What our partnership will fund

By giving Place2Be a grant of £75,000 a year for three years, we will support Place2Be’s whole school services in 10 schools across the UK, enabling over 4,000 children from deprived communities to access life changing mental health support.

Why it matters

Half of lifetime mental health problems start before the age of 14 – and 75% before the age of 18.

One in ten children has a mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression. This impacts their ability to learn, make friends and just get through the day.

The children Place2Be works with are facing challenges that no child should have to experience; they suffer bullying, abuse, domestic violence, neglect and much more.

Without support, the problems these children face can grow up with them and become much more serious issues later in life, leading to things like unemployment, homelessness and addiction.

By intervening early, Place2Be can help break the downward spiral, preventing the challenges children face from defining their future. 

How we help

In each of the ten schools we are supporting, children will have access to a Place2Be room where a team of trained counsellors will provide a range of vital services:

  • One-to-one counselling: for children with the most urgent or complex needs. 
  • Place2Talk: lunchtime self-referral service which any child in the school can access. 
  • Group work: for shared issues in response to arising needs such as a traumatic event or the transition to secondary school. 
  • Parent Partnership: work to help parents to understand and support the work undertaken with their children. 
  • Place2Think: for teachers addressing themes related to children’s emotional wellbeing, including behaviour, working effectively with parents and resolving conflict.

By providing this support, not only do children with poor mental wellbeing benefit, the entire school community benefits from a better learning environment and increased emotional literacy.

The difference we make

Together we are helping children in deprived communities where there is a desperate need for our work. Children from the poorest families are three times more likely to suffer from a mental health problem.  This partnership will allow us to be there for these children at a time when they have no one else to turn to, when our support matters the most, and when it can make the biggest difference.

"Place2Be makes it easier to sleep because you get things off your mind." Nine-year-old child

Please contact Clare Maynard on clare.maynard@zct.org.uk if you have any queries regarding our partnership with Place2Be.