The new emotional wellbeing service for young people in Wirral

Hatch is the coming together of two leading third sector organisations locally – Open Door Charity and Utopia Project. Building upon over 10 years shared experience, the ambition with Hatch is to rethink the process, shape and content of emotional wellbeing interventions throughout the education sector.

Making modern, creative and progressive therapeutic services available when they are needed, delivered in a way which young people can relate to and understand. Transforming the support process into a journey of optimism, learning and opportunity.

Modern support, in a modern world

for me

What can Hatch be for me?

Hatch is here to make sure that you have emotional wellbeing support available to you, on your terms, when you need it.

Everybody has ups and downs in life and goes through challenging times, it’s a natural part of life, and these things having an effect upon the way we feel is perfectly normal.

But much of the time we aren’t born with the innate ability to cope with these things on our own.

Feelings aren’t always governed by events either, sometimes they can feel like they have come out of nowhere and have begun to have a negative impact on the way that we want to live our lives.

It can be really positive to speak to somebody to learn how and why we feel like we do, help us through them in a way which is not intense, hard, a major effort or a challenge and teach us skills to stay emotionally well now and in the future.

This is Hatch. Basic stuff, but unless you are told you will never know.

for my Child

What can Hatch be for my child?

Hatch represents a brand new partnership between Open Door Charity and Utopia Project, two orgnaisations at the forefront of new, progressive ways of working around mental health over the last 10 years.

They are some of the most respected organisations of their kind in Merseyside and have amassed a wealth of experience in not only the most appropriate ways to work with young people around emotional wellbeing, but also understanding the wider impact of this upon the family, friends or carers around them whose own wellbeing is understandably affected by the situation.

We are keen to work with the wider family not only to make it clear and transparent exactly what our interventions are based on along with the solid evidence base which underpins them and also what they are designed to achieve.

Keeping parents involved in this way not only ensures that everybody is aware of progress being made, but also ensures that families are given capacity to play the crucial part in the support process that they need to.

Also, as part of our approach to ensure that our support is holistic we can also provide free, immediate access to Colours where this will be of benefit, which has been proven to be a very useful resource for parents in this situation. Colours is intended to provide support to adults at all ages at the earliest possible opportunity by focusing on proactive solutions through empowering and building resilience.

The programme is intended to provide learning, opportunities for reflection and enabling individuals to practise new techniques that can be invaluable in everyday life and challenging situations.

The programme lasts for four weeks and incorporates different techniques, including self-care and mindfulness, as well as goal setting and providing knowledge about what’s available and relevant to you within the community. Colours is delivered 1-1 by a mentor for one hour per week. In between each session, you are asked to complete a reflective exercise. This helps you to get the most out of your experience and practise techniques at home.

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Schools are under unprecedented strain and the emotional wellbeing of students is of paramount importance in any thriving school, college or any other educational institution. However this need is unfortunately rarely adequately met with options that are bespoke, driven by young people themselves and available at the point of contact.

Progressive, modern and innovative resources are rare, as is clear choice in avenues of support for young people themselves. Hatch is built on these foundations, beginning with our core offer of Electric Islands and Primal being available on site, within school, or at a site across the ODC Campus such as Bloom Building or Blossom Haus. All designed to engage the disengaged and reach those who would otherwise be reluctant, unwilling or unable to access support for issues across the emotional wellbeing spectrum – depression, anxiety, anger, positive relationships, challenging behaviour, panic attacks or self-harm.

It is perfectly complimentary to traditional statutory led offers and arrangements, working alongside to not only present choice to the individual, but also avoid waiting lists and ease pressures on stretched statutory services. We have ongoing working arrangements across the mental health spectrum such as with Health Services in Schools teams, CAMHS, Barnardo’s Young Carers and Action for Children although we are keen to stress that Hatch is completely independent in design, delivery and management.

For more information on how to arrange a Hatch presence within you school, college or other educational institution please get in touch

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