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9th Feb 2016

Adviza has this week launched an appeal for support to save a vital youth counselling service in Buckinghamshire, TIME TO TALK BUCKS.

A youth counselling service has been running in the county for decades but on February 18th a local authority decision looks set to withdraw £270,000.00 of funding, which will effectively bring the service to a halt by September this year.

This comes at a time when mental health is a major and growing concern among young people and for families and schools. We currently support more than 2,000 11 to 24 year olds across Buckinghamshire each year, providing more than 500 hours of counselling each month.

The service is dealing with issues such as suicidal thoughts, self-harm, anger and rape. Programme Manager Mel Williams describes it as literally “life-saving” and is devastated at the prospect of turning young people away.

This week, February 8th to 14th is Children’s Mental Health Week 2016 which makes it a particularly good time to appeal to people across the region to help rally to keep the Bucks service alive.  

Reach out

We are appealing to people to reach out to anyone they know within the local authority and government (MPs, councillors, staff) and to their local community to make them aware of the current risk. Help us try to reverse the potential decision to withdraw funding. 

We will be running a series of updates on Twitter throughout the week using the hashtag #TimeToTalkBucks as well as on Facebook.

Please support us online too – share your views (use the hashtag and mention @adviza_charity on Twitter) and look us up on Facebook to let us know that you’re also concerned.

Any questions: please talk to Mel Williams on 07525 814725
Or email melaniewilliams@adviza.org.uk

 

Time to Talk Bucks is a not-for-profit initiative managed by Adviza as a joint venture with the Youth Enquiry Service (YES) in High Wycombe and Way In, Chesham.

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