Compass Buzz

Compass BUZZ is an innovative project which works with the whole school workforce and other key partners in schools across North Yorkshire to increase the skills, confidence and competence of staff dealing with emotional and mental health concerns. 


The Future in Mind report, published in 2015, set out the national ambition for children and young people’s mental health services for 2020.


Compass BUZZ is jointly commissioned by the five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that cover North Yorkshire:

  • Hambleton, Richmondshire & Whitby CCG
  • Harrogate & Rural District CCG
  • Scarborough & Ryedale CCG
  • Vale of York CCG
  • Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven CCG

The aim of the project is to develop a ‘whole school approach’ with the priority placed on improving the resilience and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.  As a result of the project’s wraparound support, school staff will feel empowered to tackle stigma and effectively respond to children and young people’s emotional and mental health needs. This will prevent problems escalating through to specialist services and enable them to be happy and healthy young people with brighter futures.

Tiered Training

Highly skilled and committed Wellbeing Workers will deliver a free rolling programme of tiered training to local schools and other key professionals, promoting a range of early help and prevention strategies as part of a wider integrated multi-agency approach.

Training will be delivered at host venues across districts. 

Level 1 – Prevention and promotion:

Compass BUZZ offers level 1 –prevention and promotion training which aims to impact the whole school workforce with information, advice and tools on the following:

  • Mental Health and Stigma
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Promoting Wellbeing
  • Promoting a Whole School Approach to Mental Health

As a result of our Level 1 training we hope to provide educational establishments with:

  • A greater understanding of how mental health and wellbeing affects children and young people
  • Confidence to recognise and reduce stigma
  • The ability to promote wellbeing
  • Awareness of risk and protective factors and how the resilience framework can be used with children and young people
  • The opportunity to develop a whole school approach to promote mental health and wellbeing

Level 2 – Early identification of need:

This training is for staff who have received our level 1-Prevention and Promotion training. We ask schools to select specific members of staff who will be able to assess need and deliver interventions for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health concerns.

Our level 2 training will offer the following:

  • A deeper understanding of emotions
  • Knowledge of common mental health disorders
  • Tips for dealing with mental health concerns
  • Information on our BUZZ US service

As a result of our Level 2 training we hope to provide professionals with:

  • Awareness of how all emotions are healthy and needed
  • An understanding of common Mental Health Disorders
  • Knowledge of behaviours that may present as a result of a mental health problem
  • Practical advice on what you can do to support someone feel more comfortable to speak about a mental health problem
  • Awareness of how to signpost the BUZZ US service

Level 3 – Early help and intervention:

For staff who have received our Level 2 training and will be delivering intervention within their educational establishment.

Our level 3 training will offer the following:

  • Information on how to make a basic assessment
  • Knowledge of therapeutic skills
  • Awareness of three evidence based approaches
  • Advice on how schools/college’s can help support their pupils
  • Information on how Compass BUZZ can help
  • Knowledge of other North Yorkshire services

Through our Level 3 training we will provide professionals with:

  • An understanding of how to make a basic assessment

  • The ability to plan interventions

  • The confidence and skills to deliver evidence based interventions

  • The understanding of north Yorkshire service that can help support and how to refer into these

Level 4 – Training & Worskhop:

Compass BUZZ are delighted to announce that we will be hosting three limited senior leader workshops, with a focus on building a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. We are thrilled to have been awarded  funding by Health Education England (HEE) to enhance our already  innovative approach to transforming school mental health and wellbeing. 

The half day training and planning workshop has been developed to enable senior leaders(SLs) ie Heads/Deputy/Assistants/Governor to cultivate a sustainable whole school approach to pupil/student metal health in their school; these workshops will be offered during January and February 2019 in locations across North Yorkshire.

The Level 4 training and workshop will:

  • Provide an opportunity for SLs to share learning with each other; their knowledge, skills, values and experience, including perception of barriers and proposed solutions to systemic challenges
  • Help you to embed approaches and implement systems to enable your workforce to identify and respond to pupil/family mental wellbeing needs and support their own resilience
  • Support you in identifying key roles and responsibilities
  • Promote wellbeing awareness at individual/population level
  • Provide top tips to promote mental health and wellbeing
  • Assist you to embed a whole school approach

Topics covered in the training and workshop will include:

  • Introduction of the academic resilience framework (risk and protective factors)
  • Why good mental health is important to society
  • What works to promote mental health
  • Understanding your own mental health
  • Links between physical and mental health
  • How to create healthy environments
  • Strategies for tackling stigma 
  • How to communicate about mental health
  • The whole school approach

Places are limited so please contact at your earliest convenience in order to secure your place, alternatively you can ring the Compass BUZZ administrator on 01609 777662 (or by emailing


Date 2019                        District                                                     Venue

22 January                       Hambleton and Richmondshire                Romanby Golf Club

30 January                       Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale                Downe Arms Hotel

6 February                       Craven, Harrogate, Selby                         Harrogate Pavilions


One-To-One and Group Work Interventions

Wellbeing workers will co-deliver one-to-one and group work interventions to children and young people using a mix of evidenced based interventions. Wellbeing workers will work alongside school staff to ensure a solution focused approach to develop ‘here and now’ practical skills and tools, alongside cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and guided self-help; tailoring interventions to the age/developmental needs/emotional health literacy of CYP.

One-to-one interventions: Co-facilitate a limited number of brief interventions for children and young people presenting with mild to moderate emotional health issues.

Group interventions: will be structured and time limited dependent upon the needs of the individuals/group (up to 6 CYP).

Examples of group interventions to support mild to moderate emotional health difficulties include:

  • Managing low mood
  • Emotional regulation
  • Anxiety and stress

A more creative approach will be used for primary aged children focusing on character building/self esteem and a focus on motivational skills/self awareness/managing relationships for secondary aged YP.


BUZZ US is our new confidential text messaging service for young people aged 11-18. The service allows young people the opportunity to message a wellbeing worker for support, signposting, information or advice around mental health and wellbeing. Some of the main reasons young people text BUZZ US are around: anxiety, bullying, self harm, eating problems, self esteem and stress.

If you think that this service would benefit a young person you know, you can recommend they text 07520 631168. A wellbeing worker is on duty Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9-4.30pm (excluding bank holidays). Outside of these hours, a bounce back text will be sent, signposting young people to emergency services and CAMHS crisis if they need immediate support in the meantime. We aim to reply to all messages within one working day and it must be reminded that this service is not for young people in crisis.


Project Opening Hours

The project is available 37 hours per week, operating mainly during the working week, Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm, with evening and weekend working based on identified need.

Contact Details

Compass BUZZ Main Office:

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC)

County Hall

1 Racecourse Lane




Telephone: 01609 777662

Freephone: 0800 008 7452


Service Manager:

Lisa Gale


Telephone: 01609 777662


Team Leader:

Emma Tymon


Telephone: 01609 777662 

Freephone: 0800 008 7452


Charity No. 518048 / Registered in England No.  2054594

Registered Office: Compass, 2nd Floor, Kensington House, Westminster Place, York Business Park, York ,YO26 6RW

01904 636374