Counselling for vulnerable children & young people

by Community Counselling in 

We did it
On 30th October 2018 we successfully raised £5,001 with 22 supporters in 56 days

Help us achieve our goal of providing counselling to 50% more vulnerable children and young people by acquiring a new dedicated client room.

by Community Counselling in

New stretch target

- buy soft furnishings to create a fun and friendly environment for children and young people; 

-help to ensure that the project is sustainable by paying for the space for another 12-months;

- provide EMDR [Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) training for accredited counsellors;

- purchase EMDR kit such as light bars and materials for art/play therapy for children such as sand trays

What we want to achieve with your help

We have an exciting opportunity to increase our capacity to deliver our services to children and young people by 50% by acquiring a new client room at our main hub in Malton, Ryedale. Currently we don't have enough client rooms plus those we have are not child-friendly.

See below an example of our existing client rooms:

We plan to make this a dedicated child-friendly space for our work with children and young people who experience mental health issues, including those who have been the victim of crime such as childhood sexual abuse and domestic abuse.  We want to create a warm, friendly room with dedicated equipment such as a sand tray and craft materials to help clients be able to express themselves with these items if required.

Here's an image of the type of client room that we want to create: 

This is an area where there is a huge demand as the recent report from the Children's Society demonstrates. There is a mental health crisis affecting children and young people which is not being met by the statutory sector.   

Who we are

We provide counselling to vulnerable adults and children living in a rural part of North Yorkshire (Ryedale and Scarborough Borough Districts).  We have built up a strong reputation for achieving excellent outcomes for clients, backed up by the results of monitoring and evaluation, over more than 20 years.  

What we do

We are primarily a brief counselling service for adults, with a wide range of presenting issues. However, we are currently funded by Children in Need to provide counselling to young carers - as well as having a contract with the local Police and Crime Commissioner to provide counselling to victims of crime, including children and young people.  We wish to expand our services for vulnerable children and young people.

About counselling for children and young people

We offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space, in which children and young people can share their problems; find ways to cope with difficult life situations and improve personal relationships.  In addition to talking, they are encouraged to use paint, clay, drawings and other creative media to help express and understand feelings.

Example of a sandtray for creative therapy:

The types of issues that we work with include 

  • anxiety/stress
  • bereavement and loss e.g. family break-ups
  • bullying
  • confidence/self-esteem
  • self-harm
  • social anxiety and problems with relationships
  • trauma/abuse

Outcomes from counselling

As a result of counselling, children and young people are expected to:

- lead healthier and happier lives,

- have better relationships, and

- have better coping strategies and make better lifestyle choices - 

As well as have improved academic attainment and life chances

What children and young people have said about our services

"The counsellor was lovely and listened to all my issues.  She took a real interest in my personal life.  I feel a lot happier after my counselling." 

‘The sessions were brilliant and really gave me an insight into what was happening and why I was feeling how I was. It truly helped me’

‘I would definitely recommend this service to anyone who needs it, because it really helped me move on with my life’.

The type of play materials we could buy with your donation


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

3 of 24 claimed

£25 Reward - Group Membership or 'thank you'

Membership of an eight-week Mindfulness course at our Malton hub, or if you can't attend, a 'thank you' on the 'About our funders' page of our website.

£100 or more

2 of 50 claimed

£100 Reward - feature on Sponsor Art Installation

Your name will feature on a wall installation to be created by a local artist to decorate the new counselling room for children and young people.

£250 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£250 Reward

Your name on an existing client room door.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward - your name on the Client Room door

For a £500 donation, we will put a plaque with your name on the door of our new dedicated client room for children and young people

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1000 Corporate reward - your name on our office

Your name on our office door.

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