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Text: 07984 357551
Call: 0118 901 5668
Email: info@no5.org.uk

Text: 07984 357551
Call: 0118 901 5668
Email: info@no5.org.uk

What we do

To provide early intervention services to prevent the development of more serious problems caused by mental or physical ill health or other challenging circumstances, by providing support and advice (in particular, but not exclusively, by providing professional counselling services), to children and young people and their families regardless of difference, background or identity who live, work or study in Reading and the surrounding area.

No5 offers confidential listening to support children and young people and those around them, through our free counselling service for those aged 10-25 in the Reading area.

There are an estimated 16,126 children and young people aged between 10 and 19 living in Reading, with a further 17,775 aged between 20 and 24, making a total of 33,901. Based upon analysis by the Mental Health Foundation it is estimated that:

  • 700 (1 in 10) children aged between 10 and 16 in Reading will suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – equivalent to 3 in every class.
  • 2,400 (8.9%) young people between 16 and 24 will have self-harmed in their lifetime.
  • 620 (2.3%) young people between 16 and 24 will have an obsessive compulsive disorder

We offer a range of services to support children and young people. These include;

  • Our Early Response Project aiming to see individuals within two weeks of them contacting us
  • Time-limited Psychological Wellbeing Project offering up to 3 individual counselling sessions for those wanting fewer sessions
  • Generic counselling offering up to 20 sessions with one of our volunteer counsellors. These usually take place on a weekly basis and last 50 minutes, and you will see the same counsellor each week

To offer flexibility to young people we run sessions from 4-9pm Monday-Friday to avoid clashes with study or work during daytime hours.

We also run an outreach program which includes counselling sessions in local schools, and our Young Ambassador scheme through which we support and train young people to deliver talks, workshops and events directly to their peers.

In 2016/17 we plan to offer two additional projects (dependent on funding);

  • Open-ended Counselling – one-to-one free, confidential counselling delivered by qualified, experienced counsellors, to children and young people aged 10-25 experiencing high needs with complex or specific issues, such as sexual abuse/severe emotional and/or physical abuse
  • Mental Health Trauma Support – one-to-one support delivered by specifically trained, qualified counsellors to children and young people, aged 10-25 and their parents, who have experienced severe traumas from which they need to stabilise before considering counselling

To provide early intervention services to prevent the development of more serious problems caused by mental or physical ill health or other challenging circumstances, by providing support and advice (in particular, but not exclusively, by providing professional counselling services), to children and young people and their families regardless of difference, background or identity who live, work or study in Reading and the surrounding area.

Over 25’s counselling

Although No5 is a service for young people, we understand that sometimes it is helpful for other people involved with them to get support too.

Children & young people

No5 is Reading’s service for young people dedicated to providing free confidential counselling and emotional support to anyone between the ages of 10 and 25.

Info for professionals

We are constantly developing new training and professional development programs to meet the needs of professionals.