Individual Support works with young people to address issues they are facing. The support ensures they are being listened to and taken seriously with clear identification of individual needs, how issues can be positively addressed and find a way forward.
We have seen the demand for Individual Support increase and young people's needs are becoming more complex with regards to their mental wellbeing. The support is an early intervention strategy to prevent young people’s problems from escalating; locally school counsellors and CAMHS have increasingly long waiting lists. Young people we work with are facing huge issues including child poverty; 48% of the area we work in is in the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland (SIMD 2020).
Youth workers will work on a case-by-case basis to ensure the support is tailored to the individual’s needs. We use tools from programmes such as 'Let's Introduce Anxiety Management' (LIAM) and Trauma Informed Practice to offer the support that is most appropriate for the young people we are working with. We help young people to devise strategies to deal with issues, including; coping strategies, anger management strategies, relaxation techniques, and recognising their strengths and assets.