A charity in Crewe has received more than £40,000 in funding support for a project tackling mental health among young people.

Cheshire Without Abuse, which was established 40 years ago, supports families affected by domestic abuse.

The charity applied for grant funding from Cheshire Community Foundation as part of its Young Minds Matter programme, which was launched on World Mental Health Day last year.

The programme is specifically aimed at helping young people affected by mental health issues.

Cheshire Community Foundation connects the people who want to give back with the most effective grass-roots charities and not-for-profit organisations across Cheshire and Warrington.

The funding will pay for a specialist worker with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the development of dedicated ASD resources around domestic abuse and relationships, and the costs of group work.

Cheshire Without Abuse wants to expand the work they do with children and young people to better meet the needs of those with ASD, and aims to do this by adapting the existing programmes on offer.

The charity provides tailored support around recovery, working with those experiencing family domestic abuse or behavioural changes.

Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “We are really pleased to be able to support Cheshire Without Abuse through 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.

“Cheshire Without Abuse is such a vital charity for Cheshire families affected by domestic abuse and we look forward to working with them.”

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

NOTES TO EDITORS