Report of the Youth and Community sub-committee on the Youth Counselling Advice and Information Centre:

In 1984 the National Youth Bureau stated:  ‘Local authorities should ensure that all young people have ready access to appropriate generalist youth counselling and advisory agencies which young people find acceptable.’ The first specialised service was set up in Reading in 1970 and since that time has grown into a comprehensive counselling, advice and information service, locally and nationally recognised under the title No5.

At a national level, Berkshire has led the field initially by the establishment of the Reading Service, No5, one of the forerunners of such services. In addition, County Officers, Reading and Slough staff, have made a major contribution to the development of the National Association of Young Peoples Counselling and Advisory Services since its establishment in 1976.’