The CHUMS Emotional Wellbeing Service (EWS) is a community-based team providing support to children and young people in Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Luton who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. We aim to help families of children aged 4-18 years old make sense of their difficulties and work with them to provide a psychological toolkit of strategies that can be used in everyday life.

We employ a team of clinicians from a variety of backgrounds such as clinical psychology, family therapy, social work, and counselling, who offer short term support (either in a group or 1:1) using evidence-based programmes.

We carefully consider the needs of young people and their families to ensure that we provide effective support. Sometimes this might be information and guidance in one of our workshops or groups. These are regularly reviewed to ensure we target the most common difficulties that families are facing. 

We also provide 1:1 support for young people who may not be able to engage or be supported in a group.

Current Range of Support Offered

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We work closely with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) teams who support moderate to severe mental health difficulties, to ensure all children and young people are offered assessment and support by the most appropriate service. Additionally, we work closely with many other local agencies and offer a signposting service when we feel support would be advisable from another agency, either at the time of referral or post assessment.

There are a number of downloadable information leaflets on our website in our Download Area. Please refer to this information in the first instance, prior to making a referral, as this will give you self-help strategies to try.