Build Together – The Breckland Youth Mental Health Project

Cup-O-T: Wellness and Therapy Services had been commissioned by Breckland Council and Breckland Youth Advisory Board to deliver support for young people who are on mental health waiting lists, and their families. The project runs October2021-September 2022 and will work with 50 families in that time.

We will be running the Build Together workshops in the 5 Breckland market towns. We are currently creating an online version of the workshops for those who cannot travel to the workshop locations. In addition to this you will be able to have sessions with our mental health professionals and peer support workers over the 4 months of the programme.

We accept referrals from all organisations that work with young people and/or families.

We are now also accepting self-referrals from Breckland families.

The workshop dates are:
Dereham (Tuesday evenings: 21st June, 19th July, 23rd August, 20th September),
Thetford (Tuesday evenings: 7th June, 5th July, 9th August, 6th September)
Watton (Saturday mornings: 18th June, 9th July, 20th August, 17th September)

What does the Build Together programme provide?

The Build Together programme provides 4 months of support for each family. In that time there will be 4 skills workshops, 1-2-1 support sessions and peer support drop ins.


4 activity based workshops that will take place after school on an evening or at the weekend. We are not a fan of sitting down, listening to a slideshow and being given handout sheets! The 4 workshops will be practical and focus on building skills together as a family to manage day-to-day while your young person is waiting for mental health services and intervention. The four sessions are:

  • Listening (and really hearing)
  • Learning (about yourself and others)
  • Understanding (without judging)
  • Supporting (with what actually helps)

The workshops will start with us all together, before separating into two groups – young people and parents/carers – to build our skills. We will all come back together to enjoy a shared meal – e.g pizza.

We are also creating an online version of the workshops for those unable to attend in person.

1-2-1 support

Each family will meet online with one of our Occupational Therapists at the beginning, middle and end of the programme. We will identify with you what your family would like to get from the programme, the current difficulties you are experiencing and set achievable goals with you for where you would like to build your skills. We are then able to tailor the programme to your specific needs as a family.

Peer Support

Peer Support Workers are people with their own lived experience and training to be able to use this experience to support other people. Our Youth and Parent/Carer Peer Support Workers will host drop in sessions where you can have a chat and share experiences, they will also be creating helpful resources such as blogs, app / website reviews, worksheets and much more.

Who are the facilitators?

Meet our team who will be running the programme:

Catherine Gray – CEO and Lead Therapist at Cup-O-T.

Catherine is an Occupational Therapist and EMDR Therapist. She loves cats, Harry Potter, the outdoors, bushcraft, foraging and wild swimming.

Catherine will be facilitating the Build Together workshops as well as the 1-2-1 support sessions.

Amber Watson – Occupational Therapist

Amber is an Occupational Therapist. She loves crochet, rock music, Harry Potter and cheese.

Amber will be facilitating the Build Together workshops as well as the 1-2-1 support sessions.

Louise – Parent / Carer Peer Support Worker

How and who to refer?

Who can refer?

We accept referrals from any organisation that works with young people and / or families, including, but not limited to:

  • Mental health organisations (Statutory and non-statutory/3rd Sector organisations)
  • GP surgeries
  • Schools
  • Community and Third Sector Youth Support Groups
  • Help Hubs, Social Prescribers, Councils, Social Services, Just One Number etc

We now accept self referrals.

Referral criteria:

  • The young person is aged 11-18 (or up to 25 for those who have a disability);
  • The young person lives in the Breckland area;
  • The young person is currently on a waiting list for mental health services; OR is awaiting treatment from mental health services;
  • OR is not attending school / at risk of not attending school due to their mental health;
  • The young person AND their parents/carers are willing to attend the workshops, 1-2-1 sessions and peer drop in sessions.

We are currently accepting referrals for all families who live in Breckland.

We will run workshops in: Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham, Thetford and Dereham throughout 2022. We are also developing an online version of the workshops.

How to refer:

Please complete this online referral form