Our History

Margaret Beavan

founder of Liverpool Child Welfare Association

36 Bolton Street, L3 - circa 1930's and present day has always stood for supporting vulnerable young people

A pre World War 2 office at Liverpool Child Welfare Association and - not so different - the same office at YPAS

The Building:

* Since its construction in 1907 -1971, the building was home to the Liverpool Child Welfare Association, delivering support to Liverpool’s poor and sick children.


* We are proud to announce that in 1997 our building was bequeathed to YPAS by John Moores. The building has a history exceeding 100 years of providing a safe place for Liverpool’s vulnerable children and young people.


* The building looks a little tired which is understandable as it has seen a great number of projects, workers, children, young people and families.


* We are keen to preserve the building for future generations by paying a fitting tribute to the work done by Margaret Beavan in establishing the original charity (Liverpool Child Welfare Association) that supported vulnerable and sick children in the days before social services, NHS and the welfare state system

Timeline in decades:









Liverpool Personal Services Society (PSS) gains funding after identifying a significant demand placed on the services of the Citizens Advice Bureau for advice, support and information by young people.  

1966 - YPAS is established and a full time counsellor is employed.  

A drop-in service opens in Union House on Victoria Street to provide informal access to counselling services. Identified as one of the pioneer youth counselling services in the country. 





Introduction of a government employment programme (STEP) 

1976 – Development of the GYrO Project (Gay Youth r Out) 

1978 - YPAS develops additional counselling services in Netherley, Speke, Kirkdale and a drop-in support service in 'The Basement' on Stanley Street. 





1983 - After five years of successful delivery the Netherley and Speke services close after funding is withdrawn. 

1984 - As part of a service overhaul, the Kirkdale project is taken over by Liverpool Youth Service's Youth Line. 

1985 - Young people gain representation on the YPAS Management Committee. 

1986 - YPAS gains independent charity status. 

1987 - YPAS becomes a company limited by guarantee. 

1989 - YPAS temporarily relocates to the L8 Law Centre on Princes Road. 





1990 - YPAS moves into permanent accommodation - second floor of 36 Bolton Street. 

Due to the high demand of services, the next few years clearly demonstrates the need for additional building space of Bolton Street.   

1996 - Successful National Lottery capital funding, the ground floor is converted into a suitable space to broaden the delivery of YPAS’s services  

1997 – Successful funding from; John Moores Foundation, Comic Relief, Children in Need, Local Authority, DAT and a wide range of additional grants to generate and extend further provision – a drop-in service, advice service and a counselling service.  

1997 - Building (36 Bolton Street) is bequeathed to YPAS by John Moores.   





The next few years proves to be extremely busy for YPAS whilst it’s striving to address the high demand of citywide referrals. 

YPAS expands and develops into a progressive organisation. Central to this growth is the person-centred approach at the heart of all service delivery.  

Further successful funding to address engagement with hard to reach groups e.g. homeless and drugs and alcohol. 


2004: A review of CAMHS services is carried out in Liverpool, to identify a broader range of disciplines to address the mental health needs of children, young people and families. Key elements include: non-stigmatised services, third sector involvement, firm governance structures, quality assurance systems and firm policies and protocols.  



YPAS identified as the main third sector CAMHS delivery partner and  

 begins negotiations for new service developments 

YPAS extends the age of the young people it supports from 16-25 to 10-25 years. 

CAMHS strategy finalised and subsequent recruitment takes place. 

YPAS takes over the management of GYRO (Gay Youth 'r' Out).  



Utilizes additional building floors to accommodate the CAMHS funded staff and services. 

Achieves ISO9001 kite mark in recognition of the quality of services provided.  

2nd floor renovated into a counselling suite.   

Development of Self-Injury DVD made by young people: premiered at the 39th AGM held at the Adelphi Hotel. 

Featured on BBC Radio 5 Live, Granada Tonight, BBC Radio Merseyside, GMTV and Radio City (Liverpool). 

Celebrates 40th year of working with children and young people in 2016.  

CAMHS partnership is formed (YPAS, MYA, Alder Hey, ADHD Foundation, Spinning World (PSS) and Barnardos. 



Development of policies and delivery in accordance with the  Every Child Matters and Youth Matters Frameworks 

Increased partnership working with Schools, Colleges, Training Providers, Addaction, and Children and Young People services including Connexions and the Youth Offending Services. 


2008: Increased provision of specialist LGBT services to address the younger age group (13 – 16 years). 


2009: Strategic involvement with specialist CAMHS to address the redesign of Liverpool’s targeted and specialist EMWB provision (Emotional, Mental Health and Well-Being).  


2010: Introduction and consultation and shaping of future outcome measures relevant for both Liverpool’s voluntary and statutory sectors 


2013: YPAS involved in the national CYP IAPT programme. IAG services funded by CAMHS 

National GP Champs pilot launched with Brownlow Health Practice 



Age range broadened from 10-25 years to 5–25 years 

YPAS transgender project funded by Clinical Commissioning Group (CAMHS). 

Funding confirmed (CAMHS) – IAG provision  

Funding confirmed (LCCG) – GP Champs project 


Increased local provision - Looked After Children in Education (LACES)  

DfE funding secured with national 3rd sector partners  



YPAS involved in the strategic development of the CAMHS transformation plans.  

YPAS involved in the strategic development of the CAMHS locality hubs. 

YPAS involved in the strategic development of the Youth Mental Health Model 

Development of YPAS’s 2015 -2010 strategic business plan and operational delivery plan 




Celebrating 50 years 

YPAS celebrates its 50th year of providing mental health services to Liverpool’s children, young people and families. 

Over the past 5 decades we have seen significant changes to the global social, cultural and political climate. As the world wrestled with nuclear proliferation, war, famine, poverty, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, discrimination, ethnic cleansing, dictatorships, hurricanes, climate change, HIV-AIDS, gun crime, unemployment and social depravation, YPAS  continues  to work and support some of the most marginalised children, young people and families who were/are caught up in the whirlwind! 


Young people who accessed YPAS back in 1966 will now be in their 60’s,70’s & 80’s, with a lifetime of knowledge and experience.


Do you have any memories of YPAS from the 60’s – 00’s; as an employee, professional contact or someone who received support, if so; contact us with your memories?

Brian’s Memories of YPAS (age 38 in 2014):

'I have some great memories of YPAS, having attended there for about six or seven years. I first came to YPAS for counselling due to low self-esteem, and this greatly helped me. Over the years the need for counselling was less necessary and I started to attend the drop in-service. I thoroughly enjoyed this, because it was somewhere you could go to have a chat or a coffee and meet other new people without feeling hassled. Some days we used to do cooking or watch a video.

I found the staff very friendly, most of who have probably left now.


My best memories of YPAS were the Christmas dinners, where the whole room was decorated and roast dinners were prepared for all the people that used the service, or the time I went to Wales on an Outward Bound trip, which included raft building, abseiling etc. I stopped coming to YPAS about three years ago now because I became too old, and in that time a few things have happened in my life. I have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome which is on the same scale as autism. I also attend Greenbank College three days a week, doing courses in independent living and cookery. I sometimes think it would be nice to pop in to YPAS when I am in town and see how the place has changed and meet the new staff. I also enjoyed looking through the website. Keep up the good work!'

Do you have any memories of the Liverpool Child Welfare Association; as an employee, professional contact or someone who received support, if so; contact us with your memories?


Julies Memories of the Child Welfare Association (age 56 in 2014):

'I used to get support from the Liverpool Child Welfare Association. I remember coming for a Christmas party in the building and being told to go to a room full of toys were I could pick anything I wanted. I will never forget that. I was supported because I had polio as a child and my family was poor. My mum was a single parent with six children. I used to get a grant for clothes and shoes every season. I believe I had a sponsor there as my mum had to take me there every time and sometimes I had to write a letter and supply a photo. This continued until I was 16 years old. It made a difference to my life because now and then it would remind me that someone cared, and didn't want anything back from me - it made me feel special. The parties they organised brightened my life up and I was always allowed to take my sister. Of course the building holds a special memory in my childhood that I will always cherish.'

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