Action for Children – Changing Lives Team

Dear Parents/Carers,

I would like to introduce myself to you as the Service Co-ordinator of the Changing Lives Mental Health Support Team, (part of action for children).

We are a team of Mental Health Practitioners based within The Bemrose School and work with numerous schools within the Derby City area.

We are an early intervention service that offers short-term, evidence-based interventions (6-8 sessions) to children and young people identified to have mild-moderate signs of anxiety/low mood. For children in secondary schools the sessions will be 1:1. We also offer parent-led sessions for Primary-aged children who have been identified to be struggling with their emotional wellbeing and group sessions for children with low self-esteem, exam stress and friendship worries.

We have just come through unprecedented times and we are finding some young people/families are struggling with their mental health and our service is here to help. If you feel that your child is struggling,  please speak to a member of the pastoral team, or the mental health lead within your school as they can submit a referral on your behalf or alternatively you can self-refer.

We can also support in signposting families to services appropriate to their needs if our service is not appropriate.

Kind regards,  

Hannah Shoreson

Service Coordinator

Changing Lives Derby & Derbyshire

Please click the links below for more information:



Letting go of Worries

Self-Care Tips

Organisations Offering Support

The Blues Programme

Our service runs a programme designed to support students aged 13-16 years. This is called the Blues Programme and focuses on providing tools and understanding to manage the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and low mood.

Click here for a letter which provides further information. 

Please take a look at the website: Helping young people with mental health | The Blues Programme | Action For Children