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Brook’s small grants programme

Supporting charities who specialise in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

We believe there is an intrinsic link between positive mental health, positive sexual health and healthy relationships.

Through our 2021/22 Small Grants Programme we have distributed £50,000 to six small/medium sized charities who are all working tirelessly to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. 

These six organisations and projects will work directly with more than 300 marginalised young people under 25 including those from lower income households, those with care experience and those from ethnic minority backgrounds. 


Corner House Youth Project

The Corner House Youth Project is a leading community organisation supporting young people in Stockton-on-Tees.  

The Arlo Allotment Project is a thriving allotment space that has been developed in partnership with local charities, The Corner House Youth Project & Cultivate Tees Valley. The space is ideal for nurture and thrive work to take place with young people, with the aim of improving mental and physical health and wellbeing.  

This session is our favourite morning of the week. The children who attend gain so much from being outdoors, in a safe space-in their own community-where they can relax & feel confident to explore new experiences & develop new skills.

We are incredibly grateful to Brook for providing us with funding to continue this work and allow more children & young people to enjoy our space, to develop their confidence, their emotional literacy & to nurture a love of the outdoors.  

Lucy Bentley, Operations Manager, CHYP 

Greater Manchester Youth Network

GMYN delivers a range of development programmes and drop-in activities to help young people transition to adulthood feeling skilled, supported and positive. 

The GMYN Wellbeing Sessions will help young people with experience of the care system, focussing on building life skills (cooking, budgeting etc) and drop-in activities to allow young people to socialise in a safe setting. 

We’re so excited that the grant will be used to run regular group sessions for Care Experienced Young people in Bury. The aim of the sessions is to improve their health and wellbeing.

Our young people will be given the opportunity to shape the focus and content of the sessions and activities will be designed to address their own personal needs and wishes about their own health and wellbeing.

Liz Gregory, Project Coordinator, GMYN 

Key Changes

Key Changes provides award-winning specialist mental health recovery services, which harness music mentoring to engage young adults (including those from lower-income and/or ethnic minority backgrounds). 

Studio Discovery is a 5-week programme promoting mental health and wellbeing by building key protective factors around young people. 

Music can play a vital role in supporting wellbeing and recovery for young people experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD and other disorders. Our programme helps young people to build a more positive self-identity, and a new way of knowing themselves as an artist.

Studio Discovery helps build valuable transferable skills such as self-expression, critical thinking, creativity,  teamwork/collaboration and technical/vocational skills that are also highly transferable for the future.

Peter Leigh, CEO of Key Changes 


Parker Trust

Parker Trust supports young people to develop their skills, capacity and capability, advance their education and relieve unemployment to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals. 

The Health and Wellbeing project will deliver counselling/therapeutic sessions to help young people manage their emotions post COVID-19. 


Streetwise

Streetwise preserves and provides for the physical and mental health of children and young people aged 11 – 25 years by listening and offering a range of services to help young people make informed choices, overcome difficulties and realise their potential.   

The Sound Identity Project will deliver targeted engagement work with ethnically minoritised young men to explore emotional wellbeing, cultural identity, positive role modelling and informed lifestyle choices. 


The Wish Centre

The Wish Centre provides self-harm, suicide prevention, mental health and child sexual exploitation support for young people aged 11-25 years. 

The Self-Harm Prevention and Recovery project will enable the Wish Centre to expand its service offer to more young people. It will consist of weekly therapy sessions, face to face and digitally in schools with partner hubs, and after school and out of hours. 

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