REDDITCH'S MP has praised the work of a community group's brand-new project which aims to boost the confidence of children who have mental health difficulties.

During a recent visit to Redditch Youth and Community Enterprise (RYCE), MP Rachel Maclean found out about the group's new Bond Enrich Nurture Support (BENS) project.

Back in October RYCE were awarded £49,304 from the People’s Health Trust to fund the two-year project which will provide weekly peer support sessions for children who have communication and mental health services.

Kelly Ordish is the brains behind the project.

BENS, unlike other peer support groups, gets the children to be responsible for making decisions and planning the sessions so they can make the experience their own.

It’s hoped that the various activities, from music and singing, to peer to peer support and communication games, will help children build their confidence.

Ray Groves, Chairman of RYCE, praised Kelly and said the project was of vital importance.

Mrs Maclean said: “I’m a big supporter of everything RYCE does for young people in our town.

“It was inspiring to hear from Kelly to find out more about her project and how she’s determined to improve the lives of children who have communication and mental health difficulties.”