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Latest news from The Weald Family Hub

34926110-6132-40df-b338-ecb1f686b998.pngThank you to everyone who has supported the Weald Family Hub in 2018 – we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Work is continuing in earnest here at The Hub and it’s been another busy month.

You may have seen that the NHS recently released a report about the mental health of children and young people in England. This report raises significant concerns about the prevalence of mental health disorders in children and young people and continues to show us why the work we are doing at The Hub is so critical for the Weald community. If you would like to read the report it can be found here.

Take a look below to read an update on the work that has started supporting counselling in our local schools. In addition, Staplehurst United Reformed Church recently ran a fundraising event for The Hub – see how much they raised below. The governance of The Hub is extremely important as we move forward with our work and start making the vision a reality. See why its important that The Hub has a leadership team. Finally, we have an initial update on the Fegans Conference held recently which was entitled ‘Understanding This Generation’.

12 pupils benefit from counselling supported by funding from The Hub

We are very pleased to share that the first group of children from four local schools are completing their initial counselling sessions which have been subsidised by The Hub. The Hub is working in partnership with Fegans who provide professional counsellors that deliver individual counselling sessions in the schools. Counselling is an opportunity for a child to build a safe and trusted relationship with a trained professional who can help them to work through their difficulties and offers them a safe place to express troubling emotions in a therapeutic way.One of the Headteachers who has received the subsidised counselling for her school recently told us about one child who had behavioural challenges they were struggling to find solutions for within the normal school routine. She said “We have seen a noticeable difference in this pupil’s behaviour and general wellbeing since they began the counselling. They are more resilient and have more strategies to support themselves. They are also less emotional and better able to think through the situation rationally, to reason and accept responsibility. It’s a very positive outcome to see such a change in this pupil and something that may well be a turning point for them for the future. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of The Hub”

Fundraising event at Staplehurst United Reformed Church

On Saturday 24th November Staplehurst United Reformed Church ran a hugely successful festive coffee morning. A lovely array of stalls offered a variety of homemade cakes, crafts and plants for sale. We are very pleased to say that they have donated the funds they raised on the day to The Weald Family Hub, raising over £700! We are hugely grateful to everyone at Staplehurst URC and everyone who attended the event for making this possible.

New steering committee has inaugural meeting to lead The Hub

The governance of The Hub is extremely important and will be fundamental to its future success and sustained work to fulfil its vision in the long term. This team of extremely committed and energetic volunteers have been brought together as they offer diverse skills, experience and knowledge ranging from mental health professionals to financial and fundraising experts and church representatives from across the Weald community. This team will be responsible for ensuring the Weald Family Hub fulfils its purpose as effectively as possible with the resources available on behalf of the beneficiaries, funders and supporters of the young people and families The Hub aims to support. This team will play a critical leadership role in ensuring that The Hub thrives and delivers its purpose.

Fegans conference a huge success!
On Monday 26th November Fegans held their Understanding This Generation conference. Over 220 people representing over 35 churches from across the South East attended the event at Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells. Inspirational talks were given by the Rt Revd Simon Burton-Jones (Bishop of Tonbridge), Lindsay Melluish (family psychotherapist) and Ian Soars (CEO of Fegans). Revd Hugh Nelson (Vicar at Goudhurst and Kilndown Church) talked about making the Weald Family Hub a practical reality.
Finally, Lucy Kedge shared some personal experiences and how these shaped her own faith and led her to become an ambassador for BEAT, a leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape. A full report on the event for those who missed it will be available in January’s newsletter but if you have time please view below the heartfelt talk given by Lucy Kedge together with a brief interview with her at the conference.
The Weald Family Hub.
Connecting the community with people, projects & organisations to support young people & their families who are struggling with issues of mental health across the Wealden villages.

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