HRH The Duke of Sussex announces Place2Be and OnSide Youth Zones collaboration

Place2Be are proud to announce a new partnership with OnSide Youth Zones, funded by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Prince Harry

Last night at the OnSide Awards HRH The Duke of Sussex announced a new partnership between OnSide Youth Zones and Place2Be. Launching in Future Youth Zone, the partnership will see Place2Be’s mental health services become available for young people across Barking and Dagenham.

“It is with real pleasure that I can tonight announce the newest member of the OnSide family – the schools’ mental health charity Place2Be. Through a collaboration brought together by the City of London, Place2Be’s mental health services will become available in Youth Zones, starting with Future Youth Zone in London later this month'' The Duke of Sussex

“This, of course, is fantastic news as sometimes a lack of mental fitness can be the biggest blocker to our own ability to succeed. By understanding our own mental health as much as we do our physical health, by knowing what makes us thrive rather than just survive, we’ll be unlocking such incredible potential for ourselves and more young people up and down the country. So, for everyone involved in making this happen, thank you.”

Place2Be and OnSide Youth Zones have been supported by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal since November 2017, alongside Samaritans. The Lord Mayor’s Appeal brings together charities, business and communities to tackle London's most pressing social issues.

The Lord Mayor's Appeal has funded a one year pilot programme; to explore how Place2Be's in-school therapeutic services can be replicated in a youth club setting. As part of the pilot, Place2Be has employed a counsellor who will provide one-to-one counselling and Place2Talk services for young people. Place2Be will also train the staff and youth workers to help them support the resilience and wellbeing of the children and young peple they work with.

"Sunday 17th November saw the OSside Youth Awards at the Royal Albert Hall and the word is SPECTACULAR! The event celebrated the achievements and talents of young people and volunteers and staff across the Onside network which is nationwide with 50,000 members situated in disadvantaged communities. OnSide Youth Zones operate 7 days a week and aim to transform the lives of their young members. We are proud of our collaboration, and look forward to establishing Place2Be in the Zone in Barking and Dagenham". Dr Stephen Adams-Langley, Senior Clinical Consultant at Place2Be

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