No5 are delighted to announce we have been awarded £390,195 of funding over 4 years from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK!
This funding will give us the stability to deliver 20% of our current counselling session offer over the next 4 years, see up to 120 young people and plan for No5’s future! It will also contribute to reducing the time young people are waiting for counselling, offer better support and resources for parents, carers, and young people when they first contact us, and provide our counsellors with progression routes all the way through to becoming an employed Level 5 Specialist Trained Counsellor.
However, we still need to secure funding for the remaining 70% for this year to be able to continue to support local young people’s mental health, and restore early intervention by employing more counsellors over the next three years.
About the funding, Alyson Wylding, Director at No5 Young People, said:
“We are really relieved to have been awarded this vital funding from the National Lottery Community Fund!
This grant represents stability and consistency for the next four years of 20% of the counselling sessions we need to provide. This is essential to us as an organisation, it means we can model the impact of stability and consistency to the young people we support – elements which are crucial in the counselling relationship to support a young person to experience being heard by a safe, trusted, professional adult in a confidential space, whilst being able to offer the long-term relational support they need.”
When asked about the experience of counselling at No5, Ryan, aged 25 said:
“No5 is a phenomenal service that truly works to ensure the best outcome for young people like myself. I had never felt as listened to and respected as I did when going through counselling, which has allowed me to grow and transform into someone that now sees the brighter side of things and is capable of achieving all the goals I set for myself.
No5 gave me my life back and I will be forever grateful”