Project information

The Butterflies Project

To support 6 -17 year olds through sudden bereavement, divorce, separation, murder, manslaughter and suicide. We support them through the grief process, enable them to achieve their aspirations and potential, help them to play an active part in society and re- engage with their education and peers.

January 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: Listening Ear (merseyside)

Listening Ear (merseyside)
  • Need

    Need

    We reduce the stigma of supporting 6 -17 year olds with mental health issues. Following bereavement and loss, there is a feeling of isolation and societal removal, lack of aspiration and self-worth. The area we work in is suffering through high levels of economic downturn, which causes increased pressure on the family unit. As a result of this we are witnessing higher levels of family referrals, suicide and self-harm. There is no comparable local service.

    Solution

    By offering 1:1 support in a secure environment with highly trained support workers, based in an easily accessible community setting, the beneficiaries can explore the issues around bereavement, loss and separation, enabling them to move forward in their lives. The project has been developed with the young people and plans to involve the children and young people in further development of the project in the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Deliver the Butterflies project through 2013

    Activities

    » Individual assessment of beneficiary.
    » Maximum of 8 x 1:1 support sessions
    » Final supported beneficiary group events such as street dance, health

    The success is demonstrated by outcomes monitoring assessments and client feedback. We aim to support 60 young people with at least 1 adult per young person.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The long term changes will include reduction in the levels of negative behaviour and increase levels of confidence, self-esteem and well-being. The success will be demonstrated through monitoring and evaluation, client feedback and case studies.

    Risk

    The most significant risks are the removal of statutory funding and the lack of any other service provider. Without the project, the current beneficiaries will have no support

    Reporting

    We will report on a quarterly basis the outcomes we monitor including at least one case study.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,500 Staffing Delivering 1:1 support sessions and administration
      £1,000 Building costs Rent and power
      £3,000 Resources Memory Boxes and support work material
      £500 Marketing Referral and promotional activity
  • Background

    Location

    The project is based in Knowsley, Merseyside. 62% of Knowsley’s population live in areas of multiple deprivation which is over three-times the national average and twice the figure for the North-West. This represents almost 94,000 residents, who experience a range of mental health problems associated with their day to day socio-economic circumstances. Over 11,000 children are classified as living in poverty which is a third higher than the national average.

    Beneficiaries

    Children, young people and their parent carer, and third party organisation such as Schools, Social services etc

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only service provider in Merseyside that can offer the range and quality of mental health support to children and young people for whom such services are traditionally inadequate, ineffective or simply not available at all. We have been delivering the project for the past 7 years. We also have provision within the project for beneficiaries to feedback their experiences, and help to develop and amend the future delivery

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Tracy Allen Lea

    Tracy has worked in the education sector and then has been coordinating and delivering the project for the past 7 years.

    Karen Hartley

    Karen’s children were the first beneficiaries and she has worked for us for 7 years, 1st as a receptionist, and now a Butterflies support worker

    Carol Dowling

    Carol started with the organisation working with Adults, but retrained to work with children and has been with the project for 7 years.