We Hear You launches counselling service for children and young people in Yeovil

Frome-based counselling charity We Hear You (WHY) is launching a new specialist counselling service in Yeovil for children and young people who have been affected or bereaved by cancer or a life threatening condition. The new service has been made possible by a £76,100 grant from Global Radio’s Make Some Noise campaign and is part of a larger expansion of the charity’s services for young people. The new service will run on Thursday afternoons between 3pm and 7pm at Nine Springs Natural Health Centre, 70 Hendford, Yeovil BA20 1UR.

The charity has provided one-to-one counselling for adults affected by cancer or a life-threatening condition across Somerset, Bath and NE Somerset and Wiltshire since 1994 and started to provide counselling for children and young people in 2009. Gwen Rogerson, Children’s Counsellor at We Hear You, says:

‘WHY already provides counselling for children and young people in Frome and Street and via school-based services in Trowbridge, Frome and Westbury. This funding gives us an opportunity to reach children and teenagers living in and around Yeovil who are affected by cancer and other life-threatening conditions. They could be a patient themselves, or a friend or family member of someone who is unwell. The service is open to children aged four to 17 and we’re really pleased to be able to extend our existing service to young people in the Yeovil area’

Ben Manning used WHY’s counselling service aged 15 after losing his father to cancer:

‘I was at college and really struggling. College asked if I would like some support through WHY. I was quite dubious at first but then felt that if anything could help it was worth a go. I was also worried what people would think, as there is a stigma with young people and mental health. But after one session I felt like a weight had been lifted. With the counselling, things improved significantly at home and school became easier. It became easier to deal with everyday life.’

To find out more or refer a child for counselling, call 01373 455255 or email info@wehearyou.org.uk. Further information about the charity and the counselling service is available at www.wehearyou.org.uk.

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