A charity in Cheshire East has received almost £50,000 in funding support for a project tackling mental health among young people.

Pure Insight 1628 – a small charity which works alongside young people aged 16 – 28 in Cheshire East who have left or are about to leave statutory care – is to receive the funding for its ‘Insight in Mind’ project, as part of the Young Minds Matter programme.

Young Minds Matter – which was launched on World Mental Health Day last year – 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.

‘Insight in Mind’ aims to equip care leavers and those supporting them to learn helpful self-care skills, by providing flexible, tailored mental health support. The funding received will pay for a specialist psychological wellbeing worker to assist individuals and staff in a variety of ways.

‘Insight in Mind’ will also provide fast track access to a specialist trauma counsellor and develop a blogging site for young people wishing to dispel stigma around mental health and care leavers.

Sarah Sturmey, Founder and CEO of Pure Insight 1628, which has its head office in Stockport, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding from CCF as part of its Young Minds Matter programme.

“As a charity, we work to help those who have likely faced some form of trauma or loss, which can be extremely complex.

“We believe that as a society we aren’t recognising what little support there is for care leavers so this project is vital in working to combat this and focus on a relationship-based approach that gives young people time to build trust before exploring therapeutic interventions.

“We believe that the training will prove to be invaluable to our staff, too, as workers supporting young people facing challenging situations also need to take good care of themselves.”

Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “We are really pleased to be able to help such a deserving charity as Pure Insight 1628 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.

“Insight in Mind is such an important project for young care leavers in Cheshire and we look forward to working with Sarah and her team.”

The project will be assessed at the end of 12 months after which further funding via the Young Minds Matter programme may be available.