Chimo’S MISSION is to IDENTIFY AND SUPPORT innovative approaches to young people’s mental health

We invest in forward-thinking charities that blend the therapeutic benefits of engaging with the arts, nature and sport with psychological and emotional support to help improve the wellbeing and life chances of young people experiencing mental health challenges.

Our aim is to enable a select portfolio of charities to develop their programmes, expand their reach and mature their evidence base.

Our vision is for young people to get the support they urgently need by increasing the availability of impactful and transformative social prescriptions.

Chimo Trust: Reconnecting Young Lives








WHY young people’s
mental health?


The crisis in young people’s mental health is alarming.

The rate of probable mental health disorders among young people in the UK has more than doubled in 5 years.

We don’t need statistics to tell us what we know. There are simply too many young people across the country struggling with their mental health.

Many are unable or unwilling to access traditional NHS mental health services. Many struggle to engage with the services on offer. 

Research shows that unless properly handled at a young age, many of these young people will go on to have life long mental health challenges.

Our objective is restore hope, joy and purpose to these young people’s lives and put them back on the path to a healthy and productive life.


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WHAT ARE SOCIAL INTERVENTIONS?


There is no silver bullet to mental health.

Talking therapies and medication are traditional first lines of support but do not suit everyone.

Most mental health challenges are caused by social and environmental factors. It makes sense that social solutions should play a part in the prescription.

Social prescriptions combine activities such as the arts, sport or nature with pyschological and emotional support.

This approach gives young people the space to explore their emotions while their mind is on other things.

It is therapy that doesn’t feel like therapy.

The NHS has put social prescribing at the heart of its long term plan.


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What we fund


We invest in forward-thinking charities that blend the therapeutic benefits of engaging with the arts, nature and sport with psychological and emotional support to help young people experiencing mental health challenges.

Our aim is to provide sustainable funding to a select portfolio of charities with the ambition and capability to develop their programmes, expand their reach and mature their evidence base.

The purpose of our funding is to encourage and enable our charities to do more.

The social prescribing sector for young people’s mental health is immature and fragmented.

We want to create a community of best practice amongst our portfolio of charities to catalyse the emergence of sector champions.


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CHARITY PARTNERS


We made our first grants to 9 organisations at the beginning of 2023.

Our charity partners support thousands of young people from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of mental health issues.

We prioritise charities that:

  • combine the arts, nature or sport with psychological and emotional support from coaches, mentors, therapists, psychologists and/or peers to help young people struggling with their mental health;

  • can show statistical evidence of the impact they have on the positive mental health of young people;

  • have the ambition and capability to expand the reach of their activities to allow more young people to benefit from their services.

Our next grant giving round will be in early 2024.


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WHO WE ARE


Chimo Trust was established in 2022 to support young people experiencing poor mental health in the UK. 


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CONTACT US


info@chimotrust.org


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Support US


If, like us, you are struck by the crisis in young people’s mental health and want to increase the availability of alternative and more accessible forms of support, please make a donation to support our work.


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The word ‘Chimo’ is believed to mean a special friend for people in need in the language of the Inuit people of Northern Canada

It is said that when the Inuit would greet each other with the word ‘Chimo’ they would simultaneously circle their hearts with their left hands.