community to ask for advice, and also reported feeling significantly more in control of their lives.”

In West Berkshire Sovereign put £5,000 towards Time to Talk, which, thanks to Good Exchange matched funding increased to £19,531. 

Four funding partners and 68 public donors contributed to the campaign, which offers young people one-to-one counselling sessions. 

The Sovereign Good Exchange fund continues to support a wide range of projects, including those that give people struggling with their mental health a way forward, and is available to view at https://app.thegoodexchange.com/funders/10874/sovereign-housing-association 


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