Number of children and young people IiC have impacted 20,000

UTASS Mental Health Awareness Week case study

Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services UTASS has found a number of ways to support and entertain children and young people during the coronavirus restrictions.

Online closed Facebook Group

During the pandemic the team have set up a NEW Facebook closed group for children and young people who may need support or would like to chat with a youth worker and hold regular online drop in sessions.

Challenge Packs

Challenge Packs have been developed for families to take part in lots of FUN activities, such as a quiz and challenges to get the whole family involved. Click on the image below to take a look for yourself.

Cook your own tea at home

Due to Covid-19, UTASS has adapted and is offering a free fortnightly service where a recipe bag including locally sourced ingredients is delivered to a safe, pre-arranged location so members can create a meal at home with their families. The COOK YOUR OWN TEA AT HOME offer has been a great hit with the children and young people. One of the sessions involved making margherita pizza.

The Cook your Own Tea at Home project has been funded and supported by Teesdale Area Action Partnership, NHS County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group, BBC Children in Need, UTASS and some local businesses, who support UTASS' value.

Over 50 participants have chosen to receive the service, which will initially run for the next 12 weeks, also deilvering the Birthday Surpirse on route. The team are currently travelling over 60 miles on their delivery route across Upper Teesdale.

To find out more about Cook Your Own Tea @ Home or to have a conversation about how you could get involved with the UTASS Youth Team, email or

Birthday Surprise

Birthday Surprise was introduced on the back of one of the families having a Birthday during the lockdown and not being able to see their family or friends and celebrate in the way they are accustomed to. The team contacted a local café and asked if they could help out making cakes. They also created a Birthday card and provided some Happy Birthday free passes for the Drop In, to be used when they re-open.

The feedback has been great – it has put a smile on the children and young people’s faces and their families have also been able to share their surprise.

For details how you can help and support UTASS please email the youth team on or, call 01833-641010

To find out more about UTASS visit, email OR you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter

Sign up to our newsletter