We and our charity partner Sorted Counselling Services have secured funding to sustain free counselling for young people at the TOKKO youth space, Luton.
The successful funding application was through Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation and its Luton Youth Fund programme.
In addition, we have secured funds from BBC Children in Need enabling us to offer 24 hours of confidential, face-to-face young people counselling each week, including on Saturdays, at TOKKO until the end of March 2018.
We and Sorted Counselling Services have been delivering young people counselling at TOKKO since it opened in June 2013.
“Without further financial support the service was at risk of closure from the end of March this year when funding would have run out,” says Relate Bedfordshire and Luton CEO Angela Foll. “It would have been a tragedy if we’d had to reduce or end the service after spending so long building trust. We’re so grateful to both funders for the confidence they have shown in our services.”
Each week more young people ask for counselling at TOKKO – currently just over 50 are on a waiting list. “Despite increasing hours over the years we have never been able to keep pace with the increasing demand,” says Angela.
Counsellors are experienced relationship experts who help young people talk honestly, openly and in confidence about problems such as parental divorce and separation, new step-parents / siblings, difficulties and conflict in relationships at school, bullying, pregnancy, sexual identity and a host of other issues.
“Many of our young clients tell us they feel happier after they have seen a counsellor and are better able to deal with their problems, whether at school, at home or in their personal life,” says Angela.
More information about Relate’s work with children and young people is here https://relatenorthants.org.uk/learn-more/services/young-people/ along with contact details.