Three charities in Cheshire are to receive almost £50,000 in funding support for a project tackling mental health among young people.

Just Drop In, Cre8 and Wilmslow Youth have joined forces to create a project called G8way, which will reach over 300 young people and encourages them to seek help and advice.

The project covers staff and volunteer development, digital help and the provision of free one-to-one counselling.

The charities are receiving the funding as part of the Young Minds Matter programme, which was launched on World Mental Health Day last year.

Young Minds Matter is the brainchild of Cheshire Community Foundation (CCF). CCF connects the people who want to give back with the most effective grass-roots charities and not-for-profit organisations across Cheshire and Warrington.

Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “We are really pleased to be working with three such a deserving charities as part of our Young Minds Matter programme.

“We received a lot of applications from local charities who work on projects relating to improving the mental health of young people across Cheshire and faced a very tough task in whittling the numbers down.

“G8way is such an important project for young people in Cheshire and we look forward to working with Just Drop In, Cre8 and Wilmslow Youth.”

Macclesfield-based Just Drop In is a charity established to benefit the young people of Macclesfield and its surrounding areas. Staff and volunteers strive to help young people find their feet by providing a one-stop shop, offering a range of person-centred services including counselling, information and support and life skills projects.

Cre8 – also based in Macclesfield – is a youth and community programme operating in Macclesfield’s Moss Estate. It has grown from humble beginnings to be a pillar of the neighbourhood and now employs a number of full and part time staff, as well as volunteers, running a variety of projects and two businesses.

Finally, Wilmslow Youth – a project led by Life Church and Wilmslow URC – works to offer opportunities, support, and care to young people in Wilmslow. Its aim is to shape positive youth culture and help young people in the area to achieve their aspirations.

The project will be assessed at the end of the first year with further funding potentially available via the Young Minds Matter programme.