Homeless young people or those at risk of becoming homeless in Luton are being offered additional funded support from this month.
Relate Bedfordshire & Luton has been awarded an extra six months’ funding to continue its ‘mental health clinic for young homeless people at the TOKKO youth space, Luton.
Relate has been providing counselling for young people since TOKKO opened in June 2013 but it was only in November last year that it was able to start a pilot run by a specialist counsellor specifically for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. That funding from Luton Borough Council’s Public Health has now been extended until the end of September this year.
The service is for young people (10 – 25 years) who are experiencing personal, emotional and social difficulties that cause distress. A professionally qualified young person’s counsellor meets with the young person in one-hour, individual and confidential sessions at TOKKO in Gordon Street, Luton.
Young people can refer themselves by calling 01582 544990, or a professional, with the agreement of the young person, can make a referral on their behalf.
The counsellor makes an initial assessment to ensure the service is appropriate then further appointments are coordinated with TOKKO staff.
“Counselling sessions focus on the young person’s relationships and difficulties and through discussion we explore and develop agreed coping strategies,” says Relate Bedfordshire & Luton CEO Angela Foll.
One client says: “I attended this service. I found it easy to open up to someone who is neutral to my situation. It helped me to gain a greater understanding of myself.”
For more information about Relate Bedfordshire & Luton please explore this website.
PRESS CONTACT: Peter Law, Relate Bedfordshire & Luton