Funding call for Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services

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31 July, 2017


NHS England has one-off funding to test out and strengthen the role of the voluntary and community sector in the provision of early emotional wellbeing and mental health support for children and young people.

The one-off funding from NHS England is to support the development of voluntary and community sector driven Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS).  Services should be based on the YIACS model which is a proven, integrated health and wellbeing model that empowers young people (typically aged 13-25) through alleviating distress and defending rights. Some helpful information about the role of the voluntary sector in CAMHS transformation as well as the YIACS model can be found in a document published by Youth Access and the Young People’s Health Partnership here:

Successful projects will provide accessible young people- centred support on a wide range of issues from mental and emotional health, sexual health, drugs and alcohol to homelessness, relationships, money and benefits, education and employment and safeguarding. Interventions may include counselling, advice work, youth work, health clinics, social work, group work, advocacy, community education and pastoral support.

Next Steps:
Further information about the application process, including the criteria and outcomes are here.

Applications from the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) areas will need to be sent to by email no later than 9am on the 14th August (ahead of the NHS England deadline of the 16th).  

Commissioners will undertake quality assurance checks on all applications submitted to them and reserve the right to withdraw applications that don’t meet the criteria or standards expected by NHS England.

For queries about the application process, please contact:

For Bristol – Chris Smart - 0117 900 2384
For South Gloucestershire  - Colin Gill  - 0117 947 4407
For North Somerset – Mark Hemmings - 01275 885652