“Counselling made me able to open up and more importantly have an outlet and someone to talk to when things were not alright.”
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
We need your help because C-19 has meant that young people more than ever are struggling with mental health issues. Problems such as self-harm and anxiety were already on the rise before lockdown, particularly among teenagers, with one in eight children and young people estimated to have a mental health condition (1).
Our focus is always on supporting the young people who use our services, their voices and the decisions that they make are at the heart of our work.
WHO WE ARE
The Moving on Project has been supporting young people in Fareham, Gosport and the surrounding areas for over 25 years. We provide a specialist confidential counselling service for 11- 25 year olds as well as group work and other support services. We are a community-based organisation with all counselling sessions provided by fully trained volunteer and paid counsellors. There are currently 12 counsellors offering over 30 sessions, five days a week. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds but we all share a commitment to support young people.
We aim to provide an early intervention service to prevent the development of more serious problems caused by mental or physical ill health or other challenging circumstances, by providing a professional counselling service to young people aged 11-25 years, regardless of difference, background or identity.
We has been experiencing a high demand for our services since the start of lockdown and are now seeing an increase in cases relating to trauma, bereavement and families in conflict. Last year we offered over 1848 counselling appointments to young people. At the end of September, The Moving on Project was delivering an average of 100 support sessions per month. In response to the C-19 pandemic, we have launched telephone and online counselling, in addition to our face to face work.
- Those with pre-existing mental health problems are at higher risk of distress because they’re unable to get the help they urgently need.
- We reach people who have been impacted adversely by the current situation, providing early intervention, reducing waiting times and helping to prevent escalation of poor mental health in later life.
- We focus on building resilience, personal development and creative coping strategies, enabling them to manage through these difficult times.
HOW WE WORK
We provide trained counsellors, many of whom are volunteers, and belong to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or other professional bodies. They work with young people, either face to face, on the phone or via online counselling.
- We offer 6 and sometimes more sessions which includes the initial assessment, each session is 50 minutes long, seeing the same counsellor each week.
- The work that we undertake is delivered both in local schools and colleges, doctor surgeries and at our centre in Fareham.
- As an organisation we value safety, integrity and community. All our staff, trustees and volunteers have DBS checks and safeguarding is at the centre of everything we do
The Moving on Project aims to support young people who are struggling, many of our clients come from deprived and disadvantaged areas, where there are long waiting lists for mental health support. The counselling support that we provide is designed to help our clients find their own solutions and so every session is tailored to the needs of the client and the goals that they hope to achieve.
- The areas that we work in include places that are ranked in the top 20% most deprived in England.
- Up to 38.5% of the students in Gosport's secondary schools are eligible for free school meals.
- Therefore the areas that we work in have a high proportion of deprived and disadvantaged young people.
C-19 has meant that young people more than ever are struggling with mental health issues. A growing number of psychologists, psychiatrists and child health experts believe the needs of the young are being ignored in this pandemic. A study in The Lancet Psychiatry (2)found children's mental health deteriorated most during that period compared with other age groups
Before the pandemic, the 2020 State of Child Health report already highlighted increasing child poverty in working families, worsening mental health, and widening inequalities. (3)
We are also seeing the emergence of new issues in those with no history of mental health problems. Since Lockdown 28% of our clients are reporting suicidal thoughts and self harm. Our goal is to be able to support every young person in our community who want counselling, but who are often facing barriers including the current long waiting lists and financial constraints that mean that they would not be able to afford private counselling.
Young Mind carried out a survey with 2,011 young people with a history of mental health problems between Friday 15th September and Wednesday 30th September, shortly after schools had reopened.(4)
The findings show:
- 40% of respondents said that there was no school counsellor available to support students in their school
- Only 27% had had a one-to-one conversation with a teacher or another member of staff in which they were asked about their wellbeing, by the time they completed the survey.
- Almost a quarter of respondents (23%) said that there was less mental health support in their school than before the pandemic, while only 9% agreed that there was more mental health support.
We reach people who have been impacted adversely by the current situation, providing early intervention, reducing waiting times and preventing escalation of poor mental health in later life. We focus on building resilience, personal development and creative coping strategies, enabling them to manage through these difficult times.
Everyone who donates will receive a certificate of Thanks and access to our Newsletter, which will give you updates on the work that we do.
Our community is at the heart of everything that we do at The Moving on Project. We have worked with many of the the local schools and colleges, providing counselling support and group work, on topics such as resilience, self-esteem and confidence. We also have a close partnership with the GP surgeries in our area, and many of our clients are referred via their doctor. Donations received from the Aviva Community fund would make a huge difference to our charity, as we are a small grass roots based organisation.
We have some brilliant support from our local community, particularly the Trustees who give up their time to help run our organisation. We also have a manager and three part time staff who run the administration, and 12 counsellors who provide our service as well as an external supervisor who monitors safeguarding and ethical matters.
We depend on fundraising to be able to provide a service to the local young people. All our partners and supporters are acknowledged with a Certificate of Thanks and within our newsletters and media posts.
2 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30308 4/fulltext#secestitle140
4 Young minds survey Coronavirus: Impact on young people with mental health needs Survey 3: Autumn 2020 - return to school