Community projects


Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT)

Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner - Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):

Location: Torbay and South Devon – 2022

Status: Open to referrals

We have trainee CBT Therapists, training at Post Graduate level at Exeter University, who work with young people who are experiencing low mood, anxiety and behavioural difficulties as a part of their course. This is a one-to-one intervention with young people and typically lasts for 6 sessions (more details on link below).

Partners – Health Education England, University of Exeter

Status – Closed to Referrals but watch this space for future opportunities/dates.

Referral criteria: Low intensity CBT can be used to treat common mental health difficulties that may respond to early intervention.

  • Children and young people up to the age of 19 years old
  • Low mood
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Simple phobia (but not blood, needle, vomit)
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress management
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Anger
  • Social anxiety
  • Low self esteem
  • Some compulsive disorders

This service is funded by Health Education England and is free to children and young people in Torbay and South Devon. Sessions may be face to face or remote via video chat.

If you wish to access this service, please contact us for details on how to make a referral – you will be sent a short form to complete via email and a practitioner will be in touch shortly after to arrange an assessment.



Status – Closed to Referrals but watch this space for future opportunities/dates.

Project Summary – South West Family Values received funding from Devon Early Help to support parents and children in Teignbridge and South Hams who have experienced domestic abuse.  Families were identified via the Early Help triage process and parents were offered either the Nurture Programme or Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit and children were offered the Children’s Keeping Safe Programme.

The first round of the project was commissioned in March 2020, just prior to the COVID pandemic and national lockdown. The project was initially planned for face-to-face group work but this had to be adapted to meet the changing regulations of the pandemic.

The overall aims for parents and children were to:

  • Improve self-esteem and confidence
  • Understand that they are not responsible for the domestic abuse they experienced
  • Understand and recognise coercive and controlling behaviour
  • Improve relationships in the family and wider community
  • Understand the impact of trauma and for parents to be able to support children’s emotional wellbeing
  • Develop resilience and reduce long term risks of being a victim of abuse
  • Develop positive coping strategies

Partners – Devon Early Help


Wellbeing Service

Status – Closed to Referrals but watch this space for future opportunities/dates.

Project Summary – Torbay wellbeing service is a partnership between 0to19 Torbay, Checkpoint, South West Family Values, Young Devon and Imagine This. In January 2021 representatives from each organisation got together to look at existing wellbeing support for young people across Torbay. The impact of Covid 19 and the various Lockdowns had a significant impact on young people’s mental health, with some partners reporting demand for support doubling at the end of 2020. The partnership came together to look at how we could provide greater choice for young people, to better meet the growing need and as a partnership, evidence the severity of need being experienced by young people in Torbay. The partnership accessed existing and specific Covid response funding to create a range of options including CBT, Counselling and groups which were accessible both in school and community settings across Torbay. An important part of this new service was working together to create promotional materials showing the options available, a single referral route and a joint reporting structure to evidence the wider impact for young people.

Partners – 0-19 Torbay, Young Devon, Checkpoint, Imagine This


From Timid to Tiger

Status – Closed to Referrals but watch this space for future opportunities/dates.

Project Summary – The ‘Timid to Tiger’ programme is a 10-week parent-led programme for the treatment of anxiety in children.  The programme combines cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and behaviour parent training (BPT). CBT is effective in the treatment of anxiety as it challenges the negative beliefs that lead to anxiety and anxious behaviour. BPT, grounded in behavioural and social learning theory, seeks to modify parental behaviours that are thought to cause, or maintain, difficult and anxious behaviour in children.

South West Family Values C.I.C were commissioned to deliver six groups of Timid to Tiger between September 2021 and April 2022. To enable wider engagement, SWFV offered a combination of remote and face-to-face delivery options (two remote groups and four face-to-face groups).  

Partners – 0-19 Torbay


Community Picnic Programme

Status – Closed to Referrals but watch this space for future opportunities/dates.

Partners – Anode, Torbay Council, Public Health Torbay, The Real Junk Food Project, Ilfracombe Food Service

Project Summary – To provide nutritious meals to families living in poverty at a time when they would otherwise go hungry. However, this is also about building communities and making opportunities for children to thrive in a variety of areas. Children were able to access interesting and engaging activities to encourage them to participate and integrate with other children, leading to less isolation and more community support. Families were expected to “muck in” and through this they learnt life long skills for cooking on a budget and working together as a family.

Project Objectives were:
• To prevent children missing out on meals during the summer holidays.
• To provide nutritional food for children and families during a time they would otherwise not regularly receive them.
• To encourage community involvement and reduce isolation among vulnerable families.
• To give families, who are likely to have complex needs, access to professional support during the 6 week break from school.
• To develop a ‘holiday hunger’ model in Torbay that can be duplicated and expanded in future years.
• To provide ideas and inspiration for parents/carers, for nutritious meals on a budget to enable them to become less dependent on food banks by shopping wisely.
• To provide ideas for activities to promote adult/child interaction.
• To provide fun physical activities to tackle childhood obesity.
• To create basic recipes for parents to take away and create at home with children