Newbury Town Council resolved at its Full Council Meeting on 13 May to support the Mayor’s chosen Charity, ‘Time to Talk’. Time to Talk has been in existence for over 30 years, and has made a significant difference to mental health and lives of many young people. They add an average of 35 young people to their waiting list each month.
The Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Elizabeth O’Keeffe said, “The Time to Talk youth counselling charity has served the needs of local young people for over 30 years. Sadly the need for the service grows every year. We now find more and more requests for younger children to access the service.”
Time to Talk is a local charity and provide counselling in central Newbury, as well as in 6 local schools and in 3 rural GP surgeries.
It offers 115 sessions each week to young people, and last year saw 464 young people for counselling, offering a total of 4,471 sessions, dealing with issues such as anxiety, stress, anger, depression, loss, self-harm and low self-esteem.
The average age of young people attending sessions is 15, and young people’s top presenting issues continue to be anxiety, stress, depression, family issues, self-esteem and anger. The friendly professional fully qualified team ensure that the young people who access the service are treated with compassion and respect and without judgement.
Georgina Punter, Trustee at Time to Talk West Berkshire said, “All of us at Time to Talk are very excited by the appointment of Cllr Elizabeth O’Keeffe as Mayor of Newbury. It is an excellent opportunity to raise our profile further and ultimately to continue to support young people and their families in West Berkshire.”