Mental health team expands services to meet demands from young people

Young people who have been working with Escape Interventions pictured on its recent sponsored Coast to Castle cycle ride which covered 200 miles from Newcastle to Edinburgh.
Young people who have been working with Escape Interventions pictured on its recent sponsored Coast to Castle cycle ride which covered 200 miles from Newcastle to Edinburgh.

A team which helps young people overcome their mental health issues is widening its service to meet demands.

Escape Intervention services, in Market Dock in South Shields, began working with secondary school children and college students, but is now expanding to reach out to children as young as four and adults aged up to 25.

Due to the demand for our services and the increasing number of enquiries we are expanding our provision to work with four to 25-year-olds.

Spokesman for Escape Interventions

It offers counselling services to children to help them improve their mental health, working on anxiety issues, depression, self-harming and bullying among other problems.

It also runs a bereavement and loss service to children who have lost someone, using qualified counsellors, and is affiliated to the Childhood Bereavement Network.

As it looks to continue its work and activities, is has thanked funders who have supported its work.

A spokesman said: “Escape Intervention Services is grateful to the support received from the Greggs Foundation, who have provided £30,000 over two years towards sustaining the service manager’s post.

“This post is integral to the continuation of Escape providing a valuable counselling service to children in the borough to overcome their mental

“Escape Intervention Services has historically worked with children aged 11 to 18 years.
“However, due to the demand for our services and the increasing number of enquiries we are expanding our provision to work with four to 25-year-olds.

“We also provide activities which include canoeing, climbing, sailing and residential experiences, which are funded by the Big Lottery Fund and provide opportunities for all young people in the borough, including the most disadvantaged.”

During the last 10 years, the organisation has worked with around 600 young people each year and has raised around £1.2million to fund its work, as well as its own events to boost funds, including a recent 200mile bike ride which took young people from Newcastle to Edinburgh.

It has also been able to buy a minibus thanks to the Cloth Workers’ Foundation, which has allowed it to travel further afield to deliver activities, including the Borders, Northumberland and Yorkshire.

It is searching for volunteers to help with its activity programmes, particularly someone who can drive the minibus.

Anyone interested can call (0191) 4276353.

More information on the organisation can be found via www.escapeintervention.org.uk.