Following the selection of mental health as the cause of choice for the Aspect national award this year, Aspect has chosen The Place2Be as the charity to receive the annual £100,000 award.
The Place2Be is committed to supporting and rehabilitating troubled, unhappy children in schools. They focus on children in 128 primary schools nationwide, providing a caring and sensitive place where the children can express their feelings through creative work and play.
Children come to The Place2Be for a variety of reasons from parental bereavement, drug and alcohol related problems, domestic violence, bullying, deprivation and neglect. Such experiences can result in anti-social behaviour, low self-esteem or difficult peer relationships leading to social exclusion – in fact 90% of young offenders have had mental health problems as a child.
The Place2Be believes that intervening early to support a child with mental health problems significantly reduces the prospect of that child developing behavioural problems and effectively being condemned to a life in and out of institutions, benefitting children, families and the wider community.
Aspect is delighted to support such a worthwhile cause in 2009.