TIME 2 TALK gets welcome donation of £10,000 to boost its counselling services

Click to visit Time to Talk West BerkshireMuch needed cash support has been given to Time 2 Talk, an organisation which offers counselling to young people in West Berkshire.

It costs around £200 to provide eight free sessions of therapy and support to a young person. Often, this is the only resource available to people in need, aged between 11 and 25. The charity needs to raise £21,200 to provide additional sessions for people in the area.

Last year, the team offered more than 2,750 counselling sessions to help young people cope with issues including: anxiety, stress, anger, depression, loss, self-harm and self-esteem. This is the only organisation in West Berkshire which offers free counselling to young people aged under 18.

Referrals have doubled in the last two years and there is an increasing reliance on the service. The money, once fully raised, will provide additional counselling sessions across the organisation’s offices in Newbury, and at five local schools and a local GP’s surgery.

Luisa Rayner, from Time 2 Talk, said: “We are absolutely overjoyed to have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from Greenham Common Trust, which will go directly to help vulnerable young people in West Berkshire.

“This grant will allow us to offer confidential counselling sessions to a further 50 young people in need of support, and dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, bullying and self-harm.”

Chris Boulton, Chief Executive of Greenham Common Trust said: “This organisation offers a valuable service locally to people who may not have any other resource available to them. This is an important charity, and was established more than 30 years ago.

“We are pleased we can make available this grant from our Distribution Committee, and we know that the services offered by Time 2 Talk have a lasting impact on the young people who need them most. Tackling the problems surrounding mental health illnesses at an earlier age, can improve health and even save lives.”

Time 2 Talk can be contacted on 01635 760331 or through the new website at www.t2twb.org.

Clients have expressed how safe they feel in Time 2 Talk’s environment, and know that they can talk without anxiety.

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