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£120,000 grant awarded to Milton Keynes YiS

£120,000 Awarded to Milton Keynes Youth Information Service

MK Community Foundation have awarded Milton Keynes Youth Information Service (YiS) a large strategic grant of £120,000. The grant, which will be awarded over 2 years, will be used to fund vital resources for their free youth counselling service. Open to any young person between the ages of 11 and 21 years, the sessions help young people work through a range of issues including anxiety, depression, anger, family problems and many more.

YiS will use the grant to fund more counsellors, meaning that their organisation can reach more people in need; with mental health becoming an increasingly prominent focus within Milton Keynes over the past few years (Vital Signs 2017) the local counselling service provided by YiS for young people is greatly needed. The funding will also help with vital costs for moving, marketing and equipment.

Gareth Eglinton-Pacitti, CEO at YIS, commented: "We are incredibly grateful for this grant and so pleased that the Foundation recognises the importance of developing young people's mental health support in MK. We were faced with the hard decision of having to close our waiting list to new referrals, but this funding will enable us to recruit more fantastic volunteer counsellors enabling us to see more young people around MK. We know from the feedback we get from people we’ve seen that our service makes a real difference. So it’s also essential that this funding helps the charity to start to build a more sustainable future.”

Laura Berrisford, Philanthropy Manager at MK Community Foundation said: “MK Community Foundation were excited to award our first Large Strategic Grant to YiS in January. We are really looking forward to watching them develop their work, supporting young people in our city through times of difficulty.”

Milton Keynes Youth Information Service are a long running independent charity, established in 1979, with a BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Accredited Service that focuses solely on young people who live, learn or work in Milton Keynes and Surrounding areas. Their free, confidential and accredited service offers a course of multiple sessions of counselling to help young people work through their difficulties, and to improve their mental health and well being.