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We give extra funding to support young people

Published: 16 November 2020

We have pledged extra support for children and young people whose families are affected by substance misuse.

We are putting an additional £245,000 into the Space4U project for its vital work in supporting children and young people in Derbyshire affected by someone else’s substance misuse.

The funding, over 4 years, is designed to help reduce the wait for support and is on top of £70,000 a year we already commit to the project, run on our behalf by the UK charity Action for Children.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and communities Councillor Carol Hart said the funding would help the charity support more young people:

“We know the coronavirus pandemic, and lockdown in particular, is having a major impact on residents and there’s more need than ever for us to help people get through it,”

“There’s a lot of good work being done by this project and by putting in extra funding, we can reduce the wait for help and help more young people when they need it most.”

Every year the project helps around 80 young people affected by the substance misuse of others.

Professionals, including mental health workers, social workers, GPs and others can refer young people into the service.  Children and young people can also refer themselves in.

By providing a safe, confidential space where children and young people can express themselves, Space4U aims to:

  • improve their health and wellbeing and build their self esteem
  • support them to take part in activities, education and development opportunities
  • reduce the impact of the substance misuse of others

Emma Kemp, project co-ordinator at Action for Children who runs the service, said:

“The extra funding is a massive help and will enable us to support more children with the valuable work we do.

“We’ve responded to the change in circumstances with the pandemic and this additional funding allows us to do even more in these uncertain times.”

Councillor Hart, who agreed the extra funding at a meeting of our health and communities cabinet member meeting, added:

“Pressure caused by the pandemic is having an effect on many families and it’s vital we continue to do what we can to support young people in Derbyshire.

“This project is already helping a lot of children and young people and by putting in the extra money, we can support even more impacted by substance misuse.”