Watch out in local press and online for the recent press release …
Youth Mental Health Charity sets up drop-in appeal to cope with demand
Local youth counselling charity, Signpost, which provides counselling and other support for young people in Watford and Hemel Hempstead have been forced to rethink the way they work because they cannot cope with the demand. “In line with reports in the national news, the number of young people approaching us for counselling is going up and up” notes Signpost CEO, William Allen. “We cannot cope with the demand for our services, especially at a time when our income is falling.”
To address their rising waiting list, Signpost has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a drop-in service to see people more promptly. “The exam season is coming up” continues Allen, “Young people need to be seen promptly, not be left on a waiting list until after it’s too late! The drop-in service will provide young people with a few counselling sessions very quickly. In the summer, a lot of young people seek help because they are anxious about transferring to secondary school, college or going to University – again we need to see these young people as soon as possible to keep their education on track.” People can make donations for this much-needed service at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/signpostdropin.
Signpost has also written to their past users for support. The charity, which has served young people locally since 1973 and last year worked with over 400 young people, is facing a deficit for a second year. “Unless we find new sources of income, we may struggle to be here for the next generation of young people. So, we are appealing to anyone who wants Watford and Hemel Hempstead to have a local community-based youth counselling service to rally to the cause.” As well as personal donations, Signpost would like to encourage local businesses and Schools to fund raise and is also seeking volunteers to help with fundraising. Please contact William Allen on 01923 239495 with your ideas.
Signpost is a charity that has been providing therapeutic services to young people at risk in Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere for the past 40 years. From counselling to life coaching and self-help groups, Signpost has helped nearly 10,000 young people cope with challenging life experiences such as depression, abuse, family breakup and bullying. The charity operates a free, confidential counselling service at locations in Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring, Rickmansworth, Borehamwood and South Oxhey.
In April 2014 Signpost merged with Urban Access, the equivalent youth charity in Dacorum. Urban Access had been providing counselling to young people in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted for the past 25 years.
Currently the principal single funders of Signpost are BBC Children in Need, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Dacorum Borough Council, and we are extremely grateful to support from the community which most most recently includes The Hemel Hempstead School, St Clement Danes School, Watford Girls Grammar School, Oxhey Church, The Post Office Arms monthly quiz, Three Crowns Bushey quiz, Boxmoor Wellbeing Event, John Lewis, and the Mayor of Watford.
That link again in the hope you, the reader, are able to help www.crowdfunder.co.uk/signpostdropin