CHUMS provides Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People. They offer individual support, group work, family support, family days, activity days and residential weekends. CHUMS ethos, wherever possible, to support the family as a whole, as they know that sometimes everyone in the family needs a little help, not just the child who has been referred.
CHUMS operates in Bedfordshire, Luton, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and handles over 3000 referrals per year. Whilst not an emergency service, supporting children and young people is at the heart of everything they do, and they are passionate about supporting as many children and young people as they can.
Their mission is to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Luton, Bedfordshire and beyond, enabling positive and fulfilling lives by:
Increasing emotional resilience in children, young people, families and communities
Offering therapeutic support to children, young people and families
Actively engaging service users, families and other stakeholders to influence service delivery
Raising awareness of mental health difficulties through training and campaigning, to reduce stigma and highlight the need for prevention and early intervention.
Mental health services are drastically underfunded or not funded at all by central government and rely heavily on donations and volunteer support. CHUMS needs to raise £400,000 per year to provide its services, so I am sure that our support of this charity will be very gratefully received.