For over 30 years, Yaxley Patients’ Association has supported patients of Yaxley Group Practice and raised considerable amounts of money to purchase medical equipment. Sadly, the YPA recently decided to wind up the group after decades of tireless service to local people.

Whilst this news is obviously a blow to the village, the generosity of the group will see a whole new generation benefit from their work as they have donated £14,250 to the Young People’s Counselling Service.

The YPCS is a charity providing free counselling for young people in the Peterborough area and works from three locations including Yaxley, at facilities generously provided by William de Yaxley Academy.

The YPCS is a member of the Yaxley Partnership and has plans to expand across Cambridgeshire, with new locations across the county currently under consideration. Their team includes fully qualified counsellors working at reduced rates and a team of volunteers and trustees.

The organisation has seen a 50% increase in demand for 11–12 year-olds and due to this new funding, the waiting list has been reduced and 7 more counselling hours have been provided in Yaxley alone. Due to the increased levels of 11–16 year olds that are referring to the charity, they have seen an increase in demand for their services and have been unable to supply due to lack of capacity. This means that continuous funding is needed to ensure that young people can be seen and this is accomplished solely by fundraising with no government sponsorship.

The YPCS service is:

  • Free to all users
  • Available without referral
  • Provided by fully qualified and experienced counsellors
  • A non-profit making Organisation

 

To learn more about the Young People’s Counselling Service please email michellelay@nhs.net