Fundraising event: Minds Ahead is proud to have teamed up with Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Fundraising event Minds Ahead and The Children's Hospital Charity

Minds Ahead, a social enterprise organisation which works with schools, colleges and other organisations to provide practical solutions to support the mental health needs of pupils, staff and parents, has teamed up with Sheffield Children’s Hospital to help renovate the mental health crisis room at the hospital. 

"We change pupils’ mental health for the better and support young people's mental health"
Minds Ahead has just entered its fifth year and has led the way on training for staff in schools as part of the Department for Education funded training for mental health leads. It has a range of courses and training available as part of its collaboration with the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett as the co-founder of the Centre for Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. They recently approached the hospital to support their incredible work with caring for young people who are in mental health crisis and those who need inpatient treatment via the Becton Centre. Sheffield Children’s Hospital has a long association with supporting young people’s mental health, being one of the pioneers around CAMHS. 

The fundraising will help transform the STAR Team Room in the Emergency Department at Sheffield Children’s. The designated space is used to complete assessments for young people who attend Sheffield Children’s experiencing mental health challenges. The room is safe and quiet, helping to support patients and their families to feel they can talk openly during difficult times.

Working with Artfelt, the proposed redecoration involves a mural designed to make a more welcoming space, which can be flexible to adapt to both the nature of the assessment and the patient involved. The new design has been carefully considered with both the staff and young patients to ensure the new environment will be tailored to their needs.

Laura Armstrong-Payne, Clinical Nurse Specialist in the STAR team added: “We are really excited about creating a space that feels calm, safe and will help our young people and their families feel as relaxed as they can be in what can be a very stressful time.”

The Minds Ahead team are going to run, swim, walk, bake and anything else in-between to raise money over the next year. 

CEO Dean Johnstone said: 'it is a pleasure and privilege to be able to support this fantastic organisation as it is at the very heart of what we do here at Minds Ahead'.

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 The progress of the team will be chronicled on the Minds Ahead website ( and any donations via Just Giving (Minds Ahead and Sheffield Children’s Hospital). 

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