Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition announced as Charity Times Awards finalist

14 July 2016

It has been announced that the Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Coalition (CYPMH) has been shortlisted for the Cross Sector Partnership of the Year award, part of the Charity Times Awards. Zurich Community Trust has played an integral role in the birth of the Coalition, a group of over 100 leaders in health and policy.

Since its inception the Coalition has pushed children’s mental health up the national agenda and successfully lobbied for the improvement of services. Specifically and despite a recession and public service cuts, the Coalition have successfully influenced government policy, helping to secure an additional funding of £2.4 billion for Child and Adolescent mental Health Services, and encouraged Government to commission a new prevalence survey on children’s mental health.

Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition said: “It is fantastic news that the work of the coalition has been recognised in shortlisting for this award. We have been able to bring together over 100 organisations to jointly lobby and influence Government, both nationally and locally to improve children and young people’s mental health. The coalition and its successes would not have been possible without the ongoing support of our funding partner, the Zurich Community Trust who have a deep understanding of why the coalition matters for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.”

The Charity Times Awards continue to be the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. Now in their 17th year, the awards are run by Charity Times Magazine - the leading title for UK non-profit professionals. This year’s winners will be announced at the Charity Times Awards Gala Dinner & Ceremony on 28 September 2016 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.  The event was attended by over six hundred guests in 2015 and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever.

 

About the Charity Times Awards:

The Charity Times Awards continue to be the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. The awards are free to enter and open to any UK-based registered charity, or international charity with registered UK offices. Now in their 17th year the awards are run by Charity Times Magazine, the leading title for UK non-profit professionals: www.charitytimes.com/awards @CharityTAwards #CharityTimesAwards

About the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMH)

The CYPMH is a coalition of leading organisations from across England, with a growing base of supporters who are passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Through the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, charities come together and speak as one on behalf of children and young people’s mental health. The Coalition was launched in the House of Lords in March 2010 and is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. The Coalition is chaired by Dame Sue Bailey, and vice-chaired by Mick Atkinson from Place2Be, and operate thanks to the generosity of Zurich Community Trust.

About Zurich Community Trust
Zurich Community Trust is a UK registered charity, funded by an annual donation from the Zurich UK businesses and by generous donations from Zurich’s employees, providing an umbrella for all Zurich’s community involvement in the UK. Since its inception in 1973, Zurich Community Trust has donated over £65 million.  Its grant programme addresses key social issues and works to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged people.  Last year, the Trust supported over 800 charities across the UK and overseas, improving the quality of life of over 100,000 disadvantaged people. The Zurich Community Trust also brokers a wide range of volunteering opportunities for UK employees engaging  40% of the Zurich UK workforce in sharing their time and skills with the community each year.  Last year the Trust brokered over 5,500 days of volunteering from Zurich UK employees.