NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (Leeds) and Leeds City Council have commissioned a new community-based early emotional and mental health support service for children and young people in Leeds, which will be commencing on Monday 1 July 2024.

The contract for this service has been awarded to The Children’s Society, a national charity working to support young people, who have been operating for 140 years and working with the people of Leeds since the 1970’s.

Aims of the service

The new service is called ‘Time for Young People Leeds’. The aim of the new service is to provide early emotional and mental health support to children and young people in Leeds, specifically children and young people who require alternative routes to support outside of school or NHS services.

Who can take part in the service?

This service is aimed at children and young people (including their parents / carers) up to 18 years old and up to age 25 for care leavers and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

What does the service offer?

Time for Young People, Leeds, will offer a range of evidence-based therapeutic services for a range of common mental health difficulties, such as mild to moderate anxiety and depression. This will include weekly wellbeing drop ins, one-to-one structured support, group work, wellbeing resources and information, awareness raising and education, and support for professionals working with young people.

Where is the service located?

From 1 July the main service centre (hub) located at Hillside in Beeston and three local community venues (spokes), based at Pudsey, CATCH (Harehills) and Boston Spa will open for wellbeing ‘drop-ins’ with a phased mobilisation of additional services provision over the next few months. The ‘drop-in’ sessions require no appointment or referral – feel free to visit during the opening times. Please note under 13s will need consent from their parent/carer.

Stay Informed

To read more about the service including more information on the range of support that will be available, including venue opening times and answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) list, please visit the MindMate website.