First Choice Labels have been to check out the amazing new facilities at Redcar’s Sacred Heart Secondary Catholic Voluntary Academy, ollowing a donation of £1,600 from the Teesside Philanthropic to their Heart of the Matter support programme.

Heart of the Matter helps children aged 11 to 16 who are suffering from emotional and mental health problems,
helping students work out how to deal with negative thoughts and make positive changes to enable them to lead fulfilled and successful lives after they leave school.

The school has had a significant rise in the number of students experiencing distress, anxiety and self harm-related mental health issues.
The programme also supports children suffering family breakdowns, bereavements, abuse, post-traumatic stress syndrome, eating disorders, depression and anger management issues.

The programme’s Emotional Health Practitioner works with about 60 students, while they also have a team that includes a volunteer therapeutic counsellors and a trainee doctorate counselling psychologist.
Our grant helped Heart of the Matter create a positive space for discussing mental health issues.

Our pictures show Nige Willis of our generous patrons, Redcar-based First Choice Labels taking a look around the facilities, which he was welcomed to by emotional health practitioner
Andrea Linacre and Sacred Heart’s assistant head Michelle Hill, together with students Daisy Fox, Jake Lloyd and Lewis Healey.
They are pictured within the new space, while our third image shows the space how it used to be.
With the Foundation’s logo proudly hanging on the wall, we think it looks a whole lot better. Money well spent!

Thank you to everyone who supports us for helping to make this donation possible.