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Local employment programme to boost young people’s mental health

Innovating Minds CIC, a local mental health social enterprise has joined a £2.8million partnership to offer young people across Coventry and Warwickshire access to tailor-made psychological support.

The Progress partnership works with some of the most marginalised NEET (not in education, employment or training) 15-24-year-olds across Coventry and Warwickshire. It is a part of Building Better Opportunities, a programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund to help unemployed people overcome barriers to work and employment.

The organisation, which provides bespoke early interventions including cognitive behaviour therapy and behaviour activation therapy, will offer psychological interventions to young people whose mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety disorders, cause a barrier to education, training and employment.

Innovating Minds CIC joins a wealth of experienced and knowledgeable partners who are already delivering the Progress programme, made up of charities and youth organisations and led by community charity, Groundwork UK.

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork UK said: "It’s vital that young people – especially those who face the biggest barriers in life – have the right care and guidance around them to help promote a positive mental health outlook.

"Rightly so, youth mental health is a key issue that many health organisations and charities are tackling head on. We are pleased to welcome Innovating Minds CIC to the Progress partnership to help ensure that all young people enrolled on the programme have access to any mental health and wellbeing support they should need."

Dr Asha Patel, CEO, Clinical Psychologist of Innovating Minds said: "We are honoured to be a part of this partnership as this let's us to provided specialist psychological support so young people with emotional and mental health difficulties can achieve their dreams."

For more information about the Progress partnership, visit



Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact Stacey Aplin, PR and Communications Officer at Groundwork UK – or call 0121 - 237 – 5815.

  • 'Progress' is a tailored programme of coaching support and bespoke activities to NEET and at risk of NEET young people aged between 15 and 24, enabling them to access training and employment opportunities.
  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. In 2016/17 it awarded £712.7 million and supported more than 13,814 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes. Since June 2004 it has awarded £8.5 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • The project has received up £2.81million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit