Established in 2011 as a social enterprise, Worth-it were initially funded by local grants and Children in Need to develop and deliver early intervention programmes for young people. Collaborating with young people and listening to challenges they faced enabled us to create and deliver engaging interventions that meet their needs, resulting in many positive outcomes that contribute to the prevention of mental health problems.
We have now successfully worked with over 1000 children and young people through our early intervention programmes and packages of support.
Developing our unique approach led us to providing training and development opportunities to the children and young people’s workforce. We have created a range of training and coaching options for practitioners to develop skills to support children and young people in our unique approach to early intervention and prevention.
We have now trained 1900 practitioners to support children and young people to develop resilience, emotional health and mental wellbeing.
We have worked with over 150 schools, providing targeted interventions for children and young people, staff training and coaching within schools.
Our approach has now evolved into working within the whole school system. We have developed and delivered a ground breaking whole school approach to mental health. We have delivered this programme with 25 primary and secondary schools, positively impacting on all staff and pupil’s mental health and wellbeing.
The resulting impact of our workforce development and whole school programme has meant our approach to early intervention has positively impacted over 40,000 children and young people in the last 3 years.
Reducing Mental Health Problems
All our young people’s programmes are monitored for their effectiveness using qualitative and quantitative methods. Average depression and anxiety measures are 40% and 39% lower respectively following our interventions (using the common diagnostic scales DASS21, PHQ-9 and GAD-7). Measurements using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) show average reductions in emotional symptoms by 28%, conduct problems by 29%, peer problems by 19% and hyperactivity by 20%. The benefits of our programmes as perceived by young people are wide and varied however common gains include increased self-awareness, positive thinking and confidence.
We operate on a results-focused basis and regularly publish reports on our social impact. Our courses and trainings are shaped by the young people themselves, and we regularly conduct focus groups to ensure our content is relevant and applicable for our target audience. In addition, we’ve previously won Unltd’s Big Venture Challenge Award and ranked number one for the sector of Education and Youth on the SE100 social enterprise index 2014-15.