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23rd Feb 2016

Adviza has commended Buckinghamshire County Council’s decision to maintain funds for a youth counselling service that was at risk of closure due to cuts. Time to Talk Bucks helps 2,000 young people each year cope with serious mental health issues such as suicidal thoughts and self-harm.

Councillor Zahir Mohammed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, last week succeeded in securing transitional funds from BCC for the Time To Talk programme, with £270,000 for 2016/17.

Mr Mohammed said he was delighted that the council was able to find financial support during the next three years: “This is a valuable community service and it will go a long way to supporting our young people in Buckinghamshire,” he said.

The financial challenges facing the council had made it impossible to fund the programme through its core budget, but officers worked hard to find alternative sources.

“The transitional funding has enabled us to smooth our financial support on a reducing basis until 2019, and we’ll continue to work with Adviza to help them find sustainable income sources,” he said.

Reducing funds over three years

Funds will be reduced year on year and withdrawn completely by 2019.

Katharine Horler, Adviza’s Chief Executive, says charities like Adviza across the country have to invest more and more time and effort into finding alternative income streams.

“It’s a difficult task as we are often up against many others bidding for the same pot of money,” she said.

Her biggest concern is the withdrawal of money from services that are preventative.
“Our charity helps young people who find it difficult to transition from school into further education, training or work, many of whom experience significant mental health issues.”

“All the evidence shows that being engaged in work or learning is a hugely protective factor and avoids the need for more intensive support and intervention further down the line,” she said.

Time to Talk Bucks

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