About Be You
Northumberland has been chosen by The Department of Education and NHS England to receive Trailblazer funding to help improve children’s and young people’s health through Be You programme’s range of services, delivered by teams working together in schools, health and social care, and the voluntary sector.
Cygnus Support is one of the voluntary sector partners in the Be You Northumberland programme and Amanda Sayers is the Co-ordinator here at Cygnus working with parents and carers of children and young people offering a choice of emotional health and wellbeing support.
Amanda is supporting parents and carers to help them manage their own wellbeing whilst also empowering and upskilling them to support the emotional wellbeing of their children. Cygnus’ approach is centred around each person’s need and can offer a number of different ways to help. This could include one-to-one support, peer groups and workshops or providing practical resources to help parents build a toolkit, which they feel confident using both for themselves and their children. Cygnus can also help by signposting people to other services so that parents and carers are getting the most appropriate help and support. This could be any of the other services or teams within Cygnus, the Be You partners, other services in Northumberland or any other national services that could help. Cygnus’ services fit in with the ‘coping’ part of the Thrive Model as shown below. This model is used by commissioners as a way forward for delivering children and young people’s emotional health needs.
Cygnus also has an online therapy tool called SilverCloud that both young people and adults can access. SilverCloud programmes are available for young people (from around 15 years old) to help with anxiety, for students (aged 18 years and over) to help with a range of wellbeing issues, and for parents and care givers to support an anxious child (aged 4 to 11 years) or an anxious teen (aged 12 to 18 years). SilverCloud involves working through different sections (called modules), completing and practicing activities, and is done with support from staff at Cygnus.
Get In Touch
So far in Northumberland trailblazers has been piloted in the Blyth and Hexham area and from February 2022 is being implemented in Ashington and Bedlington as part of the Be You programme’s wave 3 roll out. You can find out more about Be You Northumberland and access a range of helpful resources through the Be You Padlet.
If you, as a parent or carer, feel like you or your family are struggling emotionally and could do with some help, please reach out as a first step and contact us, by telephoning or texting Amanda at Cygnus 07377 265036. You can email Amanda at email@example.com or complete the contact form below.
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