Our Reach service & Christmas tips!

Caption: We have celebrated receiving our 1,000 referral
Caption: Emotion biscuits a REACH key worker made with a small child to examine the facial features of specific emotions.
Caption: Here are a group of young people attending Middlesbrough FC stadium.
Caption: Making a worry Monster

2016 has been a very busy year for the REACH Children and Young People’s Team. We have celebrated receiving our 1,000 referral and have also secured a further 2 years’ worth of funding with HeadStart.

But what is REACH and what can we offer to you and your family?

REACH supports school aged children and young people with low level emotional difficulties. We work with young people that attend Middlesbrough primary and secondary schools. The majority of work we do is on a 1-1 in their school, our aim is to help young people to develop more effective ways of coping with their problems, such as controlling their anger, dealing with anxiety, improving confidence and self-esteem, overcoming bullying, dealing with friendship issues and coping with difficulties at home or school. Sometimes a young person just needs someone that they can talk to, sharing their worries and frustrations.

Group activities
We also work with groups of young people, during the last year we have hosted a variety of activities over the school holidays such as First aid, Team building, Multi-sports and Circus skills with partner organisations such as the YMCA and Middlesbrough FC Foundation. 

We have also delivered transition activities for Y6 pupils preparing them for secondary school, by delivering workshops on friendships, team building, problem solving and coping strategies.

What we have planned for 2017
• Continuing to support more young people across Middlesbrough that are struggling to deal with their emotional well-being
• On-going work with school staff in all of the Middlesbrough schools
• Sharing our completed self-help books with young people

Top tips
What can you do with your family over the Christmas period to fight off stress?

• Get wrapped up warm and go for a nice walk with the family to a local park or woods
• Take time for yourself, read a book, listen to some relaxing music or have a soak in a bath
• Have a movie night and watch a classic Christmas movie
• Play a board game with the whole family to bring the family together
• Eat some feel good food, take time out to relax with a hot drink away from the stresses
• Bake some yummy biscuits or delicious cupcakes with your family
• If it’s miserable outside why not be creative and do some arts and crafts as a family. Have a go at making your very own worry monster

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