Youth Support Services

Build Sound Minds

From 2019 the Federation will delivering in partnership with Action for Children a county-wide support service for young people aged between 16 and 17 years who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

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Bridging the Gap Project

The Federation has provided a young peoples support service in the High Peak/North Dales since September 2014.  It is funded by The Tudor Trust until August 2018.

The project was developed due to the growing demand from younger adults accessing our services, and the realisation that many had accessed services as children, but lost touch with mental health services during the transition to adulthood.

The current service operates from the Buxton office, and provides free support services to young people aged between 15 and 25 years who are experiencing mental health difficulties. The project primarily offers One-to One (face to face) support and Drop-ins.

The objective of our client -led service is to assist young people who want to make positive changes to their wellbeing, offering support with day to day issues, whilst providing the opportunity to develop skills to manage emotions. Working in collaboration with the young person, the support aims to enable an individual to empower themselves and maintain independence, whilst addressing the young person’s unmet needs and aspirations.


The service is accessible to any young person aged between 15-25, living in the High Peak or North Derbyshire Dales areas of Derbyshire. Referrals are accepted from professionals of both statutory and voluntary sector organisations.  Carer and self- referrals are also accepted.

The service:

A Young Person’s One-to-One or Drop-in session usually has a weekly allocated time of between 30 minutes and 1 hour. The duration of support is typically fixed at 6 sessions, followed by a review. Support duration may be amended based upon individual circumstances. Bridging the Gap is a flexible service – support can be accessed at the young person’s home or school, at the Federation’s office, or elsewhere in the community, e.g cafe or park.

A support action plan is agreed at the outset, and is reviewed during the 6th Support session to ensure the support remains relevant to the young person’s needs. This allows for the service to be extended, if necessary. Each visit is documented by the Youth Support Worker (YSW).

Towards the end of the service period, the Youth Support Worker begins to discuss withdrawal of the service and assists with seeking alternative avenues of support if required e.g. Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), groups, local activities, a referral into other services (statutory/voluntary), sources of Self-Help (e.g. websites, forums, online support networks).

For further information regarding the service please contact our Buxton office on 01298 212602 and ask to speak to the Youth Services Manager.