Nature inspired name revealed
Following consultation with young people including residents at York’s Mill Lodge and Leeds’ Little Woodhouse Hall, and our Youth Board members, the theme of nature emerged as positive and favoured by many. So we can finally reveal that the name of the unit will be - Red Kite View.
The Kite is a bird that is well-established in West Yorkshire, and it can also be something fun that you fly in the sky. The name lends itself well to further naming of the two wards at the unit, as well as a theme for the internal artwork, so Board members felt this name would appeal to young people across different ages.
Improvements planned to unit layout
An application is being made to Leeds City Council to modify the layout of the new unit. This is based on our learning from the impact of Covid-19 and will allow for enhanced infection prevention controls and social distancing within the building.
The changes involve moving the education rooms to the first floor, and increasing the size of staff areas, including changing and rest rooms.
Steel signing as frame completed
Representatives of the CAMHS service, local community, service users, NHS and builders signed their names and added messages of support and hope to the steel frame of the new West Yorkshire CAMHS unit. The steel signing marked completion of the building's structure, another major milestone in the building work. Find out more and see photos of the event here
Leeds West MP, Rachel Reeves, has also visited the site and signed a steel pillar. You can read more here
June 10, 2020
Steel structure going up
The first crane has arrived on site at Armley and has started to hoist the steel beams of the new regional CAMHS Unit into place.
April 29, 2020
Foundations for West Yorkshire CAMHS Unit started
Foundations for the new £14.5 million West Yorkshire CAMHS (West Yorkshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) unit are underway in Leeds. Site preparations began in January, and a start has now been made on the building itself.
February 27, 2020
Work has started on the new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Unit and is expected to continue until the building opens in September 2021.
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Leeds City Council has granted planning permission for a new mental health inpatient unit for young people in West Yorkshire.
The new unit will be built on the St Mary’s Hospital site in Armley, Leeds, providing 22 inpatient beds and much needed improvements and facilities for children and young people across West Yorkshire. This will include a range of spacious therapeutic areas - including a multi-purpose activity room, educational facilities, a family visiting room, courtyards and a green communal space for service users and staff. There will also be a health-based place of safety in the unit, where a young person who is thought to be in urgent need of care will receive a mental health assessment to ensure they get the most appropriate support.