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CHUMS – Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service for children and young people was founded 25 years ago this year. CHUMS is a social enterprise, which provides therapeutic support through a unique service delivery model to ensure that children and young people are able to access a service that supports their individual needs.

CHUMS Services

CHUMS currently delivers nine services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Kent & Medway, although not all services are available in all regions.

Supporting children and young people is at the heart of everything CHUMS does, and they are passionate about supporting as many children and young people as we can.

The aim is that services support the family as a whole wherever possible as sometimes everyone in the family needs support, not just the child who has been referred.

All our group workshops support parent/carers as well as their children. Some of our current service delivery is also directly accessible to adults.

The chart below aims to give a quick overview of the services available, where they are available and who can access them.

Please click on any of the service names to take a closer look at that service. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our staff on 01525 863924 or you can email and your email will be directed to the relevant staff member.


Some of the important work undertaken by CHUMS to support young people and families is funded via the NHS.

However, five of our core services are reliant on CHUMS Charity to raise money through fundraising – an without your support, these services could not be delivered effectively.  Click here to find out how you can help!

The five services supported directly by CHUMS Charity are:

The Trauma Service

The Bedfordshire Suicide Bereavement Service (BSBS)

The Recreational Therapeutic Service

The Babyloss Bereavement Service

The Disability Friendship Scheme in Luton

Services Ages   Luton   Bedfordshire  
Bereavement  – supports children and young people and their parent/carers in a variety of ways, when someone close to them has died 3-18
Emotional Wellbeing – supports children and young people with a mild to moderate mental health difficulty by offering short term individual interventions and group work 0-18
Trauma – supports children and young people who have been traumatically bereaved and where accessible offers support to young people who have been sexually abused, witnessed domestic violence or witnessed another traumatic event 5-18
Traumatic bereavement only
Recreational Therapeutic Service  provides alternative, less traditional therapeutic support to children and young people through mediums such as music and football. Aimed at those with mild difficulties around challenging behaviours and/or anxiety, low self-esteem and low confidence. 8-14 Available to schools Available to schools
Bedfordshire Suicide Bereavement – offers support following a death by suicide.  This service offers practical and emotional support immediately after a death as well as ongoing group support All Ages
Young Carers – supports children & young people who undertake practical and caring tasks within their families.  Support is offered individually, in groups and with social activities 5-25
Babyloss Service – individual and couples support, ongoing group support and annual memory day and remembrance service Adults & Families
Friendship Scheme – Friday evening social group for young people with disabilities with some activity days during the holidays 13-25
Family Wellbeing Team – early intervention support for children and young people and their parent/carers when there is an emerging mental health difficulty 5-18