Some of our young people have been involved in the making of the below videos with local film-makers and Liverpool Pride.
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 receives generous donation from Lodge St Peter (Cheshire)
Recently YPAS received a generous donation of £305 from Lodge St Peter (Cheshire).
A huge thank you to Lodge St Peter (Cheshire), their donation is greatly appreciated from all at YPAS.
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: https://www.riverside.org.uk/your-neighbourhood/case-studies-communities/childwall-emb/
For more information about our Thrive group click here:
Are we listening? A review of children and young people’s mental health services
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
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: http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2018-03-26/children-in-north-west-face-double-whammy-of-poverty-and-bad-schools/
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
YPAS aims to deliver the highest possible service to children, young people and families. We accept that you may want to make a complaint, compliment or comment on the service you received past or present. please use our online form to do so: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LX8CN88
Here is some recent feedback we wanted to share:
YPAS have always been here to help me and my friends when we have needed it, they offer great services and they deserve more funding
YPAS has been a major help for me over the last few years. It has helped me build my self-esteem and made my mental health much better. The workers there are lovely and supportive and easy to talk to. I regularly attend the 18 to 25 Gyro group and I have made many friends there who access their services that I could not see my life without them. YPAS has helped me and other friends through difficult situations. Without YPAS I would have not perused higher education, after many failed attempts and got there overwhelmingly successfully and I now have long term career goals because of the supportive and welcoming environment YPAS provides. To say that YPAS has had a positive impact on my life would be an understatement
YPAS has helped me so much in the past year and I'm so thankful for the support I've been given. I don't know how I'd cope without YPAS and the amazing staff and people that I have met there
I want to thank all the staff at YPAS not just the LGBTQ+ groups staff for the amazing support, myself and my 3 children have all had through counselling sessions and support groups. we are blessed to have such a place in Liverpool. More funding is needed though to shorten waiting lists and to be able to keep offering and expand the quality services that our community need and deserve. Thank you YPAS. X
I just want to express my sheer gratitude to YPAS, the staff and the regular attendees/overseers of the Drop-In. Most of all, Id like to say thank you to Andrew Ford. We met in August 2012 when I was just 16 and about to enter Sixth Form (the first time). The warmth which radiated off him during sessions were among the leading components which formed the foundations of my current mental stability. I was angry when I found out about the cuts to YPAS' budget, feeling annoyed with myself for not being able to help counter the effects of those cuts. As long as I have the means to do so, I will do/give what I can as I refuse to see YPAS go into the ground. Ask Andy or Rowley about me and they'll tell you that once I've decided to do something, then it's as good as done.
The course with YPAS was brilliant and so helpful me and my child have learnt so much about life and enjoyment, sharing ,loving and respecting. I myself have learnt so many life skills that i would take with me in the future. I believe that this course will improve mine and my child's life in the future . I would like to thank Gayle and Alex and all the girls on the course for all their help.
I would like to say YPAS is a wonderful service and have really helped my family and myself over the last 14 weeks. I would highly recommend this service to other people. Staff are wonderful and very helpful
Up and Coming Parent and Carers Events
14th March 10am-12pm Coffee morning at YPAS Plus South Hub, Lyndene Road for parents and carers. Contact Sharon@ypas.org.uk for more information.
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.
WELL DONE EVERYONE!!
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!
NOW Festival: http://nowfestliv.co.uk/
Liverpool CAMHS Partnership: https://www.liverpoolcamhs.com/
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:
QUICK READ INFO HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision-a-green-paper/quick-read-transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision
CONSULTATION ON THE GREEN PAPER CLOSES 2nd MARCH 2018: https://engage.dh.gov.uk/youngmentalhealth/children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-consultation/
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: https://audioboom.com/channel/RadioCity/episodes
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: https://audioboom.com/posts/6598591-mental-health-marathon-chris-porter-ypas
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: https://audioboom.com/posts/6598089-mental-health-marathon-liverpool-camhs
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:
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:
Liverpool Santa Dash 2017
The UK's Biggest Festive 5k
This year a team of 13 Santa’s will be taking part in the Liverpool 5k Santa Dash to raise money for the Young Person's Advisory Service.
Sunday 3rd December will see our team of 10 red and 3 blue Santa's, along with 1000's of Santa's taking over the streets of Liverpool.
Please Sponsor our team to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of Liverpool’s Children, Young People and Families.
To Sponsor our Team:
Text: YPAS17 £3 (or any amount) to 70070
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!
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