YPAS SEEKING TO RECRUIT
EXPERIENCED PRACTITIONERS FOR PARENTING TRAINING
(Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
Find out more here
LGBTQ+ Youth – Take Pride in Your Identity exhibition.
As part of this years Liverpool Mental Health Festival (LMHF) young people from GYRO (YPAS’s LGBTQ youth groups) and THE Action Youth (YPAS Trans specific youth group) created an amazing exhibition space at the Walker Art Gallery, named LGBTQ+ Youth – Take Pride in Your Identity. This was a true reflection of the pride, positivity and creativity that LGBTQ young people in Liverpool have. The event was part of the Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in conjunction with the Arts Council Collection.
The pop up event was a great success and young people really enjoyed having the chance to showcase their work in such a prestigious venue like The Walker Art Gallery. Curating the exhibition has not only helped young people develop confidence in themselves and their abilities but has also shown them that venues like the Walker Art Gallery can be for, and enjoyed by, young people.
Chris Porter, YPAS Support Services Team Lead (LGBTQIA+) added:
As part of LMHF we thought it really important to showcase the amazing work that young LGBTQ+ people across Merseyside have done highlighting pride in their identity. When young people first access our services there is often a caged, guarded and anxious approach to whether they should let us staff into their personal lives. We see anxiety, self harm, depression, suicidal ideation, isolation and low self-esteem coming through the doors but we aim for when they are leaving the same very door that the young people feel empowered, proud of who they are and even happy! Being part of the LGBTQ+ community can be both isolating and galvanising and we hope that the pop-up in Forum showcased what happens when LGBTQ+ youth get together to use their energy and enthusiasm to shout loud and proud about their identities because contrary to popular belief it’s actually pretty awesome being LGBTQ+. We’re really proud of our young people for creating the work and curating the space. Big shout out to Ben, Vincent, Peter, the Ukelads, Cal and Jordyn for making the event such a special experience and letting us see things through their eyes. Thanks also to Angelica and the staff at the Walker who made it all possible including special shout out to the Patisserie chef who made an amazing cake which went down a treat with everyone.”
You can read a blog about the exhibition on the Walker Art Gallery website HERE
Pink Therapy Accreditation for YPAS Counsellor
Fantastic news as Louise from YPAS has recently been awarded her accreditation with Pink Therapy as a Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversities Therapist. Louise is already a highly qualified therapist and has worked at YPAS for four years. Louise works with clients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and others who identify as being gender or sexually diverse. Pink Therapy is the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients. The accreditation means that Louise is recognised and supported by Pink Therapy who are pioneers of specialist therapy training.
We can ensure YPAS service users that our accredited counsellor:
Louise added: The Pink Therapy Accreditation is important as it highlights that I have attended relevant training and have the experience and ongoing supervision to work with young people who may be exploring their gender and/or sexuality. Due to external influences such as bullying or discrimination, young people who identify as LGBTQIA* are more likely to experience difficulties with their mental health and to be at risk of self-harm or suicide. It is vital that YPAS is able to offer appropriate support. This accreditation demonstrates that LGBTQIA* young people who come to YPAS are offered a safe space to be themselves and to explore whatever is going on for them.
Well Done Louise!
Liverpool Mental Health Festival
For the last 7 years Liverpool has celebrated World Mental Health Day. For this 8th year, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium presents the second Liverpool Mental Health Festival (incorporating World Mental Health Day on October 10th) The festival, running from 1st – 14th October, features Music, Dance, Comedy Circus, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Film, Information, Advice, Training Courses, Workshops & more, happening across the 14 days.
The official programme is now available to download for this year's festival.
You can access the full programme here: https://issuu.com/liverpoolmentalhealthconsortium/docs/lmhfbrochure2017_issuu
Radio City Talk - Mental Health Monday Podcast
Local mum Lynn Collins and her daughter Martha joined Mick Coyle for this week's Mental Health Monday.
This years Liverpool Pride was bigger and better than ever!
Over 8000 joined the Pride March and over 50,000 enjoyed 2 days of entertainment at this years Rainbow Extravaganza.
Thousands of people flocked to the two-day LGBT+ celebration which brought a colourful party atmosphere to Liverpool city centre over the weekend.
Festival organisers say an estimated 50k revellers joined the fun, with more than 8k people taking part in the 8 th annual Pride March alone. The biggest public march the city has seen.
YPAS joined the celebrations, with our GYRO Team leading the way in the march, following a dedicated Youth Space at YPAS Central afterwards for young people. Chris Porter our Gyro Worker (LGBTQIA+) wanted to share the following message:
“ The LGBTQ+ team wants to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who came and made Liverpool Pride 2017 our best yet. We had record numbers come through the door. From all the YPAS staff who helped, Tracy who made our amazing cake and all the young people who marched with pride, it shows that when a community comes together special things can happen. Looking forward to next year already!”
GYRO has been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards.
Our LGBT+ Support Services have been shortlisted for the "Community Organisation Award for LGBT" at the National Diversity Awards 2017.
Charities and role models from across the UK will gather at the breathtaking Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on September 8th 2017 for the UK’s largest celebration of diversity.
The best of British diversity will travel to Liverpool to showcase the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.
Over 22,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide.
We are delighted to be not only nominated for this award but to be shortlisted is fantastic news! GYRO provides a safe and confidential space for young people to explore thier sexuality and/or gender identity. We run groups every week in which we explore LGBT+ issues, general issues facing young people and have opportunites to go on residentials and chat with staff about any issues you may be facing. We are really looking forward to the awards and it is a real honour to be shortlisted for the work we do.
MicroSoft will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diverse talent alongside joint Headline Sponsors Direct Line Group.
Paul Geddes, CEO, Direct Line Group said " We know that having a diverse workforce not only brings in more talent, it increases the variety of thinking, enabling us
to have a better understanding of our customers' needs in an ever-changing Britain.”
“The momentum is gathering pace” he continued “but there is more all businesses can do to pave the way for change. We are therefore honoured to be
sponsoring the National Diversity Awards to celebrate the success of role models, businesses and organisations who are leading the way to true diversity and
inclusion in our society."
Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA's are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Adam Hills and Sir Lenny Henry
amongst many. TV Presenter Graham Norton Said “Promoting and celebrating diversity is close to my heart which is why I am thrilled to support The National Diversity Awards! I
want to wish all of this year’s shortlisted nominees the best of luck for the ceremony, you all deserve to win!’’
Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of The National Diversity Awards said “I am so proud to be able to witness the journeys of some of the most inspiring role models this
country has to offer. Each year I am overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of nominations, and those shortlisted should know how privileged I am to share
your stories with the nation. You are all winners and I can’t wait to meet you at the ceremony.”
We will keep you updated about how we get on.......
Boxing champion Tony Bellew and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram officially open YPAS Plus North Hub
Liverpool’s world boxing champion Tony Bellew and Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram attended the opening ceremony of the YPAS Plus Community Hub, the latest addition to the Liverpool CAMHS Partnership offer.
Speaking about the hub, Steve said: “This is a real coming together of local people, somewhere for young people to understand they’re not alone and offering the chance to talk to someone about how they’re feeling.”
Tony added: “There should be more places like this where young people can come and explain their situations; mental health can affect us all so it’s important people of all ages get the support they need, quickly.”
The hub will provide a range of services and links to health, education and social care supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of the community.
Children, young people and their families will be able to access a broad range of innovative services delivered by the Liverpool CAMHS partnership.
Monique Collier, CEO at YPAS said: “I am delighted to be celebrating the opening our second YPAS Plus Community Mental Health Hub. Responding to the ever increasing need to provide mental health services in accessible venues that are closer to home; the North hub is located in the heart of the community; providing valuable, easy to access mental health services by a range of providers all under one roof. The mental health hubs are a valuable asset for Liverpool its surrounding communities and we are already in-undated with communities accessing and enquiring about services, many saying they wouldn’t have accessed if it wasn’t this close to home.”
Funded by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, this North Liverpool setting is the second of two new hubs recently acquired though local authority asset transfer.
Alongside YPAS’s established city centre location, the three Hubs bring voluntary and statutory agencies together to work collectively towards improving the mental health outcomes of Liverpool’s children, young peoples and families.
The community hubs will offer a safe, comfortable place for children and young people and families to drop-in and access a range of support and therapeutic services.
For more information about the hubs click here
Important Statement from YPAS CEO Monique Collier
A Lovely Thank You letter from the Department of Health for YPAS's involvement in #TakeoverDay at their office in Whitehall. We are very proud of all the young people you took park and thank the Department of Health for the opportunity.
The following statement has been issued by Liverpool Council 25.05.17. Please contact us for support on: 0151 707 1025 or email email@example.com
2nd Place at the Pink Box Competition
One of our GYRO groups were at the Pink Box Competition this month and we came an amazing SECOND out of 16 youth groups!
Each year The Proud Trust and the network of LGBT Youth Groups across the region hold the Pink Box competition to showcase the talents of young LGBT people and to raise the profile of the issues they face.
Our GYRO Tuesday group designed: ‘Teach The Teachers’ a 10 point manifesto for improving support for LGBT+ students in school and they performed their self-written campaign song (written by a 13 year old member of GYRO).
We are so proud of the young people for their amazing campaign and performance on the day!!
Congratulations GYRO Tuesday : )
YPAS win a North West Cultural Education Award
We are delighted to have won an award at this years North West Cultural Education Awards ceremony. The project, titled Look Closer: Altered perceptions was shortlisted for the Museum Partnership Award category and we are so happy to have won!
Young women from YPAS and Holly Lodge Girls College worked together to develop an exhibition that explores themes and issues of relevance and importance to them and their peers. Using Tracey Emins’ My Bed, (1998) as a starting point for discussions and thoughts around mental health; sexuality; bullying; gender and identity the group worked sensitively and thoughtfully to collate construct and curate a meaningful and interactive space. They used Tate Exchange to share these themes with the public, inviting dialogue and challenging perceptions and celebrating women and their individualism.
Its fantastic to be recognised at the awards ceremony for our project.
THANK YOU to everyone involved.
Mental Health Awareness Event
YPAS recently attended a Mental Health Awareness Event at South Liverpool Treatment Centre along with 4 other services including Barnardo’s, Addvanced Solutions, Bully Busters, ADHD Foundation. The information on offer was very interesting and highlighted how although many people are aware of the wide umbrella of the CAMHS service, that within this there are a multitude of services that can help provide a support system for Young Carers & Young People dealing with Mental Health problems and associated issues. All the staff who attended were extremely knowledgeable and provided very useful promotional material to help advertise these services.
YPAS is awarded CORC Accreditation in outcome and feedback measurement.
We are very proud to announce that YPAS has become amongst the first few services in the UK to receive the Accreditation in Outcome and Feedback Measurement.
The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) is the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We are delighted that we have gained the outcome and feedback measurement accreditation
The use of outcome measures is one of the most powerful tools available to children’s mental health services and having this recognised CORC Accreditation means that a set of standards, tools and guidance for ensuring the highest quality use of outcome and feedback measurement is embedded within YPAS, supporting children and young people’s mental health.
Nicky Martin, Counselling and Psychotherapy Service Manager at YPAS:
We have dedicated team of experienced practitioners who are committed to best practice in attaining excellent outcomes for the children, young people, families and carers of Liverpool. To be one of the first organisations to be accredited by Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) is a fantastic achievement for YPAS.
Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE, Director of Child Outcomes Research Consortium:
We would like to commend you for being amongst the first few services to receive this award; we recognise the high level of commitment and preparation required for successful CORC Accreditation across the organisation. Congratulations!
For more information about outcome measures please visit our dedicated website page HERE
More about CORC:
The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) is the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Founded in 2002 by a group of mental health professionals determined to understand the impact of their work, today members include mental health service providers, schools, professional bodies and research institutions from across Europe and beyond.
CORC hold data relating to mental health and wellbeing outcomes of more than 400,000 children and young people in the UK, representing the largest data set of this kind worldwide. www.corc.uk.net
We have been shortlisted in the North West Cultural Education Awards
We are delighted that one of our recent projects has been shortlisted for an award. The project, titled Look Closer: Altered perceptions has been shortlisted for the Museum Partnership Award category at the North West Cultural Education Awards 2017.
The exhibition we created, explored themes and issues of relevance and importance to the young people involved and their peers. Using Tracey Emins’ My Bed, (1998) as a starting point for discussions and thoughts around mental health; sexuality; bullying; gender and identity the group worked sensitively and thoughtfully to collate construct and curate a meaningful and interactive space.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 28th April 2017.
Comic Relief - YPAS Window Mannequins
Friday 24th March Young People and Staff from YPAS will be acting as mannequins in our window from 10-3pm. Keeping as still as possible, we are hoping to raise £150 towards Comic Relief.
If you can spare any change please click here: https://my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/YPAS to support and encourage them.
We will keep you updated through our social media on the day
Liverpool Mental Health Festival Video
Liverpool Live TV talk to some of the Young People who use YPAS about our services and how it has helped them. Filmed as part of Liverpool Mental Health Consortiums - Mental Health Festival 2016.
Thank you to everyone who contributed. Check out the video below:
GYRO at LGBT History Month
To round up LGBT history month GYRO were at Outing the past: the third national festival of LGBT history, part of our celebrations for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month. #LGBTHM17
GYRO are part of the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium’s LGBT+ sub-group and were co-presenting with Meryl from Mersey Care to talk about LGBT+ identities and mental health – picking out some key dates through history.
The day was opened by Stuart Milk who is a long time LGBT advocate and inspiration like his uncle Harvey Milk who was assassinated for being unashamedly gay in American politics and himself an absolute champion of LGBT equality.
The day was full of great events and GYRO was proud to be there representing.
Chris Porter: Gyro Worker (LGBTQIA+) at YPAS said:
“It is vital that the youth narrative is not lost when talking about LGBT history as we continue to fight for LGBT+ equality and rights that were hard won!”
Throughout LGBTHM17 GYRO and THE Action Youth were out delivering ‘Gender Identity’ training to professionals, LGBT+ Awareness Training in schools and using The Proud Trust LGBT History Month pack in the LGBT groups in YPAS. We had a very busy LGBT History Month, learned a lot and are already looking forward to our next project of building a physical local time line for display in YPAS.
YPAS Plus Community Hub
Liverpool’s south community-based mental health and emotional wellbeing hub officially opened on February 2, in Childwall. The hub was offically opened by Luciana Berger MP.
The YPAS Plus Community Hub will provide a range of services and links to health, education and social care supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of the community. The initiative is the latest addition to the Liverpool Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Partnership offer.
Special guest speakers at the launch included:
Luciana Berger MP, Labour and Cooperative MP for Liverpool Wavertree
Jane H Roberts PhD FRCGP, Clinical Lead Children & Young People’s Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being, Liverpool CCG
Kathryn Pugh MBE, Deputy Head of Mental Health, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme Lead, Mental Health Clinical Policy and Strategy Group NHS England
YPAS is responsible for hosting the South Community Hub entitled YPAS PLUS. The Hub will provide a broad range of innovative services delivered by the Liverpool CAMHS partnership, the offer also includes links to health, education and social care supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of children (5 – 15 years), young people (16-25 years) and families living within or surrounding the community.
Paula Smith, YPAS Hub Coordinator added: “The Childwall Hub, located on Lyndene Road, will be open daily; young people are welcome to drop in and engage in a range of psycho-social activities; use the internet, chat with professionals, meet young people, take part in relaxed sessions and explore their mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties in an individual comfortable space.
“Professionals from CAMHS providers will also be on site throughout the week offering specific advice on a range of subjects and there are specific Daily Drop In sessions for 16-25 year-olds.”
It was a fantastic afternoon and there was a lot of media coverage to support us and to raise the profile, have a look at:
Granada Reports: https://youtu.be/KRVTH8fSa9E
Made in Liverpool https://www.madeinliverpool.tv/player/?playercat=92555&vid=m1m6pck4&v=2
BBC North West Tonight http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08c3mvd/north-west-tonight-evening-news-02022017
BBC Radio Merseyside http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04q05cr
For more information about the hubs please contact
Paula Smith on: Paula.Smith@ypas.org.uk or 07496 508 775
Photo gallery credit: Graham Cartin Cherish Photography http://www.cherishphotos.co.uk/
Young women from YPAS (Young Persons’ Advisory Service) and Holly Lodge Girls College have been working together to develop an exhibition that explores themes and issues of relevance and importance to them and their peers. Using Tracey Emins’ My Bed, (1998) as a starting point for discussions and thoughts around mental health; sexuality; bullying; gender and identity the group have worked sensitively and thoughtfully to collate construct and curate a meaningful and interactive space. They will use Tate Exchange to share these themes with the public, inviting dialogue and challenging perceptions and celebrating women and their individualism.
Venue: Tate Exchange Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4BB
Dates: 12–15 February 2017 at 10.00–16.00
Find out more here: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/special-event/look-closer
The youth rights movement starts here…..
Pioneering local charities 42nd Street and YPAS launch a major initiative aimed at empowering young people to use their rights to address social injustice
Young people facing a rising tide of housing, money and mental health problems all too often encounter creaking public services that aren’t responsive to their needs and that fail to uphold their rights.
Young people complain of being fobbed off by council departments that were established to protect them, shut out of mental health services, exploited by employers, singled out for benefit sanctions – and ignored when they try to speak up.
Arguably, no previous generation has experienced a greater need for the skills to navigate ‘the system’ as part of negotiating a successful path to adulthood. Yet few young people are aware of their rights, how to assert them or where to go for advice.
A partnership of funders and leading youth advice charities has come together to pioneer an innovative approach. Make Our Rights Reality (MORR) will:
42nd Street in Manchester will be working with Young Persons Advisory Service in Liverpool to deliver MORR in this region.
Simone Spray, Chief Executive of 42nd Street in Manchester:
“Navigating complicated but essential health, social and welfare systems can be so complicated. By teaching Public Legal Education, young people will become better equipped with the tools to not only navigate these systems, but also to realise their rights and influence future developments and I am particularly excited about how this approach can help shape services for young people in the new political era of Devolution”
Monique Collier, Chief Executive of Young Persons Advisory Service:
“YPAS in Liverpool is excited to embark on this innovative MORR partnership journey with our colleagues from 42nd Street in response to the nationally recognised gaps of young people not being aware of their rights within a hierarchical system that impacts on their empowerment. Our North West hub will evidence what young people require in order to exercise their rights to address social justice by providing support and education.”
James Kenrick, Head of Policy and Development at Youth Access (the advice and counselling network), which is leading the MORR project, says:
“We hope this will be the start of a long-term social movement to connect young people with their rights and responsibilities as a vital part of their active engagement in civic society. We know from research that young people possess the lowest levels of ‘legal capability’ of any age group. As well as giving young people the tools to exercise their rights and responsibilities at critical points in their life, we want to support the youth and legal sectors to focus on rights as a tool for empowering young people – and on youth voice as a powerful tool for social change.”
Make Our Rights Reality (MORR) is a pioneering national programme designed to equip young people (aged 15-25) to take control of their problems and improve services in their communities by connecting them with their rights and responsibilities.
The project will take an innovative, integrated approach to public legal education and youth social action focussed on disadvantaged young people in community settings.
The programme will provide young people with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to tackle their everyday rights-related problems.
It will give young people a national platform to campaign on their rights, encouraging a cultural shift in society’s attitude to young people and their rights.
It will give young people opportunities to take action in their communities on rights-based issues, so that they can address social injustice and create change.
RIGHTS + VOICE + ACTION = CHANGE!
As a result, we believe that young people will be empowered to engage in civic society as informed, responsible citizens with improved resilience, wellbeing and employability; and that public services will become more responsive to young people’s needs.
The project is coordinated by Youth Access, the advice and counselling network.
MORR’s programme of public legal education and youth social action will be delivered through three ‘hubs’ managed by highly respected youth advice services:
MAP (covering Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire) http://www.map.uk.net
No Limits (Southampton and Hampshire) https://nolimitshelp.org.uk/
MORR is initially funded for three years by:
The Legal Education Foundation https://www.thelegaleducationfoundation.org/
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation http://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/
For press or project enquiries, please contact:
Manchester - Rebecca Coughlin, 0161 228 7321, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liverpool - Kimberley Gardner, 0151 707 1025, Kimberley.Gardner@ypas.org.uk
Young Person's Advisory Service – G-Zine!
The G-Zine is a new electronic magazine designed, edited and filled with content from the LGBT+ young people who access GYRO and THE Action Youth at YPAS in Liverpool. These young people are aged between 12-25 years old and wanted to celebrate GYRO’s 40th birthday by doing something a little different. It is a little insight into what the young people hold dear to them and some things that they hope you will find interesting and useful.
Please download - read and share.
We hope you enjoy it.
Happy New Year!
2017 is here and we would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy year from all the YPAS staff. We are looking forward to what the year holds and have hit the ground running with the launch of the YPAS Plus Community Hubs. This is a very exciting first half of the year and we are delighted that the signage is now up in the South Liverpool Hub. The plans for the North hub are moving very quickly and we will keep you updated very soon.
The YPAS Plus Community Hubs will deliver an early integrated CAMHS offer under the one roof. Bringing voluntary and statutory agencies together for the benefit of children, young people and their families. YPAS Plus will provide a range of services and links to health, education and social care supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of the community.
Please keep tuned in to our website and social media for further updates about the hubs throughout the year.
50 Golden Balloon Release
YPAS's final event marking our 50th Birthday celebrations was a 50 Golden Balloon release at Albert Dock. The event marks the end of our year long celebrations to highlight 50 years of providing support to the young people of Liverpool. Reaching 50 years is significant for YPAS and the city as it allows continuity of important work done with services across health, education and social care to give young people a better life.
This year has been a true celebration for YPAS in terms of mile stones and we’ve reached a lot in 50 years, especially in the last ten. Here's to the next 50 years!!
YPAS Plus Community Hub South Liverpool
We are hosting three days of Open Days in December they will take place on the 12th, 13th & 14th December and sessions will be running from 10-1pm, 2-5pm & 6-8pm on each of the three days.
These events are an opportunity for the CAMHS partners & community/voluntary groups to showcase their services to local parents, children and young people. We will be facilitating a range of activities throughout the day that CYP & families can get involved with, such as Christmas craft activities, LGBTQ+ awareness sessions, badge making, and many more!
YPAS staff and our CAHMS partners will be providing some taster sessions of what they can offer to the local community there will be a range of agencies providing information and answering questions to people in attendance.
If you would like to come and get involved then please get in touch with the South Hub Community Hub Coordinator Paula Smith on email@example.com or call 07496508775.
We have invited a range of CYP from the local community so if you have a cohort of YP you would like to attend please let us know the numbers and when you would like them to come. We look forward to seeing you there!
The South YPAS Plus Hub is located on Lyndene Road L25 1NG – previously Child Wall Youth & Community Centre.
ROB SMASHES HIS TARGET!
YPAS counsellor Robert Quinn has pushed himself to the limit this year raising £2016 for the Young Person’s Advisory Service. Rob set out in December 2015 to complete 12 challenges in 12 months with a target of £1000. Rob has completed every event over the year and has more than doubled his target, which is a fantastic achievement!
2016 is YPAS’s 50th year in supporting children, young people and families and delivering mental health services in Liverpool. YPAS aims to deliver services in an environment that allows children, young people and families to feel safe, valued, respected, included and motivated. From counselling, support, group work and health.
“It has been amazing to have the opportunity to raise money for such a great organisation. I am coming away with a lot of great memories and I am blown away by the support and the total amount donated. Thank you to everyone!”
We are overwhelmed that Rob raised £2016 during our 50th birthday year 2016! This was certainly meant to be! HUGE WELL DONE from everyone at YPAS. We are all really proud of you Rob!
5th Dec 2015 - Santa Dash
17th Jan 2016 - Liverpool Winter 10k Run
21st Feb 2016 - Great North West Half Marathon
13th March 2016 - Liverpool Half Marathon
April 2016 - Liverpool Loop Line Cycle
29th May 2016 - Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon
19th June 2016 - Mersey Tunnel 10k Run
July 2016 – Climb Snowdon
14th Aug 2016 - Liverpool Triathlon
11th Sept 2016 - Wirral Half Marathon
2nd Oct 2016 – Chester Marathon
19th Nov 2016 – Liverpool Morunners 10k
YPAS CELEBRATE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE
A fantastic night was had by all at YPAS's 50th Birthday Ball. The night was held at the Crypt Hall inside the stunning Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral with over 200 people in attendance.
Thank you to everyone who came to our special event and made it a night to remember.
The event was held to celebrate 50 years of providing support to the young people of Liverpool. Reaching 50 years is significant for YPAS and the city as it allows continuity of important work done with services across health, education and social care to give young people a better life.
This year has been a true celebration for YPAS in terms of mile stones and we’ve reached a lot in 50 years, especially in the last ten. We wanted to celebrate in a big and bold way and the ball absolutely ticked that box.
What an amazing evening at the Crypt (Metropolitan Cathedral), celebrating YPAS’s 50th Birthday. I was overwhelmed to see and feel the togetherness at our event; strategic leads, ward counsellors, colleagues from health, education and social care, trustees and my hard working teams. I felt proud sharing the journey of the charity through its 5 decades of mental health provision. The evening was topped off with a YPAS flash Mob, which again speaks volumes about team cohesion and making things happen. Well Done YPAS, your proud CEO – Monique Collier
Our final event to mark our 50th year celebrations will be 50 Golden Balloon release to taking place on Friday 16th December.
Special Thanks for supporting us with our Ball goes out to:
Feathers Catering and Events http://www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/catering
The Crypt Hall – Events Team http://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/venue-hire/the-crypt-hall/
A Box of Sparks (evening entertainment) www.anfieldagency.co.uk
Zest Event Management www.zesteventmanagement.com
You Pose Photo Booth www.youpose.co.uk
DJ Dave Bolton Twitter @TheMrDJB
IE Audio www.ieaudiohire.co.uk
You Are Here - 29th Nov- Sun 4th Dec
This is a working collaboration with ‘Thinking Film’ and ‘Tate Liverpool’ and the LGBT+ groups at YPAS as part of Homotopia festival.
You Are Here is a pop-up museum of LGBT+ history on Merseyside. Personal artefacts donated by the region’s LGBT+ community will go on display at Tate Liverpool, from 29 November to 04 December. A digital archive, produced by Thinking Film, will complement the museum (with screenings to be announced).
You Are Here is delivered in partnership with GYRO, the UK’s longest running LGBT+ youth group, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016. Young people attending the youth group will curate the museum, sharing local LGBT+ history with new and diverse audiences.
You Are Here aims to raise awareness of LGBT+ history, educating audiences and celebrating the people who have made the region a better and brighter place for LGBT+ people.
If you have an artefact that you’d like to donate to the pop-up museum, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Any artefacts donated will be returned to you.
For more information about the Homotopia festival visit: http://www.homotopia.net/festival-item/you-are-here/#.WCHDbtWLS70
You can also contact our GYRO team on: email@example.com
TDoR – Trans Day of Remembrance
YPAS Staff and members of THE Action Youth will be at the raising of the Trans flag at City Hall on Friday 18th November and will be attending the vigil (details in the above link) on Monday 21st November- the actual date for TDoR is Sat 20th Nov.
Videos created with Trans young people from TAY will be played at the vigil and staff and young people will hopefully be speaking at the event on Mon 21st Nov at Liverpool Exchange Railway 6pm-8pm. Everyone is invited to attend.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
YPAS Drop In working together with Street League, a Fantastic project in Liverpool for young people.
Street League is the UK’s leading sport for employment charity. At Street League you play sport everyday and learn the key skills to move into work.
YPAS Drop-In service supported young people with this opportunity by arranging a meeting with the Street League team.
Quick Overview of the project:
Three young people from YPAS have now signed up for the project which is fantastic. We wish them good luck with the programme!
Our YPAS Drop-In staff help young people to identify their abilities and encourage them to meet their potential in an environment that is conducive to their needs. The Street League opportunity is one of many opportunities that our staff can support young people with.
For more information about YPAS Drop-In Service click HERE
For more information about street league please visit www.streetleague.co.uk
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all who attended and helped out with our Halloween Ball. We were delighted with event and hope everyone had a fantastic night.
Over 130 people joined us at the Black-E in Liverpool, with LGBT+ youth groups from Halton, Rhyl, Manchester, Warrington, Sefton, Wirral, all together in one room.
A great success for GYRO’s 40th Birthday celebrations, for YPAS and for LGBT+ young people from the Northwest.
Innovative project aims to improve wellbeing of city’s primary school pupils
Thousands of primary schoolchildren in Liverpool will benefit from an innovative new project to help improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
SEEDLINGS, an early intervention therapeutic service, is being launched by PSS - Spinning World and the Young Person’s Advisory Service.
The joint initiative will offer more than 120 primary schools within Liverpool access to therapeutic services, providing an environment in which children feel safe enough to explore and express difficult feelings and experiences.
Seedlings is delivered in partnership by PSS and YPAS, the Seedlings team works with children to explore and process feelings that are troubling them and develop confidence in expressing themselves. This CAMHS service is funded by Liverpool CCG.
Lynn Learman, Service Manager of PSS’s Spinning World project, said:
“Sometimes when children are growing up changes at home or at school can be difficult to deal with. The Seedlings Team support the emotional needs of children, allowing them to develop and grow and to build their own resilience. Difficult feelings can affect relationships with important people in our lives. When these feelings are expressed in therapy it becomes easier to understand and make sense of them. It is through this understanding it is hoped that children can come to terms with their difficult feelings, feel empowered and find new ways to express themselves. Play therapy, counselling and art therapy are among the techniques that will be used to work with children, with parents or carers being able to directly refer their children to the project via their school."
Nicky Martin, Counselling and Psychotherapy Service Manager at the Young Persons Advisory Service, said: “Early intervention is the key to assisting children to reach their full potential. Expression through art and play with the support of an experienced therapeutic practitioner can heal emotional difficulties, leading to healthier relationships, more enjoyment in life and improved educational attainment. Practitioners working closely with parents, carers and teachers supports the resilience building process enhancing the child’s capacity to feel safe to learn, grow and take part in their community.”
For more information please download the Seedlings leaflet below or
Contact us on: 0151 707 1025 or email email@example.com
Taking YPAS to the top of the world!
A huge WELL DONE to our North Community Hub Coordinator Janine who has trekked all the way Everest Base Camp! What an amazing achievement. From everyone at YPAS we are all so proud! And Thank You for the 50th birthday wishes from 17,600ft
Liverpool Mental Health Festival #lmhf16
Now in its 7th year, the festival runs from the 1st – 16th October 2016, featuring a host of activities and events including dance, music, talks, workshops and more. The festival
programme is packed with art, films, training, workshops - all FREE.
During the festival YPAS are running various events and will have stall at the following:
Williamson Square Celebration - 8th October, 10-5pm @Williamson Square
YPAS will down in Williamson Square where there will be various other stalls, information, street theatre, roller skating demonstrations, drumming and opportunities or you to take part. Guest speakers include the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Roz Gladden, The Mayoral Lead for Mental Health Joanne Calvert an Dr. Sandra Oelbaum from Liverpool CCG.
Schools Open Space Event - 10th October @Bridge Chapel, Heath Road
Established by the Liverpool Safeguarding Children’s Board, Schools Open Space Liverpool brings together schools and agencies that support and protect the welfare of local children.In collaboration with the Liverpool Children & Young People’s Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Partnership, this event is an opportunity to network and share good practice
World Mental Health Week Event - 10th October, 12-2pm @Knowsley College
YPAS will have a stall at the Knowsley College event on 10th October,at Stockbridge Lane site, celebrating and raising awareness for World Mental Health Week. Come along to our stand for more information, leaflets and a friendly smile.
Open Day - 8th October, 12-5pm @36 Bolton Street
YPAS will be open from 12-5pm to the public. Our staff will be available all day. There will be refreshments and snacks in our drop-in space as well as an open space for young people to perform music, readings, poetry etc around mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Intergenerational Trans* Evening - 10th October, 4:30-7pm @36 Bolton Street
THE Action Youth (YPAS’s Trans* Youth group) is organising an Intergenerational Trans* evening.Throughout the evening there will be music, inspirational guest speakers, short films, badge making and refreshments. The event is free to attend. If you require any more information, please contact Paul Rooney on 0151 702 6087 or email Paul.R@ypas.org.uk
Liverpool Hope Health & Wellbeing Festival -11th October @Liverpool Hope Uni
YPAS will have a stall at the Liverpool Hope Health and Wellbeing Festival on 11th October. Celebrating and raising awareness for World Mental Health Week. Come along to our stand for more information, leaflets and a friendly smile.
World Mental Health Week Event - 12th October, 12-2pm @Knowsley College
YPAS will have a stall at the Knowsley College event on 12th October,at Princess Drive site, celebrating and raising awareness for World Mental Health Week. Come along to our stand for more information, leaflets and a friendly smile.
Young Person’s Awards Night - September 2016
YPAS recently hosted our Young Person’s Awards night at The Black-E, Great George Street, Liverpool. It was a fantastic night to celebrate and showcase how proud we are of our young people. YPAS are a leading Liverpool charity, delivering mental health services for children, young people and families. And it was an honor to bring together some of the people we have recently worked with.
The award categories were as follows:
Advocate of The Year - Young people who have used their voice to represent someone else who could not speak up for themselves.
Young Ambassador (x3) – Our winners of this category have been selected because of their hard work, commitment, and dedication in ensuring the rights of young people are taken seriously.
Future Leader - Young person with the most potential to go on and do great things for their community.
GP Champion – Our GP Champion has been selected for their commitment to the creation, development and delivery of a training resource which encourages GP practices within our city to model best practice when working with young people.
Out & Proud - Young LGBT+ activist of the year
Confidence & Self Esteem – The winner of this award is a perfect example of someone who has developed their confidence and self-esteem by actively engaging within our service.
Trans Role Model - Young Trans* person that represents their community with the most passion.
Community Carer or Young Carer – Someone who provides this level of care whilst continuing to pursue their own aspirations, which is truly inspirational to all that know them.
Team Player - Young person who unites a group
Incredible Years – For commitment to the Incredible Years program and the ongoing process of change.
Mountain Climber - Young person who has faced so much adversity but has risen above it all and conquered it.
Family – A family who have risen above their difficulties to change their lives for the better.
Young Parent of The Year - Young person who has worked hard at being the best parent they can be.
The night was a huge success.
The Chair of YPAS Trustees Andy Kerr, who is also Programme Delivery Manager (Mental Health) at Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“Well done to all the young people who received an award the YPAS ceremony! I know the awards are a small sample of all the massive achievements made by children and young people at YPAS day in day out, and that nominations are generously made by young people themselves for one another. I was immensely inspired by everyone who took part – winners and nominations alike. Truly a wonderful night!!!”
We are so proud of all of the young people and families that access YPAS services and we hope you enjoyed the night as much as us!
YPAS reaching out to the Community - YPAS Plus
This week sees a landmark celebration for the Young Person’s Advisory Service (YPAS) and the Liverpool Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Partnership as contracts have been signed and the keys have been officially handed over to YPAS to begin setting up the first of 2 Community Hubs.
The YPAS Plus Community Hubs will deliver an early integrated CAMHS offer under the one roof. Bringing voluntary and statutory agencies together for the benefit of children, young people and their families. YPAS Plus will provide a range of services and links to health, education and social care supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of the community.
YPAS is a leading Liverpool charity that has been delivering mental health services for children, young people and families for over 50 years; we receive over 3000 referrals each year and work with over 200 families every year. Due to the consistent high demand for YPAS services, we need to be providing services at a faster rate, seamlessly within communities, providing easier access by reaching out to communities themselves. The funding from Liverpool’s Clinical Commissioning Group will now provide a North Liverpool and South Liverpool Community Hub which alongside the established YPAS city centre location will be a fantastic offer for Liverpool and a huge positive impact on the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of the communities.
South Liverpool, Childwall keys have been handed over his week and work will begin on renovating the building. There will also be a timetable of community engagements events coming very soon.
Dr Simon Bowers, GP at Fulwood Green Medical Centre and CCG Clinical lead for children and young people said:
"It is a really exciting time for Liverpool as we take forward our transformation plan which aims to make the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people everyone's business. The development of YPAS plus is part of Liverpool's vision and ambition to improve access to mental health and emotional wellbeing support for children and young people up to the age of 25 years.
"The three hubs are designed to provide early help to support children, young people and their families' mental health and emotional wellbeing. They provide open access and a range of support delivered by a partnership of Child and Adolescent mental health providers. The hubs have been developed following wide consultation with children, young people and families who want easy and quick access to help, information and support."
Further information on the CAMHS transformation plan can be found on:
Monique Collier Chief Executive of YPAS said:
“I am very excited to announce our first PLUS Community Hub – SOUTH location
Our model is Partnership Led consisting of the delivery partnership of CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and broader services across health, education and social care. We aim to support the mental health and emotional well-being needs of community based children, young people and families by providing an integrated model of delivery that consists of support and therapeutic services provided by the right person at the right time from the right place. We have a lot to prove in a relatively small window of time. However, the commitment of the partnership providers together with the needs and commitment of local communities, we are confident the model will evidence early outcomes. I would like to thank ward counsellors Pauline Walton, Ruth Bennett & Helen Thompson community volunteers Deb Clisham and all the EMB team, Reverend Jane of St. Marks Church, Sharon Williams of Netherely Youth & Community Initiative
All members of the Netherley Youth & Community Initiative Forum & Viv Graham & all the PSS team at Belle Vale Millennium Centre, and thank you to local authority members, Cathy Griffiths, Paula Hobbs & Yvonne Maddocks for their commitment & continued support.”
We will keep you updated with the progress of our YPAS Plus hubs through our website and social media.
Intergenerational Trans* Evening
As part of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival, THE Action Youth (YPAS’s Trans* Youth group) is organising an Intergenerational Trans* evening.
The event will be held at YPAS (36 Bolton Street) on Monday 10th October, 4.30pm to 7pm
Throughout the evening there will be music, inspirational guest speakers, short films, badge making and refreshments. The event is free to attend.
It is important for young Trans people to realise that they are at the beginning of their journey through life and this event will shed some light on the challenges and successes that the Trans community experience in Liverpool.
If you require any more information, please contact Paul Rooney on 0151 702 6087 or email Paul.R@ypas.org.uk
For more information about the Liverpool Mental Health Festival visit: https://issuu.com/lmhc/docs/liverpool_mental_health_festival_20_b686c8a73d044c/1?e=26152280/38765287
YPAS Robert's fund raising continues as he completes event 10 of 12!
With only 2 events left in his yearly long calendar of events YPAS Consellor Robert Quinn has recenly completed the Liverpool Triathlon and Wirral Half Marathon and climbed Snowdon all to raise money for YPAS.
We are so proud of the huge effort he has put in this year and wish him luck for the last 2 challenges which are a full marathon and the Liverpool morunners 10k.
If you would like to sponsor Robert please visit his Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=RobertQuinn
Student defies mental health difficulties to celebrate on A Level results day
A fantasic article was recently featured in the Liverpool Echo featuring a teenage girl who battled mental health troubles and is now celebrating suberb A Level Results from the City of Liverpool College.
The full article can be read here:http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/student-defies-mental-health-difficulties-11768405
YPAS employ a Student Mental Health Advisor at the City of Liverpool College to support students mental health and emotional wellbeing. The advisor works with students studying at The City of Liverpool College whose education is impacted by their mental health and emotional well-being difficulties. The Mental Health Advisor will provide mental health assessment, mental health support, mental health 1:1 intervention, develop care plans, make appropriate referral for support, liaise with external agencies to support individual mental health needs, and advocate on behalf of young people to ensure education attainment. It is fantastic that this support is avaialbe to all students at the college to assist young people to reach thier full potential
There is more information about the City of Liverpool College's Mental Health Support and how to contact them on thier website: https://my.liv-stu.co.uk/information/support/health-wellbeing/mental-health-support/
Liverpool Pride YPAS Youth Space Success
YPAS had over 100 people come through the door for our “Youth Space” event to celebrate Liverpool Pride. It was amazing to see some family in attendance too, as allies are of great
importance to our community and their support had us brimming with Pride. Young people took part in the parade and came back for some amazing music, games, cake and food. An amazing day had my all,
maybe the best Liverpool Pride yet!?
Young people also performed on the Garden stage at the festival, giving powerful moving speeches and singing songs. Everyone at YPAS and GYRO and THE Action Youth couldn’t be more proud of all the young LGBTQ+ people who took part in the day. It is amazing to see so much solidarity and visibility from young people.
Phone: 0151 702 6087