Children’s Mental Health Week

The July 2020 Mental Health and Young People Survey commissioned by NHS Digital shows that the proportion of young people experiencing a probable mental health disorder has risen to 1 in 6. This is equivalent to 16.6% of young people.
 
At YPCS we want to raise awareness of the growing number of young people who may be facing mental health problems. Throughout the week we will be running a series of 16 minute challenges for young people and their families to take part in. With ‘Express Yourself’ as this year’s theme for Children’s Mental Health Week, we will be encouraging you to get active and creative! Be sure to check our Facebook each day to see each challenge!
 
We would love for you to join us by commenting on our daily posts with photos of you (and anyone else you can get to join you!) completing our challenges. The images shared on our daily challenges will also be put on our website to showcase what young people have done to help raise awareness of children’s mental health.
 
We will also be launching a poetry competition on Monday for 11-18 year olds. The prize for the winning entry is a Fire 7 Tablet so watch this space!

YPCS Awarded Children In Need Funding

Young People’s Counselling Service has been awarded funding of £65, 000 from BBC Children in Need to deliver play therapy, counselling and expressive arts over the next 15 months. This will help us to continue to deliver our services in the Whittlesey and Yaxley and also extend our services into the Wisbech area.

Through this funding:

  • 60 children and young people will be able to receive up to 12 sessions of free integrative psychological therapy
  • 62 families of children and young people receiving YPCS services will be able to attend targeted support groups to help them understand the challenges their child faces and how best to support them at home
  • 108 children and young people will able to participate in a programme of expressive arts including art, performance, story telling and music with the added opportunity to achieve an Arts Award.

YPCS Chair of Trustees, Alison Graham said “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from BBC Children in Need. It will not only support many children, young people and their families, but also enable us to work in partnership with 20Twenty to deliver expressive arts and involve our patron, actor and artist Annabelle Davis, in supporting arts delivery.”

End of Year Letter From YPCS Chair Dr. Alison Graham

End of Year Letter to Our Supporters

There hasn’t ever been a year quite like 2020 and I am sure none of us want to go through it again. However, amongst the negatives, the stress, and the pain there have been an awful lot of positives if you look hard enough. 

This year YPCS has established itself as a widely recognised and highly respected charity providing support for children, young people, and families of the highest quality. Michelle has been the public face of that and has done a fabulous job. However, It takes a dedicated team to support her in this role and I want to thank everyone who contributes to the end result. It means that we have received a small amount of statutory funding for the first time which has taken some of the pressure off fund raising and we are hopeful for more in 2021.

The Annabelle Davis Centre in Yaxley has developed further with the healing garden now complete and Annabelle’s gorgeous artwork on the walls. COVID-19 interrupted therapy but we acted swiftly to ensure that we adapted to providing online support for some months then resumed face to face as soon as we were able. Our systems have been upgraded to a digital format and so we are able to monitor progress and provide reports much more easily. I want to thank Remi our administrator who works so hard to organise us. 

Fundraising has taken a massive hit due to COVID-19 restrictions and we have been thankful that we took the decision to employ  Development Manager Thelma who has been highly successful in winning grants for us. Demand continues to rise rapidly, and we need to continue to expand to meet that need as there is nowhere else for these young people to go. We will not turn our backs on them. 

Our work in schools continues to grow as does our wide-ranging early intervention programmes. Our second centre in Wisbech is progressing and we will post updates on our website which has also had a complete make over thanks to Kirsty. 

Our therapy team is growing, and they all continue to do some amazing work with very troubled clients and their professionalism shows in the outcomes they achieve and the lovely feedback we get. 

There are many people who support us in various ways, but we have a two very special volunteers who deserve a particular mention this year. Firstly, Sam who regularly gets us match funding from BGL that doubles the value of every £1 we raise and talks to everyone about us to spread the word. Secondly Max who watered the plants all summer and keeps the centre looking spic and span as well as collecting raffles prizes and yellow collection pots. You are both awesome and we are very grateful. 

I must not forget to thank my board of trustees. They are all so driven to achieve the same goal that they take very little leading. The hours they put in is extra-ordinary and I am grateful and humbled by their dedication. We have a few new trustees hopefully starting with us early next year and we have roles as YPCS Ambassadors or YPCS mentors for people with specific skills who cannot commit to being a trustee. Contact us if you want to know more. 

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who believes in us and what we are doing and who thinks of us when fund raising opportunities arise. Fingers crossed we will have a more normal ‘vaccinated’ 2021 full of enjoyable fundraising events and hugs… How much have we all missed THEM! Celebrate safely and much love and good wishes for next year in all you do. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS 

Dr Alison Graham (Chair YPCS)

Prints of Patron’s Artwork Available!

Our talented patron Annabelle Davis kindly donated a set of original oil paintings with the theme ‘under the sea’ to decorate the Annabelle Davis Centre.

Prints of these stunning works are now available for purchase at annabelledavis.co.uk.

To help support the work of YPCS and the Annabelle Davis Centre, £1 from the sale of each print will be donated to the charity. 

 

 

Patrons Meet Garden Designer

Our patrons Warwick and Annabelle Davis also met with artist and garden designer Jeni Cairns, who designed our stunning sensory garden.  This healing space can be used by families between sessions and is such a wonderful addition to the Annabelle Davis Centre.

Thank you to Jeni for all you have done to bring this space to life.

We would also like to give a big thank you to Persimmon Homes and Huntingdonshire District Council for funding our sensory garden. We are very grateful for your kindness and generosity.

See more of Jeni’s work @ Juniper House Emporium

Photographs by Terry Harris @ Terry Harris Photography

Patron Donates Artwork

Our patron Annabelle Davis has generously donated some of her stunning artwork to display in the Annabelle Davis Centre. These paintings have an underwater theme inspired by the Centre’s lighthouse logo.

Limited edition prints of these paintings are available for purchase. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to YPCS to help us continue supporting local young people. If you would like to purchase one of these beautiful prints, please email events@ypcs.uk.
 
Thank you to Annabelle for these wonderful pieces and continued support.
 
Photographs by Terry Harris @ Terry Harris Photography

Patrons Meet Young Fundraiser

Our patrons Warwick and Annabelle Davis met with fundraising superstar Leo.
 
Eight year old Leo raised an amazing £620 for YPCS by cycling 20 miles in 7 days, smashing his original target amount! This will fund a full twelve sessions of counselling for a young person in need. We are all so proud and grateful.
 
Thank you to Leo, his mum Georgina, Warwick, Annabelle and everyone who supported this fantastic fundraiser!
 
Photographs by Terry Harris @ Terry Harris Photography

YPCS Receive National Lottery Grant

The Young People’s Counselling Service are honoured that The National Lottery Community Fund, made possible by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, have selected us to receive a grant.

This will help us keep our services up and running during this difficult time when many of our fundraising activities are not possible.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us to continue making a difference to young lives.

Annabelle Davis Centre Art Competition

We are pleased to announce the Annabelle Davis Centre Art Competition winners!

 

As part of Mental Health Week we launched the Annabelle Davis Centre Art Competition asking young people to submit their original creations of a lighthouse with a positive message.

All the stunning pieces we received were of a very high standard and we have loved seeing each and every one of them. We are honoured to be able to add these beautiful images of hope to our centre. 

Please watch the video made by our patron, Annabelle Davis, to see the winning entries!