Project information

Life's no fairytale

Children with mental and emotional health problems need to tell and understand their story, and find a way to a happier ending. In fairytales, only the goodies get to live happily ever after, but real life is more complex. Counsellors and mentors will listen to children to help them back to health

January 2012 - December 2012

Charity information

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust

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  • Need


    We turned over 250 children away from our counselling service, because we didn't have enough funding. These are children facing bereavement, family breakdown, depression, anxiety and neglect. We know that these children are more likely to develop long term mental health problems without some help soon. Many are isolated and will seek to manage their painful feelings with drugs and alcohol, whcih can make things worse. 90% of those we support say that their lives have improved as a result.


    Many children say that adults don't really listen to them. Our mentors and counsellors are experienced, qualified, caring people who are able not only to hear their story, but to help them understand it and find a way to a happier ever after. Assessments and feedback from young people and parents show that our compassionate and responsive approach makes a real difference to how they feel about themselves and their ability to get the help they need.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give 100 children the chance to tell and understand their life's story to a mentor or counsellor


    » Provide each child with 10 sessions with a mentor or counsellor. We will also provide transport and refreshments if needed.

    Success will be...
    90 children saying that they feel more optimistic about their future, better about themselves and assessments showing improved mental health

  • Impact


    Mental health problems undermine success in education, relationships, work, creativity and our ability to care for others, and reduce our chances of being independent. Dealing with children's mental heatlh early will save considerable public money in the long term, preventing hospitalisation, residential care, custody and petty crime. Children who have a positive experience of good mental health care are more able to support their peers and children with their mental health.


    Will children get involved? Our existing waiting list shows that this is what children want and need.
    Are there workers skilled enough to do this work? Our track record shows that we already have the staff who can do this, we jsut don't have the funds to pay them enough hours.


    We produce quarterly summaries of all those who have requested and taken up the support, giving statistical analysis, feedback from children and case studies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £38,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Salaries/fees Counsellor and mentor costs
      £4,000 Management Management of counsellors
      £4,000 Admin Admin & record keeping
      £5,000 Other Venue & activity costs
  • Background


    We're based in MIrfield, West Yorkshire.
    Children would live in Dewsbury, Batley, Huddersfield and the surrounding area. We will prioritise those in disadvantaged areas.


    100 children and their families in the Dewsbury/Huddersfield area

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have supported children's mental health since 1963, and have a fantastic local record of this work. We are the biggest youth counselling organisation in Kirklees, delivering 2400 sessions last year. Our purpose is to support the mental and emotional health of children and young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire Sidebottom

    Project Leader. She will ensure we reach children and staff are supported.

    Counsellors And Mentors

    These will work directly with children. We currently have 10 counsellors and 11 mentors.

    Tom Taylor

    Director. He will take overall management and financial responsibility.


10 counselling sessions for a child