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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 purpose and work of this group was designed by young people in 2008 and there is now evidence to show it positively impacts on young people that have experienced it.
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 have or are being bullied, are self-harming, have been involved in domestic violence situations, have chaotic family lives, have suffered from bereavement, have parent/s who have mental health conditions or abuse drugs or alcohol, have poor social skills often resulting in inability to make or keep friends, and those that have been abused.

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 is Neuro Linguistic Programming, Life coaching, Counselling, Integrated Eye Movement Therapy and Active Listening techniques using art, drama or games.
Participants identify being listened to and challenged to think differently is not only a pleasant experience but motivates them to change things in their attitude and behaviour that improved 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
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Improving confidence
  • Building resilience
  • Improving relationships
  • Enabling them to better manage their emotions
  • Enabling them to better manage their behaviour

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


  • Active listening
  • Neuro- Linguistic Programming (techniques to help individuals change how they think, behave and feel)
  • Coaching skills
  • Group work skills
  • Solution focused goal setting

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