Virtual Mental Wealth Hub

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What is the Virtual Mental Wealth Hub?

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 other 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.

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Find out more about: 

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 linkEducational 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

SENAS Different ways of working during Covid 19

SARF Referral Form

Coronavirus Resources on the Trafford Directory and the SEND Local Offer.

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 CAMHS

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

Salford Foundation

Chris Hill

The 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

Trafford Sunrise are temporarily closed for new referrals


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 SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

Carole Thistlethwaite

SENDIASS helpline 0161 912 3150 (Weekdays 9am-12pm)


facebook link @TraffordSENDIASS  twitter link  @TraffordSENDIAS

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 also 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.

There is also the Emotionally Based School Non-Attendance (EBSNA) Early Identification of Needs Tool (EINT). It is hoped that the EINT will help prevent families, children and young people reaching crisis point and before EBSNA becomes extremely difficult to change.

Professionals supporting mental health and well-being around the Thrive model can help address changes in children’s emotions, habits, self-esteem, mood, relationships and friendships, energy levels, online habits and 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 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 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 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. 

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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.

Link to Resources

Schools Perspective

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

Looking back and planning ahead toolkit - Mentally Healthy Schools

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. 

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Last updated: 18/01/2022

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