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Supporting Young People to Achieve

Launched in 2006, this project works in partnership with NHS Lothian’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to support young people with experience of mental health difficulties to participate in the DofE. The project is delivered through a community based mentoring scheme for young people. Funding has been secured from the Big Lottery Fund and Children in Need to extend project provision beyond Edinburgh into The Lothians through to 2020. We aim to support and mentor 50 young people per year through their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We provide one to one support, group work activities and tailored expeditions to meet the needs of all young people involved.

Participants are offered opportunities to take part in group activities. Here are some previous projects:

Neigh Bother

Over the summer of 2016, a number of young people attending our Neigh Bother programme. The group volunteered as part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, supporting Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled. Throughout this programme the group learnt how to care for the horses physical and mental health through grooming, poo-picking, and leading them in the paddocks. They also learnt how to ride the horses as a reward. The group have had a great laugh, and enjoyed some parts more than others!!

On Yer Bike

This project took a group of five young men out on the cycle trails of Edinburgh, and will be included as part of the Physical Section of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The group learned how to size bikes, making sure they are safe to ride and bike maintenance.  The group then cycled out to Cramond and braced them for jumps and see-saw work, after which they were exhausted! Other work done includes a visit to the Vat run in South Queensferry, and out on the trails much further afield.

"I'm glad K wants to push on with the award. He seems in a better place emotionally than a year ago"
Clinical Psychologist

Find Out More

CAHMS Case Study, October 2017

Contact: Christine Chesterman, Development Officer: christine.chesterman@fota.org.uk | 0131 467 4753

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