Mayor reaches out to children with mental health problems

Eastbourne’s Mayor Councillor Steve Wallis has awarded £500 from his Kick-Out Covid Fund for counselling and support to help children suffering with mental health problems.

Eastbourne Mayor Steve Wallis

The grant has been made to Holding Space, a not-for-profit community organisation that provides mental health support to parents, carers, children and families.

This is the third project to benefit from the Mayor’s Kick-Out Covid Fund which was set up in April to help the local fight back against coronavirus.

Hansa Raja-Jones, founder of Holding Space, said: “The pandemic has increased levels of fear, anxiety and depression for people of all ages, with some children finding the changes to everyday life particularly difficult to handle.

“It’s important that we help each other through these trying times, and we are reaching out to children and families to offer them counselling and support in a safe space.

“I’m very grateful to the Mayor for helping to make a positive difference to the lives of children who are finding it hard to cope right now.”

Holding Space, providing mental health support to parents, carers, children and families.

Other initiatives launched by Holding Space during the Covid-19 crisis include free online counselling for parents and families, distributing wellbeing packages and hosting walk and talk sessions as a friendly way for people to chat and connect.

Mayor Wallis, said: “Holding Space does fantastic work supporting people with mental health problems, providing a non-judgemental place where they can open up to others.

“We must not overlook the effect of Covid-19 has had on children and I am pleased to extend help through Holding Space to those young people who are struggling.”

To make a donation to the Mayor’s Kick-Out Covid Fund please visit

Further information on Holding Space can be found at

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