Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Mind the Gap: Community Support (age 11+)

Community-based support for children & young people in Brighton & Hove, provided by YMCA DownsLink Group and the Wellbeing Service.

The CYP (Children and Young People) part of the Wellbeing Service is delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group.

What is Mind the Gap?

Mind The Gap offers community wellbeing support to children and young people aged 11-25 years old and their families. The team works with children and young people who are struggling to find or engage with the right services to support them.

Mind the Gap workers can offer home visits and liaise with other services and school to ensure that the young person and families needs are met. This service offers youth work-based, non-clinical support to children, young people and their families.

Part of our Mind The Gap team is also built on a model of social prescribing. This is a way of supporting people to access services in the community that can benefit their health and wellbeing such as youth clubs, sporting activities and wellbeing services. It ultimately aims to encourge GP's to prescribe these kinds of support to young people to improve their health and wellbeing by referring to our Mind The Gap Link Worker.

who is Mind the Gap for?

Children and young people aged 11-25 with mental health needs, who may “fall between the gaps” of services.

They may need home visits or support in the community to engage with the appropriate services and could require short-term work, (to navigate the appropriate support and facilitate referrals,) or long-term work to build a trusting professional relationship before engaging them in the appropriate support to meet their needs.