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Virtual Mental Wealth Hub

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What is the Virtual Mental Wealth Hub?

It is intended that the Hub will evolve to reflect changing needs in Trafford and is timely during the current Covid 19 pandemic.
The hub is a collaboration between stakeholders in Trafford to provide a single point of access which will link and signpost to information, advice and guidance relating to anxiety and mental health needs in Trafford.

The information is intended for schools, families and young people, but professionals should also find useful resources here.

If you cannot find links, advice or guidance around a particular issue relating to mental health and anxiety, please e-mail and we will do our best to include it.

Find out more about the background and scope of the Virtual Mental Wealth Hub toolkit.


Who is involved?

Stakeholders involved include Advocacy and Engagement Team, CAMHS, Children’s Health, Commissioners and commissioned services, Communications and Marketing, Early Help, Early Years’ Service, Education Psychology Service, Education of Vulnerable Children Service, Health, First Response, Manchester United Foundation, Director of Trafford Parents Forum,  Public Health, Schools, School Improvement Officers, School Nursing, Schools Medical Officer, Social Care, SEN Advisory Service, Street Talk Trafford Alternative Education Provision Centre, Youth Engagement Service and many more.

We have 4 working groups: Families, Schools, Medical and Communications and Pathways. If you interested in supporting one of the groups, please e-mail for more information.

Some stakeholders have contributed to a video which outlines some of the offers in Trafford, and allows the opportunity for contributors to highlight some of their favourite resources.

Many people have contributed to the Hub so far, and we hope to welcome many more during the next academic year as it is so important to hear as many voices as possible in order to shape support to meet the needs in Trafford.

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Trafford Core Services

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Sub Group

Hannah Gaffney

GMHSC website – Mental Health and Wellbeing section

Educational Psychology

Steph Littleton

facebook link Educational Psychology

Trafford Graduated Approach

Behaviour and Attendance

Alistair Black

Trafford Education Service

Resource: Yale University Mood Meter

Elective Home Education

Michael McLaughlin

Elective Home Education

Public Health Directory: “What works in schools and colleges to increase physical activity”

Special Educational Needs Advisory Service (SENAS)

Gill Wilson


SENAS Different ways of working during Covid 19

SARF Referral Form

Trafford Directory Coronavirus resources

SENAS; resource for Early Years Settings

Virtual School

Lynsey Burridge

Trafford Virtual School

facebook link TraffordVirtualSchool

twitter link @TraffordVS

Trafford School Nurses

Helen McNulty

  Young Minds - Get Urgent Help

  Young Minds - Crisis Messenger


facebook link Trafford School Nurses

twitter link  TraffSchNurses

instagram link  Trafford School Nursing


Steph Jamieson


Anna Freud Centre

Thrive Model

Children's Rights

Mark Bailey  

My Voice Trafford

Early Help

Colette Haggis

Trafford Directory – Early Help

Trafford First Response


Sam Bell

Phone: 0161 912 2453


facebook link  Talkshop

 instagram link  Talkshop


Trafford Commissioned Services

Introducing Commissioned Services

Claire Ball

GMI Thrive Hub

Coaching Inside and Out

Mandy Dennison

Coaching Inside and Out

Salford Foundation

Chris Hill

Trafford Proud Trust

Hebe Phillips

The Proud Trust

Early Break

Rhyse Cathcart

07894 683 682

Training Enquiries:

Jacqui Selby

07894 619 519

To refer or request leaflets:

0161 723 3880

Trafford Sunrise

Trafford Sunrise


42nd Street

James Walklate

  42nd Street Website

Online Support

  Phone:  0161 228 7321   

facebook link @42ndStreetmcr

 instagram link  The Horsfall 42nd Street

Trafford Young Carers

Jules Kennedy


  Phone:  0161 848 2400   

facebook link @Traffordcarers

twitter link  @Traffordcarers


Trafford Voluntary and Community Services

Trafford Parents Forum

Justine Bailey

Trafford Parents Forum

facebook link TraffordParentForum

twitter link @TraffordParentForum


Virtual Mental Wealth Hub Toolkit

We recognise that there will be an expected increase in the number of young people who will have anxiety about returning to school and that this may impact on school attendance, engagement , outcomes and referrals to services and agencies. School staff have been under considerable pressure and their well-being is also a priority.

Schools and families should work together, using the Graduated Approach for Social, Emotional and Mental Health and working with Working with professionals supporting mental health and well-being around the Thrive model to address changes in children’s emotions, habits, self-esteem, mood, relationships and friendships, energy levels, online habits &  self – isolation at an early stage.

Where children are struggling with emotions, behaviour and relationships, we believe that, in most cases, they will achieve the best outcomes where this is addressed early, and with the support of families, schools and their peers. Only in the most exceptional cases, is the situation improved when apart from their peers.

Education, Health, Social Care, CAMHS and commissioners are working together in Trafford to try to make signposting and accessing support less complicated. The Family Information Service is hosting the Virtual Mental Wealth Hub Toolkit and video which aims to capture the wealth of resources available into a one-stop shop. The VMWH also links to professionals who can support children, schools and families.

Some of these services will be free, some will have a cost. Some will be commissioned and quality assured, others will be there for you to make your own choices about. There is also a link to the Greater Manchester Mental Health Hub where all resources are Quality Assured.

Child's Perspective

Supporting the Emotional Wellbeing Needs of Children and Young People in Trafford as a Result of COVID-19.  

It is normal for a child or young person to feel worried or anxious when returning to education.  These worries and anxieties may manifest themselves in a variety of verbal and non-verbal ways. 

Potential Universal and Common Needs

This is a set of common worries and anxieties that children or young people may have, how a setting can respond to them, along with clinically reviewed resources. 

It should not be presumed that any of the identified needs will exist, for many children and young people a return to education settings is eagerly anticipated.  It should also be noted that the following content is not an exhaustive list of mental health or emotional wellbeing needs that have arisen as a result of COVID-19. 


Additional Considerations

Some children and young people, who weren’t vulnerable prior to education settings closing, may have since become vulnerable, for a variety of reasons. 

It is therefore recommended that settings do not assume a child or young person’s status when they return to education. 

It is also here acknowledged that some children and young people have been able to continue attending education and receive support because of their pre-existing vulnerabilities. However, the prevalence and severity of several vulnerabilities may have increased due to COVID-19. 

For many of the following groups education settings will already have policies and strategies in place for supporting them and these should form the foundation for the response to the needs.


Staff Wellbeing 

Many members of staff from education settings have continued to work throughout the Coronavirus restrictions.  Like the children and young people they care for they too may be experiencing loss, abuse, burn-out or other difficulties. 


Schools Perspective

On the road to recovery: A well-being toolkit for schools in Trafford