Award-winning voluntary organisation, The Sleep Charity, has secured funding to support teen sleep both in South Yorkshire and across the UK.
The organisation has received funding from the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, thanks to the Department of Health and Social Care, to set up an online national Teen Sleep support hub and resources aimed at teenagers, not parents, to address poor sleep and mental health. The 12-month project is being championed by three youth panel steering groups aged 13 to 19 across the country.
The Sleep Charity has also received funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund and thanks to the Government, to help provide professionals in South Yorkshire with training and resources to support young people whose sleep has been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vicki Dawson, CEO of The Sleep Charity said :
“We are absolutely delighted to receive support from the National Lottery Community Fund and Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (administered by the charity, Mind, in partnership with the Mental Health Consortia) so that young people can get the advice and help they need regarding their sleep. Up to 40% of children and young people will experience a sleep problem at some point in their childhood. These problems are typically persistent and do not resolve themselves without intervention.
“We’ve seen an increase in sleep issues in children and young people due to COVID-19 and lack of sleep ultimately has a knock-on effect on daytime behaviour – including concentration, productivity and irritability – and also family life. Funding for this area is going to really help and support a generally hard-to-reach audience.
“With the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund project, we want to provide information that empowers teen to look after their own sleep and provide practical strategies they can use that will also impact on their mental health. The youth panels are advising us on this project and supporting us with valuable feedback around the kind of online tools they would find useful, where they currently look for advice and what the barriers are for getting a good night’s sleep.
“In South Yorkshire, we are working with a multi-disciplinary steering group of organisations who work with young people in the area to determine the training needs of the professionals and the resources required for teens.”
To find out more please visit www.thesleepcharity.org.uk
Established in 2012, The Sleep Charity supports 30,000 families a year – through its team of trained practitioners and volunteers – with its behavioural approach to sleep issues. It has contracts with local NHS clinical commissioning groups and has also won a host of accolades including the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, FSI Small Charity, Big Impact Award and the GSK Impact Award and Third Sector Award.