The area’s first online Discovery College (DisCo) is being launched by ELFT’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) with workshops being delivered from TOKKO.

It is open to anyone up to the age of 18 living in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton and provides courses and workshops shaped in partnership with young people.

The college will provide practical support to help maintain good mental health and learn skills that will help with day-to-day challenges.

All workshops will be delivered by friendly tutors and designed to be informal and engaging and delivered in a safe place such as at TOKKO.

“Being young can be tough at times and we want to make sure a new form of support is there for children and young people who need it,” said Shiblu Miah, the Trust’s CAMHS DisCo lead, who grew up in Luton and is a former pupil at Icknield High School in the town.

“We want it to be accessible, friendly and practical with an ethos of mental health hope and resilience. We are here for any children or young people in the county who need us – you don’t have to be using NHS services to be a DisCo student.”