In view of recent developments in relation to COVID-19 the 42nd Street team have reflected on how to respond in order to keep young people’s needs at the centre of all we do and as a key service in Greater Manchester, whilst balancing our responsibilities to adhere to government advice around social distancing.
The good news is that we have developed refined ways of working that mean that we will continue to support young people in our care as best we can over the coming period of disruption.
However we will not be able to process any new referrals to our core service (this includes IAPT services) and we will be suspending our face to face work in our 42nd Street venues, community venues and education settings.
Support will continue in the following ways (last updated 1st April 2020). PLEASE NOTE SERVICES MAY CHANGE AS THE SITUATION PROGRESSES/CHANGES, WE WILL BE CONSTANTLY REVIEWING OUR POSITION IN LIGHT OF NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND GOVERNMENT ADVICE
Any referrals that were received by 42nd Street’s core service before March 23rd 2020 will be treated as usual, after this date no further referral will be processed until further notice
Young People that are already receiving one to one support in the community (This includes IAPT services)
If young people are already receiving one- to- one support from 42nd Street’s central service we are contacting them to discuss and offer the following options:
All young people currently receiving a service have the contact details for their worker and they can contact them as usual. If the worker is not available they will leave messages and/or out of office messages on their phones and emails so that young people are clear who to contact and how.
Young people from education settings
42nd Street’s offer within schools and colleges, whilst they are closed or reduced, will be suspended until they re-open. However, schools based workers will continue to remotely support young people referred from the schools that are working within, this includes vulnerable young people and will continue support over the holiday periods. All support will be discussed and agreed with the young person, family and education setting.
Young people can access our online support by logging on at onlinesupport.42ndstreet.org.uk. This service offers young people access to one-to-one support with 42nd Street’s Mental Health Practitioners either in real time or for weekly appointments.
Young people in high levels of distress
42nd Street has a team of workers as part of the Integrated Community Response Service and SafeZones Team, where we work in partnership with health and social care colleagues via Early Help Hubs and Crisis Care Teams across Greater Manchester. Where young people present with high levels of distress colleagues from the Early Help Hubs and Crisis Care Teams will be able to contact these workers to arrange short term, de-escalation and stabilising support.
If you are part of a group we will be exploring options about how we can continue as the situation develops such as telephone support and digital solutions.
Our Creative Programme – The Horsfall
All public facing exhibitions, performances, training and events have been postponed until further notice, but we are launching our #HorsfallCreateAndConnect project on our Instagram and other social media channels if you want to reconnect and do something positive and creative.
Safeguarding and Risk Management
42nd Street is implementing a revised infrastructure and safeguarding escalation team and process to ensure support and safety for all staff and young people.- this plan, alongside our whole redesign, has built in mitigation plans for when/if staff become sick/unable to work
If you feel unwell
If you are experiencing any symptoms, however mild, then the latest stay at home advice is that if you live alone you should stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. If you need to talk to anyone about how this might be impacting on you, call or text your worker and they will talk through ways we can support you.
Self Care and Staying Connected
There is a lot of confusing media flying around at the moment which can be worrying and stressful. Self-care is extra important – here are our top tips and you can find further advice in our blogs here: Latest News and Blogs
Avoid too much media coverage
Stay in touch with friends / family by text, on social or call them
Focus on your wellbeing
Practice self-care and share your tips with others
Keep up your normal routine as much as possible
You can find our social media channels here…
If you’re worried , think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus or want further information, please check and follow the advice here: NHS Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Thanks for your support as we all face these new challenges.
42nd Street is a Greater Manchester charity that supports young people aged 11-25* years with their emotional wellbeing and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. We champion young person centred approaches that demonstrate local impact and have national significance.
We offer a range of individual therapeutic support and encourage and support young people to have a voice, and access opportunities to learn, develop new skills, be creative, have fun and demonstrate to themselves and others that they are able to recover, manage their mental health and wellbeing and achieve their full potential.
* Please note that our individual therapeutic support services are for young people aged 13-25 years only. Services for 11-12 year olds are only available where we have bespoke services in specific settings. More details about service availability across Greater Manchester and age ranges for each service can be found here.
We deliver services at our Manchester city centre base, in community venues, arts and cultural centres, and in schools and colleges to make sure our services are accessible.
We currently deliver individual counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)*, Counselling for Depression*, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)*, one to one psycho-social support and advocacy services in the following areas:
Why are men less likely to use a mental health service? Why, in the group of men, are black men even less likely to use a mental health service? There are many reasons but you can now read how the We Tell You team have helped contribute to this conversation.
The We Tell You manifesto and report is the culmination of a three-year peer led research project, which spoke with 78 young black men, aged 13 – 24, across Greater Manchester. In the report, you will find an executive summary, recommendations, background, method and key findings and we are inviting you to explore the perceptions and suggested solutions to some of the barriers faced by young black men when accessing services.
You can read the report in full here
Get involved in the conversation @42ndStreetmcr #wetellyou