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Bridge the Gap, 45 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA

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emotional literacy support

We are an Emotional Literacy based service, helping children to explore and understand their emotions, how they feel in their body, why they might be feeling different emotions, learn different ways of how to respond to different emotions, and putting it into action. 

We are a non-clinical service and operate as a 'Relationship Focused Model'. This means we work to build safe relationships with children and young people, as well as those important to them; working longer-term with a child or young person for the best long-term outcomes.

We want every child to know that they matter, they are loved and they are not alone...

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our mission

We are fighting to change the current statistics around child mental health in the city of Derby by offering a unique relationship focused, holistic, emotional support service in both our, non clinical, emotional health hub and in the community.

You can get involved now to help save and improve the lives of children in Derby City.

We support over 120 children in the city each week, help us to continue this vital work.


  • 1:1 Support for Children

  • Proactive Emotional Education

  • Training for Schools and Health and Social Care

  • Parent & Child Groups

  • Community Events & Support

  • Parent Empowerment Workshops & Private Sessions

  • Consultancy

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For us, Emotional Education means educating children on all aspects of emotions, well-being, and mental health. At Bridge the Gap we specialise in nurturing Emotional Literacy skills, boosting self-esteem, and supporting a growth mindset by using a relationship focused approach.

We provide a range of services for children from birth and we also work with adults. Our team of practitioners can provide one-to-one and group sessions in a safe environment that suits individual needs.


We also have lots of FREE resources available to support you as a parent or a professional.


  • Personalised support designed specifically for YOUR child and family.

  • Helping to understand, accept and to move through difficult emotions and boosting self-esteem.

  • Well-being workshops and sessions for adults.

  • Working through difficult, specific circumstances in a safe space.

Get in touch with us if you have any questions about our service.


Yours and your child's mental health matters and you are not alone. Whether it is a community event or our private service you are very welcome.


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You can self-refer into our private 1:1 service, or schools and G.P's can do it for you. We then arrange a telephone assessment with a member of our team (just with adult referrer) to ensure that we are recommending the right pathway for support. Our practitioners also work with schools who fund us to go and support a child over a 12 + week period. If play or music therapy is deemed to be an appropriate next step then a separate assessment will be made by the therapist.


Assessment calls are £45 and last around 45 minutes. They are a safe, relaxed and informal discussion to help you from the very beginning.


If we know of any funded or free support available we will always inform you and share the details.


We have lots of FREE resources, spend some time exploring the site; why not ask your child to take a look with you as well? Keep checking back, we create new resources every month and don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list as well.

As well as FREE information leaflets, activity sheets, videos on our YouTube channel, and posters, we also have a FREE online course for parents. This course is full of useful information on how to support a child who might be in crisis, really useful to access this proactively as well - just in case.


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free for you

Reports and FREE resources to empower and support, click on the image to access.

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partnered with

Collaborative working is important to us at Bridge the Gap, we want to be able to support parents and signpost to other appropriate services when needed, as well as being able to work together on projects and workshops.

Our partners are all organisations that we have a personal working relationship with, or who sponsor our work in the community. 

Have a browse through the wonderful partners that support the work we do at Bridge the Gap.


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Sunshine Support C.I.C

If you are looking for a webinar by Bridge the Gap then you can find us with the team at Sunshine. Supporting families to get the support they need for their child with additional needs.

Sam's Superheroes

A wonderful charity who help us to support our work with vulnerable children and allow us to utilise the healing of their therapy dogs.

The National Lottery

We have projects currently being funded by The National Lottery

Empower MY Voice

Proud to be associated with this much needed organisation.

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Our Impact

Read our 2022 Impact report.

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