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A.C.E. delivers solution focussed interventions to suit the needs of individuals or groups. Our trained and experienced workers use discussions, games, art and craft, drama and role play, to increase resilience and improve emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

This service is currently available for young people aged 11 -25 in the Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth, Kirkham and Fleetwood and takes place in schools, GP surgeries and community settings.

We are seeking fund to extend the service to other areas and to children and adults.

Young people referred to the service are offered either individual support or group work to tackle the causes of poor emotional health and wellbeing and are encouraged to set goals to overcome them and build resiliance.

Our services include the following

Peer Support Groups 

The Peer Support Group supports young people to improve their social and emotional skills, by focusing on different capabilities of social and emotional health. The participants build on existing and develop new skills and abilities, change attitudes and motivation.
They learn to support each other within the group and extend this to other young people outside the group. Young people that have taken part identify increased confidence and self esteem, better relationships with friends and families, reduced use of alcohol or drugs, reduced self harming behaviours and increased resilience.

Giving Young People with poor emotional/mental Health a Voice

We gain the views of the young people we work with on a variety of mental health issues. We also:

  • Deliver peer research projects working with a group of young people to plan deliver and
  • analyse a consultation /research project around young people and mental health. Deliver workshops devised by young people for adults. Currently our workshops are: “working with emotionally vulnerable young people” “young people, mental health and stigma”
  • Our Health Action Groups provide young people with an opportunity to come together to share their ideas to improve health services and health education for young people.
  • Young people are trained to represent their peers in decision making and delivering solutions.
  • We train young people to become Emotional Health Peer Coaches
  • We support young people to access other services.

Who we work with.


A.C.E. predominately works with young people aged 11 –25 that:


Need Support with their emotional health and wellbeing

  • Do not reach the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) criteria for referral.
  • Are waiting for specialist mental health intervention and need current support
  • Have completed specialist intervention but need short term additional support

A.C.E. works with young people that are suffering from anxiety or stress, are or have been bullied, are having difficulty coping with their emotions, have been involved in a domestic, violent situation,
have difficult family situations, have friendship difficulties, have relationship difficulties, have low mood or have low self esteem or confidence. 

A.C.E. also works with parents/carers and families to improve emotional health where appropriate.

Individual Support


Individual support uses a variety of solution focused methods to encourage the young person or adult to identify and tackle the causes of poor emotional health and wellbeing and set goals to overcome them and build resilience.

The current support available includes Active Listening techniques using art, drama or games; Life coaching; Counselling and Integrated Eye Movement Therapy.

Young people identify being listened to and challenged to think differently. It is not only a pleasant experience but motivates them to change things in their attitude and behaviour which improves their well being and builds resilience.

Why we do it

Positive emotional health and wellbeing supports general health and achievement in life. Evidence shows that focusing on supporting emotional and social development can have a positive long term impact. We have evidence that our work makes a positive difference to the lives of the young people we work with by:

  • Improving emotional health and wellbeing
  • Improving Low Mood
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Improving confidence
  • Building resilience
  • Improving relationships
  • Enabling them to better manage their emotions
  • Enabling them to better manage their behaviour
  • Reduce Anxiety

This results in better school attendance and achievement, better support network and more friends, improved family relationships, a reduction or ceasing of self harming behaviours and a more active lifestyle and community involvement

How we do it

We are:

  • Non-judgemental
  • Supportive
  • Accessible
  • Qualified and experienced
  • Committed to putting children, young people and families at the heart of our work
  • Fully safeguarding compliant



  • Active listening
  • Coaching skills
  • Group work skills
  • Solution focused goal setting

Our Directors

Sally Temple

Operations Director & Volunteer

David Tyson

Chair of Directors

Paul Callis

PR & Marketing Director

John Heath

Finance Volunteer

Our Admin Staff

Lucy Reynolds

Charity Co-ordinator/Emotional Health Practitioner

Beverley Walker


Our Staff & Volunteer Workers

Rehanna Hassan

Emotional Health Practitioner

Julia Efstathiou

Emotional Health Practitioner

Glyn Fowler

Emotional Health Practitioner

Sarah Emslie

Volunteer Emotional Health Practitioner

Jackie Connaughton

Emotional Health Practitioner

Anna Peri

Emotional Health Practitioner

Julianne Dougherty

Emotional Health Practitioner

Kit Cooper

Volunteer Emotional Health Practitioner

Cath Corless

Emotional Health Practitioner

You can view more details about the background and experience of our Staff, Volunteers and Directors on the Team Members Page here


As a small charity we are always looking for new Trustees to get involved and support our work. We are currently looking for volunteers with the following skills: strategic business planning, financial management, marketing, ICT/social media, fundraising/bid writing and administration.

We are also always looking for volunteer fundraisers and people to help deliver the service. Please visit our volunteer information page here for more details

Please feel free to contact us using the form here to find out more about how you can get involved.


“The group stopped me from getting
excluded from school. It made me think about my behaviour and why I was
behaving that way. It made me think about what I wanted and gave me
skills and support to change. It helped that the workers believed in me
and encouraged me, even when things went wrong.”

Young Person 1

“I didn’t believe that what we are
doing could make a difference in the school but now I can actually see
that it has and I feel so proud”

Young Person 2

“I have made a new friend and I am being trustworthy and trusting her. It feels really good.”

Young Person 3

“Having someone I can talk to and getting support from the rest of the group has made my life worth living again.”

Young Person 4

“When I feel like I’m carrying the
world, the A.C.E Worker takes it off. I look forward to seeing her every
week, it’s the highlight of my week”.

Young Person 5

“I don’t feel as stressed and angry with my family. It makes me feel happy”

Young Person 6

“I saw Jamie getting bullied in the
dining room the other day. Normally I would have just walked past but I
stood up for him because now I know it is not his fault he is in the
bottom sets and how much it hurts him to be called names. Doing it made
me feel better about myself and not as depressed as I have been”

Young Person 7

“It’s like having my son back. He actually talks to me and is interested in things again.”


“The peer support has turned Robert around from nearly being expelled to achieving in lessons”

School Teacher

“Kate is now attending school, and gets support and is supporting other members of the group”.


“There are queues of students
waiting outside my door wanting to join peer support because they have
seen what a difference it makes to their friends”


Does President Trump Know

Does President Trump Know? That very few people with mental illness are violent. In fact people with mental illness are ten times more likely to be bullied or physically attacked than the average person. A.C.E. is a locally charity that works with young people with poor emotional health or mental illness. None of the young …

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ACE Night Out (Our next fundraising event)

Achieve, Change and Engagement works with 11-19-year olds in schools, GP surgeries and community venues in Lancaster, Morecambe, Fylde and Wyre. We offer confidential, one to one, solution focused talk therapy for young people who are being bullied, suffering from anxiety or depression or have poor emotional health. We have an “Ace Night Out” on …

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Our last fund raising event Clothing and Handbag Swap

Despite terrible weather on the night many people braved the elements to attend the Clothing and Handbag Swap event in aid of A.C.E. There was a good and varied selection of clothes and handbags available as you can see from the photographs here. Thank you to all those who came to support the charity.  


A-C-E staff take part in Variety Show for Mental Health.

Some staff from ace took part in a choir as part of an awareness raising show at Lancasters Grand theatre last Sunday. The show was a great success , raising thousands for local charities.          


New Team Members

A.C.E would like to welcome three new team members who have joined us recently to work with our young people.   Tammy Tunstall who has joined us as an Emotional Health Practitioner Jackie Connaughton who is also an Emotional Health Practitioner and Janet Rush- Morgan who has joined us as a volunteer.  (Picture and Bio …

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A Big Thank You

This is a big thank you to all those people who attended the Masquerade Ball at the end of May and to all the people/organisations who donated to us as well. The final result is that we raised £4949.00 altogether. Once again thanks to everybody who helped, donated and attended. Special thanks go to Sally …

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After the Ball

Well the ACE Masquerade Ball took place last night at The Ashton Hall Lancaster and was enjoyed by everyone who attended.The evening began with a short film about ACE with introductions by Sally Temple and our Young Persons Director Sophie Rowicki. This was followed by the starter and main course of the set meal. After …

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Promoting positive mental health in our children and Young People event.

Below is a report of the above event from our Young Persons Director Sophie Rowicki who attended. On Thursday 2 March I attended an event to launch local early intervention and emotional health and wellbeing pathways with two other young people called Alex and Natalia. This event was filled with a variety of different types …

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ACE Interview on Beyond Radio

Our team were on Beyond Radio (our local independent  radio station in Lancaster and Morecambe) last week promoting our upcoming charity ball. Have a listen to the podcast here and find out more about A-C-E  !!  


Paypal now accepted for Donations & to buy Masquerade Ball Tickets

Good news We are now able to accept Paypal payments both for Donations and to purchase tickets for the Masquerade Ball on 31st March. To purchase tickets for the ball go to our Masquerade Ball page here   To make a donation via Paypal please visit our Donations Page here where you will find ways …

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Thank you to all our Funders


Office Address


The Cornerstone, Sulyard St, Lancaster, LA1 1PX

Referrals and Confidential matters

e-mail: confidential@a-c-e.org.uk

Sally Temple

Tel: 07717316883 or 07468600903

Office Address

The Cornerstone
Sulyard St

Registered Company Number: 7848785

Registered Charity Number: 1147278

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