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So proud to announce that YPAS is a finalist in this year’s Liverpool Echo Awards for:




This award is for a charity organisation who supports people from Merseyside in their hour of need.


The award is to recognise charity organisations who make a real difference to the lives of people from our region.


Fingers crossed on the night!!







The event takes place 20th September at the Rum Warehouse, Stanley Dock


Such exciting news!!!!



UK/USA young activists' workshop

On 1st August young people from YPAS spent the day working with visiting international students from all over USA as part of a project called Experiment in International Living. The workshop, “We are far more united than the things that divide us”  challenged participants to explore issues that matter to them and share their vision for positive change. These ideas were shared in the afternoon through a Zine making workshop with Comics Youth and the young people looked forward to the next day when the group had arranged a Q and A session with MP Dan Carden and Cllr Harry Doyle.


This was an brilliant event over two days for young people to collaborate and celebrate their hopes and plans for the future, as well as understanding more about political processes and making a connection with political leaders.


credit to our photographer Ben Saunders

Liverpool Pride 2019 a huge success


WOW is one word to sum up the Youth Zone at this years Liverpool Pride. We are so lucky to be involved in creating this years first safe space for young people at pride and it was a huge success. The rain didnt stop us. The banners, placards and all the glitter looked amazing!

Chris Porter, Team Lead at YPAS and member of our GYRO Team added:  “On behalf of the LGBTQ+ team and wider staff team at YPAS we’d like to say a  massive THANK YOU for all the hard work that was put in to making the Youth Zone a successful energetic and positive safe space. If you were there you’ll know there were so many amazing individuals, groups and organisations that made it a hive of activity. We know there is room for improvement which is a good thing for future events. Pride is a protest, the march was a chance for our young people to let their feelings about this be known. They know their history and want their Rights. The Youth zone helped them escape the rain, express themselves and feel safe and included in Pride, after all it’s their community and their Pride too.”


Our GYRO team also got a mention in the Liverpool Echo in the top 59 inspirational LGBTQ+ people in Liverpool. We are so proud of our staff and the hardwork they put in and this is brilliant recognition!

Art Activist - Are You An Activist?

A creative project, by The Proud Trust, that promotes Artivism - using art and performance as a means of raising awareness of a particular issue, and as a vehicle to evoke change.

In 2019 the Art Activist showcase took place in Liverpool, hosted by our GYRO Team on Saturday 18 May.

The film was produced by LGBTQ+ young people, attending GYRO, and Thinking Film.

Thinking Film delivers I'm Coming Out, funded by BBC Children in Need, a filmmaking project providing a voice to LGBTQ+ young people in Merseyside.


THANK YOU to all our young people who supported his campaign and to Danny Kilbride from Thinking Film.


Positive Vibes and affirmations sending peace, love and light #Mandela67


YPAS have joined other voluntary sector projects to deliver the Liverpool #Mandela67 project and raise awareness of Mandela’s fight for peace and social justice.


Our young people from SKY have been out and about in Liverpool's city centre distributing 67 positive regard wishes written on 67 banana leaves across various iconic places in Liverpool.




Join Our Team!


We are recruiting for various new roles including:




 - Children & Young People Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG) Worker x 4


- Children & Young People Therapist x 1


- YPAS – Receptionist and Admin Assistant (Central) x 1


- YPAS – Receptionist and Admin Assistant (South) x 1PT



Have a look on our OPPORTUNITIES page for more information and full details on how to apply.

YPAS & EMB Community Family Fun Day   - celebrating 60yrs of the Hartsbourne estate


A fantastic day was had by all at the 60th Birthday celebrations of the Hartsbourne Estate. Hosted by Childwall Valley EMB and YPAS South Hub we welcomed over 240 people to the event. The sun did come out for a fabulous afternoon of crazy golf, face painting, tea dance, plants and crafts sale, historic photos and much more.

We also had a special visit from the Lord Mayor on the day.


Thank you to everyone who came long and supported the community family fun day.

YPAS Staff Fun Day


The weather was glorious for our annual staff fun day and it was great for the team to relax and enjoy some activities including gladiator dual, inflatable obstacle course, buzz wire, arts and crafts and a relaxation area. Not all of our staff see each other on a dailiy basis so it was great for the team to all be together enjoying some sunshine and food.


Below are a few photo highlights from the day


Thank you to 0151 Entertainment for suppling the games

 and The Stiped Pig for our food.


A great day was had by all!

YPAS staff member Alex climbs Mount. Kilimanjaro


Alex Hartley, who is a Support Services staff member at YPAS, made the once in a life time trip to Tanzania to conquer Kilimanjaro.


Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain, and the tallest free standing mountain in the world, standing at over 5800m. Alex and her partner Lee were fundraising for YPAS, CALM and the Communities for Africa.


Alex added: 

It was an absolutely amazing experience and I absolutely loved every minute of the trip. The mountain, the scenery, the views and the people were all wonderful. A once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget!



A huge THANK YOU from YPAS to them both for fund raising for us.


We are all really proud of you, What an Achievement!!


National Philanthropy Centre visit YPAS


Karen from NPC recently visited YPAS as part of a national evaluation of Youth Investment Funded projects.  YPAS have been invited to be one of only four projects to take part in this national evaluation whilst on the visit Karen met the team of youth workers at YPAS, CYP & families as well as other important stakeholders in our Youth Investment Fund projects – THRIVE, Smarty’s & SKY.  The visit allowed Karen to observe practice of youth workers facilitating groups, hold 1:1 interviews with a range of stakeholders such as parents, Police officers, and colleagues from the Walker Art Gallery.  Karen also met YP who attend the Thrive & Sky groups at YPAS central.  The visit was a roaring success with lots of lovely feedback from CYP who use our services and their parents & stakeholders!! 



On Saturday 18th May GYRO and THE Action Youth hosted Being Proud Awards and Art Activist 2019.  It was a great success with over 135 people attending.


Art Activist is a creative project that promotes Artivism – using art and performance as a means of raising awareness of a particular issue, and as a vehicle to evoke change. 

This can mean:

  • Visual art (painting, sculpture, drawing, photographs, film)
  • Creative writing (including poetry, fiction and non-fiction)
  • Performance (e.g. acting, singing, dancing, spoken word)


The winner of the 2019 #ArtActivist was GLOW Halton, which means next year’s event will be hosted once again in the Liverpool City Region!


Paul Rooney, LGBTQ+ Information Advice and Guidance Worker at YPAS said:

GYRO and THE Action Youth were extremely proud to host Art Activist this year with the support of The Proud Trust and Liverpool John Moore’s University.   IM Marsh campus was a perfect setting for the event that saw the culmination of months of hard work and creativity from LGBTQ+ young people from across the North West.  The numbers in attendance and the quality of the creative projects that youth groups presented on the day far exceeded our expectations and showcased, not only the talents of LGBTQ+ young people, but also the importance of activism for LGBTQ+ young people as a means to get their voices heard and to come together and support each other as a community (and to have loads of fun whilst doing it!).


#ArtActivist 2019 

Stonewall Young Campaigner of the Year Ben Saunders


We are so proud to announce that Ben Saunders, who is a young person from THE Action Youth at YPAS has won Stonewall Young Campaigner of the Year. 


Bestselling author Juno Dawson has awarded Ben Saunders Stonewall’s Young Campaigner of the Year. The event marked the end of this year’s Stonewall’s Young Campaigner’s Programme, which aims to empower young people to develop and run campaigns that tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within their communities.

Ben, aged 17, had created a small film which featured voices from transgender people across the North West. The documentary explored the experiences and hardships faced by trans youth in schools, and highlighted the importance of LGBTQ-inclusive education.


The film that was a large part of him winning the award was filmed at YPAS.  Ben also presented at Transgender day of Visibility for GYRO and THE Action Youth, presenting his research that went in the making of the film.


We are so proud of you Ben!


read the full article here:


See Bens film here:

YPAS Young Ambassador trip of a lifetime to America


YPAS Young Ambassador Adam Evans has recently returned from a trip to America as part of the Youth for Social Cohesion Program.


Adam applied and was successful with World Learning who are partners with the U.S. Embassy in London for the 2019 Program. The program took ten UK participants (18-25) to the U.S. for a 15-day exchange focused on building resilient communities to prevent violent extremism and promote hope and inclusion. During the 2019 U.S. exchange, participants visited three diverse locations – Washington, DC; Detroit, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois – to explore topics and issues related to promoting social cohesion and to engage in discussions, sharing best practices with U.S. peers, schools and communities.


On his return to the UK Adam told us:


“My trip was a very informative and really enjoyable experience. I feel very humbled and honoured to have been a part of the Youth Exchange on Social Cohesion 2019.

I travelled to Washington DC, Detroit, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois. During my trip I was able to visit lots of community groups and think tanks, schools and Universities to focus on social cohesion and to tackle inequality. It was also really interesting to visit cultural landmarks such as the White House, the Lincoln memorial and the Washington monument.

Overall, I had a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone.”


What a fantastic opportunity for Adam, we are so proud of you!



About World Learning: World Learning was founded 85 years ago on the belief that international exchange programs cultivate intercultural understanding and create leaders who are equipped to address the world’s most complex problems. Exchanges remain central to our mission to advance leadership and strengthen communities around the world.

Everytime you shop you can help raise money for YPAS


For anyone that shops at thier local Co-op or on Amazon you can help support for YPAS in the following ways:



By becoming a member of Co-op for just £1 you can choose YPAS as your charity of choice. You will receive vouchers to spend in store, when you purchase any goods from the Co-op brand. YPAS then receives 1% from the total spend.

Click the link for more info:


YPAS are now a registered charity on Amazon Smile!

For anyone that shops on Amazon you can now select YPAS as your chosen charity, and at no additional cost to you,  Amazon will donate 0.5% of your net purchase price to YPAS

Follow this link to sign up:


Thank you to all our supporters and fundraisers.

Thank You to The Torus Foundation who have awarded SKY Central £500!!


To ensure that young adults are supported in finding affordable homes; making Propertypool, Bank and Universal Credit applications and to also assist them to gain equal opportunities within the world of educational, employment and voluntary positions though completing CV’s and online application forms we will be utilising the £500 for updating IT equipment in the Computer room.


The Torus Foundation vision is based around growing stronger communities, including places where people have access to the best life chances and opportunities to learn and earn. For more information about the foundation visit:

YPAS young people featured in Liverpool Pride videos talking about Hate Crime and its impact

Some of our young people have been involved in the making of the below videos with local film-makers and Liverpool Pride.

The videos discuss hate crime and its impact. 
Produced by Thinking Film 
YPAS Receives generous donation from Cronton College Medical Society

A big thank you to Cronton College Medical Society who raised an amazing £250 for YPAS by having bake sales and throwing wet sponges at teachers for cash! 

YPAS Trustee talks to Lorraine Kelly about his own battles with Mental Health

Last Thursday (10/05/2018) One of our trustees Jake Mills appeared on Lorraine to discuss his battle with depression. 


This interview comes four years on from his first interview with Lorraine where he shared his story of attempted suicide. 


YPAS Plus South Hub secure funding for Thrive group


YPAS Youth Workers Hannah & Claire were successful in gaining £250 funding from Childwall Valley Estate Management Board (EMB)


Hannah & Claire applied for the local funding from EMB who support activities for residents from the Hartsbourne estate where the YPAS Plus hub is located. The funding was used to take young people from the YPAS Thrive group to the local Laser Quest and for food afterwards. The young people and staff who supported them had a fantastic day out and thank EMB for the funding to allow the trip to go-ahead.


The EMB and Riverside work together on community involvement and issues that could affect tenants such as welfare reform, money matters, training and employment support and developing our community garden walled project. The EMB is directed by tenants and residents from the Hartsbourne estate who delegate duties to staff to carry out housing management duties.


EMB manager Carol Lyons added:


“The EMB along with members of the Hartsbourne Forum are committed in helping to fund and support a range of activities across the community aimed at improving the quality of life for residents and their families, we hope this continues in the future.”



For more information about EMB Riverside visit:


For more information about our Thrive group click here:


Are we listening? A review of children and young people’s mental health services


Over the past few months, children, young people, parents and carers from the Liverpool CAMHS partnership have been in consultation with the Care Quality Commission following the review of young people’s mental health services.
They expressed their views in relation to changes they felt were needed to ensure mental health was a priority.


Out of the 10 things the group suggested seven were used in the review as recommendations to cities across the country to raise awareness, promote positive mental health and improve access to services.

During the review process, one of the YPAS Young Ambassadors - Jess asked the question 'Are you really listening to us?' She was subsequently invited to London to attend the official launch of the review paper, called 'Are we really listening?' 


The CQC acknowledged throughout the launch that the whole report had been so named “Are We Listening”, due to Jess’s questions during the consultation  with CQC officer Gary Risdale, who says that he continued to hold all colleagues to account throughout the process reminding them continually that they needed to answer what came to be known as the “Jess question” to clearly show how they were listening.


The report describes the findings of this independent review of the system of services that support children and young people’s mental health.


The Prime Minister requested a review of quality and access across the system of mental health services for children and young people. This report marks the second phase of that review. Read the report from phase one.


The report draws on evidence gathered from fieldwork in 10 health and wellbeing board areas in England. Read the full report here.

Growing up North


A report by The Children's Commissioner for England has found that pupils in the North West are less likely to do well in secondary schools ITV Granada Reports covered the news 26.03.18 & interviewed our YPAS Plus South Community Hub Coordinator as part of the feature.





You can also read the news report by ITV here:

Global Scouse Day


Our "Scouse Washing Line" created for Global Scouse Day and proudly displayed in Sefton Park's Palm House during their Global Scouse Day event.

Our young people from Smarty’s and Thrive worked really hard to create it and all staff worked hard to make it happen so a big thank you to everyone involved.



The "In My Liverpool Home" display at Sefton Park Palm House. is on until Friday 2nd March 10am-4pm til Fri, admission is FREE


GYRO Group Performance Wins Award at NOW Festival 2018

We are so proud and delighted for our young people who won The ‘Team Spirit Award’ at this years NOW Festival. It perfectly captures the attitude of the young people who pulled together and overcame their nerves, wobbly self-esteem and confidence and creative differences to deliver an award winning performance!


Their performance was entitled: Teach The Teachers: A Manifesto for Change.

The manifesto highlights how LGBTQ+ young people believe that some schools may be in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  This is based upon their experience of not feeling safe and supported in school, in order to access their universal right to an education.  This piece presented their manifesto in dramatic form, alongside the ‘Teach the Teachers’ song, which conveys their message on the importance of feeling safe and supported within school in order for LGBTQ+ young people to thrive.




Chris Porter – YPAS Support Services Team Lead added:

"We are so happy for how our young people performed. Considering we are talking about young people who traditionally struggle with anxiety, confidence and feeling isolated or rejected due to how they identify under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, we couldn't have wished for a better example for their peers for them to be proud of who they are and stand up for their rights in education. So chuffed!"


Hundreds of children and young people from schools, clubs and youth groups across Liverpool came together to deliver a range of dramatic performances at the Epstein Theatre, exploring the subject of ‘My education, my mental health’. The NOW festival aims to engage young people in a creative discussion around the topic of mental health, through whatever ‘NOW’ issue is chosen by the team and young people’s steering group. With an estimated 1 in 4 people now experiencing some form of mental distress during their lifetime, the NOW Festival provides a platform from which to raise awareness, challenge stigma, and explore ways of building resilience and improving mental health. The NOW Festival takes place during children and young people’s mental health week and gives young people the opportunity to discuss, learn and explore mental health whilst gaining an amazing amount of experience


Suziie Davis - YPAS Social Worker/Participation added:

"The young people gave an outstanding performance which represented examples of LGBT rights that are being denied to some pupils in some schools. As an organisation, we couldn’t be more proud of their piece and of their unwavering determination to illicit change"


We cant wait to get planning for next years festival!


More info:



NOW Festival:

Liverpool CAMHS Partnership:

Government's Green Paper on Children's Mental Health


This green paper is about what the government want to do to help children and young people with their mental health. A green paper is a document where the government states what it wants to do, so that people can tell the government what they think.


Summary: The green paper sets out the ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it.


The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges.

The proposals include:

  • creating a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams
  • every school and college will be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health
  • a new 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas








Intergenerational Community Day YPAS Plus South Community Hub

YPAS Plus South Hub held an Intergenerational Event on Saturday 27th January 2018. The event was for older people in the local community and younger people/families. The free event provided Food, DJ, Quiz, Raffle, Games and the local Liverpool X Factor Contestant Gary Barker singing Rat Pack songs.


The event was funded through the Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS) Community Impact Fund inspired by the Great Get Together organised earlier this year by the family of the late MP Jo Cox.


The Big Liverpool Get-Together Fund, fund projects that bring together people within communities from different backgrounds, of different ages and with different outlooks, to increase mutual understanding and to help people work together to improve their community.


Paula Smith, YPAS Community Hub Coordinator – South  commented  “What a fantastic day! We had over 80 people attend the event from the local community. YPAS services are aimed at children and young people but we wanted to hold this community event to bring all members of the community around the hub together breaking down any barriers between young and old and dissolving any misconceptions. It was a great success and thank you to everyone who supported us on the day"


Special thank you to Margi from Lee Valley Pensioners who arranged raffle and bingo prizes for the event which raised £114.27 towards a trip for young people who access our services to Knowsley Safari Park in the half term.

Luciana Berger Visits YPAS Plus North Hub


We were delighted to welcome Luciana Berger to our North YPAS Plus Hub and show her around the fantastic facilities here in the community. Luciana is a Labour & Co-op MP for Liverpool Wavertree, a Member of the Health Committee and President of the Labour Mental Health Committee.



The YPAS Plus Community Hubs provide a range of services and links to health, education, and social care; supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of the community. During Luciana’s visit to our North Hub, she met children from our neighboring primary school: Mab Lane with whom the hub has a close relationship with. Smarty’s group volunteers were also on hand to speak to Luciana about their work in the community and how welcoming YPAS into the community has already seen a huge benefit.


Of course her visit ended with tea and cake and a chat with our young ambassadors about her latest campaigning activities and discussions around the government green paper for children’s mental health.


Its fantastic to have the support and recognition from Luciana for the community hubs and everyone involved in the afternoon enjoyed her visit.


Radio City’s Mental Health Monday Marathon – a 24 hour live show broadcast from Liverpool’s iconic Radio City Tower was a huge success.!


On Monday 15th January 2018, award winning journalist Mick Coyle embarked on an unprecedented challenge to tackle the stigma around mental health with a full day’s worth of radio broadcasting to shine a light on the issue.


He was joined by special guests, politicians and mental health service providers to open the lid on mental health, exploring why it’s still seen as a taboo subject and what can be done to improve services across the UK. YPAS were delighted to take part in the show and join Mick in the Studio


Mental health champion Jake Mills (YPAS Trustee) was with Mick throughout the 24 hour challenge which was the biggest ever radio show of its kind and the biggest undertaking in the history of Bauer News.


There were some very inspirational and emotional stories over the 24hours, If you missed any of the interviews you can listen again here:


You can listen to Chris Porter one of our Service Leads and GYRO workers speaking on the #MentalHealthMarathon  about support out there for young people battling mental health issues here:


Our Counselling & Psychotherapy Manager Nicky Martin represented the Liverpool CAMHS Partnership alongside ADDVanced Solutions and Barnardos Action with Young Carers and the Interview can be found here:


A fantastic show and very inspirational! Well Done to all the team over at Radio City Talk for making it happen!


A fantastic start to the new year as our Seedlings Project wins a National Children & Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) Award.


So proud to announce The Seedlings Project won an award at the Positive Practice in Mental Health National Awards #PPiMH! The Seedlings Project had been shortlisted for the Contribution to Services Category and successfully came away on the night with a first place trophy and certificate.


The awards evening took place at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday 6th January 2018 hosted by Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham.


Seedlings is an early intervention therapeutic service ran by Young Person’s Advisory Service (YPAS) and PSS – Spinning World. The joint initiative offers 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.


The Contribution to Services award is for an individual or group whose efforts in contributing to improving the quality of their local CYPMH services has been exemplary and inspiring to professionals and children and young people and we could not be any more proud of our team for winning this national award on the night


The awards are supported by Breakthrough MH, #PPiMH Collaborative, NHS England and NW Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


Nicky Martin, Counselling and Psychotherapy Service Manager at YPAS added:

“We are absolutely delighted to have won this national award, it was a real honor to be shortlisted and attend the ceremony itself, but to come away with the winners trophy is fantastic recognition for the Seedlings Project and the work our team does in Liverpool’s Primary Schools. A great start to 2018!”


A Christmas Story....


Christmas can be a very difficult time of year for many people for many different reasons.


YPAS have been very lucky this year and we wanted to share this story with you.......A woman named Cate got in touch recently regarding the offer of a toy at Christmas for children and young people who use our services. 

Cate has been fundraising for the Trussell Trust that supports the Foodbank for a few years now, she holds fundraiser meals in restaurants throughout the year with proceeds going to the Foodbank.


Cate then set up a Facebook page for donations of pre-owned toys that would be given out with food parcels.  This then grew and people started sending new toys – this gave Cate the idea of "Toy Hampers at Christmas Time", last year she enabled 80 children to receive these hampers.  By linking in with Mather Avenue Tesco and Woolton Tesco this year Cate will be able to provide over 130 children with Toy Hampers!


YPAS wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to Cate, Annabel & James (Cate’s children all pictured above) who have worked so hard to collect donations, sort and package them all in age appropriate boxes for the many children and young people who use YPAS services. 


This year we received 49 hampers.  We saw how appreciative the children were when receiving the gifts – so thank you to all the people who donated the gifts as they have been received so graciously.


Thank you so very much all your hard work is very much appreciated – From the YPAS Team.



Seedlings Project Shortlisted for National Children & Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) Awards 2018


We are delighted to announce that the Seedlings Project has been shortlisted for the Contribution to Services Category of the National CYPMH Awards which will take place at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday 6th January 2018 hosted by Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham.


Seedlings is an early intervention therapeutic service ran by Young Person’s Advisory Service (YPAS) and PSS – Spinning World. The joint initiative offers 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.


The Contribution to Services award is for an individual or group whose efforts in contributing to improving the quality of their local CYPMH services has been exemplary and inspiring to professionals and children and young people.


The awards are supported by Breakthrough MH, #PPiMH Collaborative, NHS England and NW Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.


Nicky Martin, Counselling and Psychotherapy Service Manager at YPAS added:

“We are really honored to be shortlisted for this National award. The Seedlings Project focuses on early intervention, which is the key to assisting children to reach their full potential. This is a really special achievement for the Seedlings Team and we are looking forward to the awards ceremony in the New Year”

UK Charity Week December 2017


As part of #UKCharityWeek YPAS staff, Trustees and Young People have been Santa dashing, cake making and non-stop dancing to raise money to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of Liverpool’s children, young people and families.


  • Sunday 3rd: a team of YPAS staff, trustees and young people took part in the Liverpool Santa dash with over 7500 other Santa’s in the city! A special mention goes to Pippa Smith who is 10 years old and not only ran the Santa dash at a super fast speed but she raised an amazing £255 for YPAS.

  • Friday 8th : our Young Ambassadors and staff planned a “fancy-dance-a-thon” to raise money for YPAS, they were  non – stop dancing in fancy dress from 1-3pm

  • Through out the charity week itself some of our young people who attend our daily drop-in SKY group have also been baking cakes and sweet treats and collecting donations.

Kimberley Gardner, Marketing and Communications Officer for YPAS added:

“UK Charity Week is important for YPAS, as the campaign is designed to give people an opportunity to place awareness and fundraising for charities high on the national agenda at a time of the year when people are statistically at their most giving. For YPAS raising our profile is important, and fund raising is a fantastic and fun way to do this, Thank you to everyone who took part in the events and/or donated to YPAS”


Have a look at our photos below:


You can donate to YPAS at anytime of the year to support the #MentalHealth of #Liverpool Children and Young People



TEXT YPAS01 £3 (or any amount) to 70070

19/11/17 YPAS on Sky News Sunday With Niall Paterson


Mental Health Funding Reductions. YPAS service users sharing their stories with Sky News Niall Paterson. Feature includes interview with YPAS CEO Monique Collier, Luciana Berger MP and Dr Simon Bowers from Liverpool CCG.


View news feature below:

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:

  • Met the Pink Therapy standards for reflective practice and supervision support.
  • Is equipped with specialist knowledge about the specific issues our clients face
  • Experienced in delivering GSRD therapy (GSRDT) with the truly welcoming, inclusive approach our clients are seeking.

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!




Recent Feedback


Some really positive feedback from our young people's input at the Trans Hate Crime symposium. There isn't much to add as the feedback speaks for itself #proud


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.


Martha has suffered with her mental health whilst she was in school and told Mick how the services at YPAS really helped her through a tough time and how she believes that there should be a counsellor in every school.

As well as being a Mum, Lynn is part of 'Healthwatch' on Merseyside and gave her views on the recent announcement by Jeremy Hunt that there will be extra money ploughed into the NHS for mental health.

Thank You Lynn and Martha for sharing your story and your kind words about YPAS.

"Everyone Needs a Maureen"

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

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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

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.

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:  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.


For more information about GYRO and THE Action Youth have a look at our website pages or contact us on 0151 707 1252 or email:

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