Win a morning of relaxation!

The Beauty Bar and Training Academy are offering one lucky winner a morning of a facial, massage and an ear candling.

Would you like to win a morning of relaxation?
The Beauty Bar and Training Academy is holding a raffle where you could win a pampering morning of an express facial, and Indian head massage, shoulder massage and an ear candling.
 
Organiser Melissa Kenneley said ‘mental health effects many families at some point and this is an issue that I have in the past suffered with myself so I would like to give back.’
 
There are 100 numbers to choose from and each number is £5. More numbers will be added if needed! All proceeds will be generously donated to YPCS and the draw will be held on 25th January.
 
If you would like to take part, please message Melissa Kenneley with your name and selected number/s. If the number you have chosen is already taken, Melissa will advise which numbers are left.
 
Good luck everyone!

Annabelle Davis Centre Wisbech Opens

We are delighted that our new Annabelle Davis Centre in Wisbech has opened its doors!

The Annabelle Davis Centre is a community-oriented place that we are happy to be sharing with other organisations like The Kite Trust and Centre 33 to bring much needed services to the area.
 
We cannot express how thankful we are for all donations and pro-bono work we have received to make this dream come true!

Support Charlie’s Challenge

Local Peterborough resident Charlie Edwards will be fundraising by trekking Ben Nevis.

We are delighted that local Peterborough resident Charlie Edwards has chosen to raise funds for YPCS by taking on the challenge to trek Ben Nevis on 10th September and wish her well in this tough personal challenge.
 
Charlie has direct experience of a close family member suffering with poor mental health and so knows at first hand the impact this has on those that suffer, as well as the effect this can have on their families.
 
As the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year was nature, Charlie has chosen her challenge to trek Ben Nevis to link her fundraising efforts with this theme.
Charlie told us, “I think it’s fitting with how the past 18 months have been with lockdowns and restrictions – finding ways to get outside to benefit our mental health. I have set myself the challenge to climb Ben Nevis in the hope to connect to nature and raise money for charity.”
 

Support Group for Parents and Care Givers of Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Questioning Children and Teeangers

YPCS and The Kite Trust are offering a support group for parents of transgender, non-binary and gender questioning young people.

YPCS and The Kite Trust are offering a face to face support group for parents of transgender, non-binary and gender questioning children. This group will be a safe space to ask questions, gain knowledge and be supported.
 
Date: Tuesday 21st September (group held fortnightly)
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: Annabelle Davis Centre, School Bungalow, Broadway, Yaxley, PE7 3JD
 
If you would like to be part of the group or to find out more information, please email admin@ypcs.uk or call 01733 903288.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Find out how you can support Mental Health Awareness Week with our fun challenges!

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and year’s theme is Nature.
 
We will be posting ideas throughout the week on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for how we can get more involved with nature in ways that support the ‘5 Ways to Well-Being’: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.
 
Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week at Mental Health UK.

Fostering and Adoption Support

Young People’s Counselling Service are proud to support this network for families who foster and adopt and those considering these options.

St. Peter’s Church, working in association with the Annabelle Davis Centre and the Home for Good charity, are launching a new group to provide support to families who currently foster and adopt and those who are looking to.

The group launches on Saturday 27th February and we would love to meet you! The aim of the initial meeting will be for us all to identify how we can best support you, whilst providing you with a space to meet other families who foster and adopt.

Due to the current climate, the group will initially take place over Zoom with a view to moving in person, when this becomes an option.

If you’d like to register to attend, or if you have any questions, please contact Rev Sarah at yaxleyvicar@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you.

You can also find details at: https://www.saintpeters.co.uk/events/fostering-adoption-support-group/

 

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.”

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