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Future In Mind

Promote, Protect, and Improve Children & Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing

 Wakefield District has collectively responded to the National Government's call to improve approaches and services for children and young people's mental health and well-being by developing the Future In Mind Wakefield Transformation Plan.

We would like to say thank you to all the VCS groups who have taken part in the Future In Mind consultations to date.

For more information about Future In Mind and the Future In Mind Wakefield Transformation Plan click here


Future In Mind - Third Sector Implementation Group meetings

Voluntary and Community groups in the Wakefield District are invited to continue their involvement by attending  Future In Mind - Third Sector Implementation Group meetings held monthly.

The aim of the meetings are to establish a third sector implementation group; the purpose of which is to agree the terms of reference and participate in devleoping the implementation plan with Ian Holdsworth, Senior Commissioning Manager of Children's Services.

April 6th

May 4th 10.30am to 11.30am

June 8th

Meetings are hosted at the CCG, Wakefield. Please contact for further information.


Future In Mind Menu of Interventions Wakefield District

As part of the Future In Mind Wakefield Transformation Plan a Menu of Interventions for the Wakefield District is currently being developed.

The menu (directory) will be used by professionals working with young people to help them engage with local services who promote and provide positive outcomes for children and young people.

Organisations are invited to contribute by registering  their services on the Menu of Interventions.

More information and a registration form is available to download here



Comic Relief Local Communities Programme
in conjuction with The Community Foundation for Wakefield District

Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK addressing issues of economic and social deprivation, through the Local Communities programme.

The Local Communities programme will run for two years and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 will be available for the Wakefield district.

For more information and how to apply click here

For more information about Comic Relief grants contact Shona Walsh via email ( or telephone 01924239181


Young Lives Poverty Special

In March 1999 Tony Blair said his government would end child poverty in 20 years and half it in 10 years. It's been fifteen years since, so how are we doing?

The Young Lives Poverty Special is a selection of recent reports and articles followed by older information and useful websites to aid further research about child poverty.

To view the report click here


The Young Lives NEET Research and Report has now been published.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Talent Match Research, which was launched late last month at the City Region Talent Match launch

Jenny Dobson, Funding Officer from Big Lottery, has said about this research:

"Through this piece of research Young Lives Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield have given young people across West Yorkshire a voice. Young Lives have set out a hard hitting partnership approach giving young people the opportunity to see themselves as influencers - working with those voluntary groups and local businesses to help address barriers faced by NEET young people across West Yorkshire."

You can download the full report (25 pages) and a summary report (4 pages) by clicking

Young Lives NEET Report Full

Young Lives NEET Report Summary


National Citizen Service - Summer of a Lifetime!

You will be aware that this summer Wakefield Youth Development and Support Service are delivering the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme again. This year our contract has doubled in size and we have the exciting challenge of working with 120 young people during the summer!

NCS is a government funded programme for all year 11's & 12's (16 & 17 year olds). Through a variety of physical, personal and creative challenges, young people learn leadership, communication skills and team work. The programme includes two x 5 day residential experiences and culminates in a social action project, designed and delivered by young peope in their local community.

For more information click the links below to download:

NCS letter to partners

NCS application form

NCS consent form



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