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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

Our Vision

Our vision is for a world that does not stigmatise children and young people’s mental health and accepts it as a normal part of human development.

Our vision is for a world that does not stigmatise children and young people’s mental health and accepts it as a normal part of human development.

Who we are

No5 has been supporting children and young people in Reading and the surrounding area since 1971. We are a community- based organisation with all counselling sessions provided by fully trained volunteer counsellors. There are currently 28 counsellors offering over 80 sessions, five days a week. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds but all share a commitment to supporting children and young people.

Formally No5 is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission (No. 1171313).

Our Purpose, Vision, Outcomes and Values have all been developed in consultation with young people.

Values & Outcomes

Values young people tell us are important when using our services:

  • Trust
  • Responsibility
  • Confidentiality
  • Professional
  • Approachable
  • Understanding
  • Respect
  • Inclusivity
  • Equality

Outcomes they believe can be achieved through these values:

  • Wanting to live
  • Seeing a future in yourself
  • Optimistic point of view
  • Self-understanding
  • More positive outlook on life
  • Happiness
  • More trust in yourself
  • Self-acceptance

Our staff

Alyson Brickley

Operations Director

Hello, my name is Alyson Brickley and I’m the Operations Director at No5. I am also a qualified psychotherapist and mum of 3 young people. I’ve been at No5 since January 2012 and feel very passionately about developing services to support young people that are responsive and flexible to their changing needs.

Helen Thompson

Clinical Manager

I joined No5 as Clinical Manager in November 2014 following two years supervising two groups here.  My experiences of working with young people have been gained over the last 14 years, working with young people aged 14 to 25 in schools and colleges as a counsellor.

I also run a private practise at home, providing counselling and supervision and work as a group supervisor with another agency.

Catherine Winchester

Clinical Manager

After qualifying as a psychodynamic counsellor at the University of Reading, I wanted to extend my experience working with young people. This led to me joining No5 as a volunteer counsellor just at the time that Alyson was appointed Operations Manager.  This led to opportunities working in schools for No5 and to further training, most recently at Terapia Institute in London, in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy and counselling supervision.

I joined Helen Thompson as Clinical Manager for No5 in a job-share role in July 2016.  I also run my own private practice.

Mary Matchwick

Office Manager

My name is Mary Matchwick, and I have been the volunteer Office Manager for No5 for the last 3 years.  I came to No5 following my redundancy after 26 years’ service, from my previous position.

My granddaughter attended counselling at No5 when she was 11, and undertaking this position gives me the opportunity to ‘give something back’ to No5 as they ‘gave us back’ our little girl.

Lorraine Bloor

Fundraising Officer

I started with No5 as Fundraising Office in December 2015. Previously to this I worked at No5 for ten years in various roles, starting in 1997 as a volunteer. I am very, very happy to be back here. I am very passionate about supporting young people who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties. It is this passion that drives me to raise awareness of No5’s services for young people to access and also to encourage people and organisations to support No5 because without this support No5 would not be able to remain open. I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive Thank you to all those that have supported No5 over the last 45 years.

Hayley Chapman

Outreach and Social Media Coordinator

I was thrilled to return to no5 in summer 2016 in my new role as Outreach and Social Media Coordinator. I support young people, including our Young Ambassadors, to promote our services, share their experiences and challenge mental health stigma within the local community. I also seek out partnerships and collaborative projects with other local charities and organisations, help plan and run outreach and fundraising events, with Lorraine, and manage and monitor our social media channels and online presence.

I am really passionate about the work of the charity, having benefitted from counselling here as a teenager, and get huge satisfaction advocating on behalf the organisation and the young people who access our services.

Our Trustees

Ben McEwen

Chairman

I have been a proud Trustee of No5 since January 2014 and took on the role of Chair in 2016. My background is in hospitality and my work experience includes stints on cruise ships, bars, restaurants and managing the catering for the world’s media at London 2012. I currently work with corporate catering firm OfficeServe growing their business in London.

Nelson Walters

Treasurer

I am a retired chartered accountant with a wealth of experience across the profession and in industry, having worked in London and The Netherlands with EY and BDO Stoy Hayward. I am a former committee member of TVCCI.

I decided to become a trustee to support the dedicated No5 team who quite clearly were putting in a super effort to provide a vital service to the young people of Reading

Birgit Lundgren

I am a Trustee because I have passion for ensuring free counselling is available to young people in need of someone to talk to when life gets complicated, unpredictable, loses purpose or feels too stressful to manage without someone on your side. To me it is a great way to give something back and help the next generation on its way.

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.