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Making Merseyside Safer

Merseyside Youth Association (MYA), Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS), and ADDvanced Solutions Community Network are pleased to announce an initiative, Funded by Merseyside’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), covering Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens and Halton, aimed at reducing violent crime amongst young people. 

We will engage with young people, who have been affected or involved with violence, and who now need support to help them recover, help them to feel safe, and enable them to make those connections with agencies who can help them.

The offer is made up of mentoring, therapeutic support, coaching and training.


A dedicated Intensive Trauma Informed Mentor will guide young people, creating a personalised pathway programme with them and providing one to one support. Through robust assessment, the Mentors will identify and facilitate access to a toolkit, personal and social development actitivies,  therapeutic services, and specialised therapists.

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The ROAR Response is an evidence-based mental health model that focuses on building resilience. It’s designed to enable primary school staff to support a whole-school approach to developing children’s mental health. Staff will be taught how to identify the main signs and symptoms of a child experiencing mental distress, whilst knowing what can be done in school to support that child.

More information, including how to book onto a ROAR event can be found at:


Youth Connect 5 (YC5)

On completion of the YC5 course,  professionals will be able to equip parents and carers with the skills and understanding they need to enable them and their children to develop resilience and emotional wellbeing.

Outcomes include:

  • Building upon parents’ and carers’ knowledge, empathy, skills and attributes to promote and strengthen children and young people’s resilience and emotional wellbeing
  • Strengthening parents’ and carers’ own levels of resilience
  • Increasing confidence and ability to explore different ways to support their children; and
  • Improve/enhancing relationships parents/carers have with their children.

On completion of both courses, delegates will also have access to a range of useful resources and tools to monitor children’s mental health and offer self-care strategies.

More information, including how to book onto a Youth Connect 5 event can be found at:



Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Awareness Training

Experiencing trauma can have long-lasting health and social consequences. Trauma often results from extreme or prolonged stress in childhood, commonly referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs.

Emerging evidence shows that ACE aware and trauma-informed schools can improve behaviour, learning and attainment and helps to produce happier and resilient children and young people.

The course will build upon a schools understanding of resilience and person-centred approaches and reflect on how they currently foster a nurturing, environment for all children.

This course is also available for non-school based organisations.

Places can be booked here:



As part of this initiative, ADDvanced Solutions Community Network will deliver 1:1 coaching interventions for young people living with a neurodevelopmental condition to help them to better understand themselves, identify their own triggers and impulsive/risk taking behaviours and to develop strategies to support positive behaviour change with a view to keeping themselves safe and managing themselves away from criminal activity/exploitation. 

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Therapeutic support:

Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS) will provide a range of services that will include:

Children and Young People: Therapeutic Support – individual therapy and therapeutic group work programmes

Parental Support: Parent consultation (face-face and telephone), parental support (face-face and telephone), coffee mornings and drop-in services  

Family Support: Family mediation, family support and consultation

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