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#CapeAbility in Schools Fund

Our #CapeAbility in Schools Programme is a group work programme in schools to help children improve their emotional well being and confidence and self-esteem. Please help Welcare to deliver this work by pledging to support us.

Addressing Children's Poor Mental Health

In the last three years the likelihood of a young person having a mental health problem has increased by 50% (The Good Childhood Report 2022, The Children’s Society) and today 5 children in every class are likely to have a mental health problem. The number of children experiencing mental health challenges has increased from 1 in 9 in 2017, to 1 in 6 in 2020 (NHS). It is now more important than ever that the most vulnerable children in society have access to support and appropriate early interventions.

1 in 8

Children are unhappy at school

1 in 9

Children have low well-being

1 in 9

children said they did not cope well with changes because of the Coronavirus pandemic

Children who are referred to our #CapeAbility in Schools programme have experience of:

How are we going to solve the issue?

The #CapeAbility in Schools Programme is a school-based 10-week group work programme to build the emotional health, well-being and resilience of children in school years 3-5 (ages 7-10). It uses characters who display positive mental health characteristics to make the programme fun and engaging.

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Welcare aims to intervene early and address the root causes of the underlying anxiety and harm caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) which can often fuel inter-parental conflict and prevent meaningful change. All Welcare staff are trained to approach conflict through a trauma-informed lens which requires trust, transparency and sensitivity. Welcare staff use a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques, art and craft to explore trauma, group work and role play.

Our #CapeAbility in Schools Programme is fully integrated into the school’s pastoral system and supports aspects of the ‘behaviour and attitudes’ judgement of schools through the OFSTED inspection. Groups take place in school for between 8-10 children over 10 weeks. Through our programme the children will:

Worry Monster, designed by Zain aged 10

This activity helps children discuss & understand their worries.

We measure the impact of our work with children using MyStar – a generic sector tool used to qualitatively assess impact. Welcare aims to achieve a minimum of 80% of children recording an improvement in their:

Read Isabel & Grace’s story to learn more about how we supported them through partnership work with their school.

Superheroes, designed by a group of Year 5s

This activity helps children recognise their strengths & abilities and how they can use them to solve problems positively.

What is the cost?

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Can you help by pledging?


would fund delivery of #CapeAbility in one school for a year


would fund, train and support 0.5 new members of staff to deliver the #CapeAbility In Schools programme


would enable Welcare to recruit one new member of staff to deliver the programme for one year

Click here to download our full #CapeAbility in Schools Funding Proposal

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For more information or to discuss a donation or pledge, please contact Anna Khan, CEO on 07967 093 644 or email her

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In place of giving gifts this year, please donate to our Families in Crisis campaign. All donations will directly go towards tackling the increasing cost of living for the families we work with. Your financial donation will allow our staff to provide the right kind of support to the children and families we work with, and help them access essential items that they need.