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i-Rock award nomination

Recognition for innovative programme in East Sussex which supports young people with their emotional and mental well-being. i-Rock, a unique project which supports young people in Hastings and Rother has been shortlisted for a prestigious award which recognises innovations and successes in healthcare.

The HSJ Awards is a national awards ceremony celebrating the NHS and outstanding services in healthcare, and the i-Rock project in Hastings has been nominated for the Innovation in Mental Health Award. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

i-Rock is a drop-in centre for young people aged 14-25, where they are able to come and seek support for a number of things including mental health, wellbeing, housing, employment and education. Since opening in July 2016, the service has seen over 370 young people, 35% of whom said that they would not have accessed other services had i-Rock not been there for them.

Viki Ashby, Youth Services Project Manager said: “We at i-Rock are very
excited to be nominated and shortlisted for an HSJ award, which recognises not only the exciting partnership work being undertaken to support local young people, but also the innovative approach to supporting young peoples’ wellbeing needs at an early stage.

“One of the many positives of the i-Rock service is that the centre is completely drop-in. Young people are not required to be referred to the service by a doctor or medical professional; they are able to come and get advice and support straight away.”

i-Rock is open between 10am and 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and is based out of Rock House, 49-51 Cambridge Road in Hastings.

i-Rock is a partnership service led by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation
Trust, East Sussex County Council and Hastings & Rother CCG. The project
works closely with a wide range of third sector providers including Princes Trust, Education Futures Trust, Youth Employability Service and
Counselling Plus.

Posted 12:34 Monday, Oct 9, 2017 In: Health Matters

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