The group has received £2,000 of grant funding from our Stronger Communities Fund to continue their specialised support for young people with specific needs across Manchester.
Great Minds Together is a not for profit organisation that aims to deliver better outcomes for children and young people, particularly those with social, emotional and mental health needs and/or special educational needs and disabilities.
They applied for funding to support the ongoing provision of FICS (Families in Crisis Support) which is practical and emotional support for families in need. They allocate either a mentor (or more than one) to a family as well as a Family wraparound coordinator that can signpost to other agencies and carry out Early Help Assessments. This includes support with and for services, attending appointments and/or meetings with or on behalf of the family, support in the home, liaising with housing, schools and supplying items where needed. The Great Minds model by its own definition is a multiagency, working together model with a multidisciplinary team. It holistically assesses, evaluates and then implements a bespoke, hands on model of support for families, schools and services in order to ensure better outcomes for children and young people with SEND and/or SEMH needs whilst also identifying other creative, successful and positive models and sharing this good practice with others.
Emma Mander, Director of GMT, said this about the grant:
“We are so grateful to We Love Mcr for the grant funding they have awarded us over the course of this pandemic. It has enabled us to support so many families that are in need. Our referrals are at the highest level they have ever been, and we could not function without the support of organisations like We Love Mcr. Their funding has enabled us to provide much needed practical support to families, and in some cases just the basics such as heating and food. Thank you so much for everything you do. The Great Minds Team.”
The funding will go towards specialist resource access for 20 families, travel expenses for volunteers, resources and materials for delivering their Growth Mindset Workbook Programme, rent and costs associated with accessing training rooms, and DBS checks for 30 volunteers.
They currently work with more than 600 families, and referrals are currently at the highest rate they have ever been, with an average of 6-15 referrals per day.
With mental health needs increasing at an alarming rate even prior to social distancing measures being implemented, and many more families and young people increasingly affected by living in isolation, these are some of the most vulnerable young people in the country.
We LOVE Great Minds Together, and the hope and support they give to Manchester kids and parents! Find out more about them on their website greatmindstogether.co.uk on their Facebook: facebook.com/greatmindstogether their Twitter: twitter.com/greatmindsmcr and their Instagram: instagram.com/greatmindstogether