Project information

School-Based Counselling

Offering our counselling service to young people in Suffolk schools, helping support their emotional and mental wellbeing in an environment where they feel comfortable.

April 2015 - March 2016

Charity information: Suffolk Young People's Health Project (4YP)

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  • Need


    In 2013-14, our counselling service helped 985 young people. The main issues they faced included anger (17.7%), depression (16%), low confidence/self esteem (10.8%), family issues (8%), and anxiety (23.4%). Bullying and self harm are also common. This is caused or made worse by exams, peer pressure, family difficulties, financial trouble, drug and alcohol use, and poor communication skills. As a result, young people may lack friends, qualifications, or motivation to work.


    Counselling offers young people the chance to talk confidentially to trustworthy, experienced, qualified counsellors without being judged. They are supported to talk about their issues and feelings, and learn to explore, understand, and address them.
    We make this service easily-accessibly by offering it in local schools so that even young people living in isolated, rural parts of the county have the support they need.
    In 2013-14, we offered 2339 sessions in schools.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve young people's emotional health to improve their life chances and level of safety.


    » Provide a supportive service to young people who want it at a location, time, and environment they can, and feel comfortable to, access.
    » Listen to and work with each young person to hear, recognise, understand, and address their issues to prevent ongoing problems.
    » Where relevant, help young people recognise and move away from inappropriate relationships and situations of exploitation or abuse.
    » Equip young people with resilience, coping mechanisms, and life, social, and communication skills to support ongoing emotional wellbeing.

    What success will look like

    We securely record numbers of sessions offered and young people accessing the service, reporting to Management Committee and funders in appropriate reports.

    Aim 2

    Provide 1,053 counselling sessions (26 per week) in Suffolk schools to improve emotional wellbeing.


    » Work with each school to identify level of need and aim to provide enough sessions to address it.
    » Negotiate matched funding from each school to maximise the number of counselling sessions offered at their location.
    » Use generous donations from our community fundraising to provide the remaining number of sessions in schools.

    What success will look like

    We know the success of this support by collating young people's feedback through evaluation forms and by consulting with them.

  • Impact


    Improved emotional wellbeing means young people feel better making friends and going to school, and do not so often take part in anti-social behaviour meaning communities feel safer. Self-harm and rates of potential suicide are reduced. Young people can get better grades, communicate more with their families, feel motivated to find work, and generally feel happier.


    Young people may feel apprehensive about counselling. They may be scared to speak about their issues because they fear consequences, such as being blamed or getting into trouble. However, schools assure young people they will not be judged, and counselling is kept strictly confidential. 4YP’s great reputation also reassures them.
    Lack of funding is the main threat to this service, but with help from schools and your donations we can ensure this support continues.


    We collate statistical and financial data on a regular basis. This feeds in to documents published for public access, including annual accounts and our Annual Review. (Note: all young person information is confidential; data is anonymous.)
    We also utilise Twitter, our website, and 4YP Newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,086 Counselling 1,053 individual sessions
      £5,292 Associated utilities Heating, lighting, water, cleaning costs, etc.
      £9,622 Counsellor supervision Requirement of all professional counsellors
  • Background


    This support is offered at the following Suffolk county schools:
    Chantry High School
    Coppleston High School
    Deben High School
    East Bergholt High School
    Farlingaye School
    Felixstowe Academy
    Hadleigh High School
    Holbrook High School
    Northgate High School
    Ormiston Academy
    Orwell High School
    St Albans RC High School
    Stoke High School
    Suffolk New Academy
    Westbourne Sports College
    In addition, we also offer counselling at 4YP, our Ipswich town centre base at 14 Lower Brook Street.


    This support is offered to all young people aged 12 or above in each school. Most are vulnerable, often extremely, with multiple needs.
    Specific needs can include: chaotic, unreliable, or anti-social behaviour; learning difficulties; communication problems; victims of abuse or emotional, financial, or sexual exploitation; exclusion from education because of health issues, bullying, or bad behaviour, etc.
    Happier, healthier individuals contribute more to their communities and the local economy.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a proven track record in providing an effective, professional service, recommended by schools, parents, and professionals.
    This service is convenient for young people. No other organisation offers counselling in these schools.
    Young people feel comfortable and respected, which ensures counselling is therapeutically beneficial.
    4YP offers other services. Young people can easily access the wider support they may need in addition to or around counselling, such as youth work activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Qualified, impartial, and experienced Counsellors work under British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy guidelines to deliver direct support.

    School Staff

    Partnership working with schools ensures young people are able to access the support they need. Schools also help young people refer to counselling.