Published on: 5th September 2022
Children and young people will continue to be able to access counselling support for grief and loss, following an agreed partnership with Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) and the Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss.
LPFT will assume temporary financial support and oversight of the children and young people counselling service at the Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss (LCGL) from September, when the current grant agreement between Lincolnshire County Council and the centre comes to a natural end.
LPFT has been working closely with Lincolnshire County Council to agree a temporary way forward whilst a wider review of emotional wellbeing and mental health support available for children and young people in the county takes place.
LCGL is a charity that provides specific, confidential counselling support for children and young people aged 7 to 19, who are experiencing the unmanageable symptoms of grief and loss following a significant life event, such as the separation of their parents or the death of a loved one. They also provide a service for adults which is sponsored by the Lincolnshire Co-operative.
Amy Butler, Head of Service for Children and Young People Services at LPFT said: “We recognise the importance of grief and loss support for children and young people in Lincolnshire and we’re pleased to be able to continue to make this support available, which complements the mental health services we already provide for children and young people.
“We will be providing interim funding to continue the service whilst we work alongside LCC to review the wider emotional wellbeing and mental health support available for children and young people in the county and how services may be delivered in the future. This will help us ensure we are using all available resources in the most effective way to meet the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of our local children and young people.”
A spokesperson for the Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss added: “The support the centre provides children and adults in Lincolnshire is critical to the wellbeing of the community.
“We’re so pleased to be able to continue offering counselling services to children and young people thanks to this continued funding.”
For more information about LCGL please visit www.lcgl.org.uk.