600 not out! Campaign reaches new milestone

Creative Action Team CIC has the honour of receiving the 600thaward from the Steve Morgan Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund.

The group provides early intervention to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people and are experts in animal assisted therapy.

They were awarded £5,000 by the Steve Morgan Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund in the early stages of the pandemic and have just been awarded an additional £4,000 – the campaign’s 600thaward in total – to help in the recovery and transition stage.

Director Sheli Brown said: “Being the 600thaward feels amazing and it illustrates how many awards the Steve Morgan Foundation has made during Covid-19.”

The Creative Action Team was launched 2013 and quickly forged a reputation for using animal assisted therapy to reach children who weren’t always engaging with mainstream services.

Sheli explained: “We wanted to create a place where young people could interact with animals because the evidence shows it can be beneficial. A number of children we work with have ADHD, autism and anxiety issues. Some have been to other statutory bodies but it hasn’t worked. 

“Good mental health is at the heart of what we do. If a child feels happy and confident they’re going to be more willing to try more things and feel safer in the world.

“We don’t have a one hat fits all approach because everyone is different.”

Based in Crewe the Creative Action Team works across Cheshire and  would normally support 63 children and 10 parents during a 12-week period. However they faced cashflow problems when Covid struck as most of their income came from schools and this work stopped immediately.

After applying to the Steve Morgan Foundation they were awarded an initial £5,000 to allow young people to continue to access their services through online peer support groups and 1:1 virtual sessions, as well as providing a helpline for direct support.

They’re now in the recovery and transition phase and have been awarded a further £4,000 as they start to approach the schools again.

Sheli said: “Some children have thrived during Covid but others have found it a very anxious time. Our work is about accessing the children that most need the extra support. 

“These are unprecedented times and the help of the Steve Morgan Foundation has enabled us to reach those children who need us.”

Latest figures show that the Steve Morgan Foundation has now made 604 awards totalling £5,639,051 across Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire, helping a total of 1,373,867 people in the process.

Jane Harris, director of regional funding at the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “One of the key aims of our Covid-19 Emergency Fund has been making sure vulnerable people have been able to access help during the pandemic and that’s what the Creative Action Team have continued to do. It’s amazing to think we’ve now made more than 600 awards.”

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