Charity secures funding windfall

Sarah Sims, Sylvia Birch, Andy Nixon, Ashley Southgate and Katie Jones. NNL-150421-110508001
Sarah Sims, Sylvia Birch, Andy Nixon, Ashley Southgate and Katie Jones. NNL-150421-110508001

A Daventry charity will be able to keep its doors open for another year after receiving three new grants worth £20,500.

Time2Talk offers counselling to 1,500 young people across the Daventry district to help them cope with issues including depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and sexual health.

The organisation was set up in the 1980s and currently employs three full-time staff and eight volunteers. Despite a growing pressure on budgets in the third sector forcing many charities to work hand to mouth, Time2Talk manager Andy Nixon said he was confident the funds would be crucial in continuing to consolidate its services.

“We managed to secure £7,500 from Daventry District Housing as part of our sustain initiative and another vital and valuable £5,000 from the Daventry Consolidated Charity.

“Both funds will help us carry on the work we do with early interventions and therapeutic counselling.

“We also managed to secure additional short-term funding of £8,000 from the NHS to help manage our unavoidable growing waiting list for counselling.

“As more referrals come through from GPs and others, waiting times have increased but this funding will help us do more to get to grips with that.

“Last time I had a look at the figures we had about 30 young people on our waiting list. This is a lot for us.

“We have done very well over the last 25 years but we have seen a lot of changes to the way funding is committed. It is a challenging time but we are fairly optimistic.

Mr Nixon said in October Time2Talk aims to secure long-term funding of between three to five years from NCC for the provision of mental health services.

Mr Nixon said: “I just think it does demonstrate this is a real investment in the young people of Daventry.”

In addition Time2Talk will be receiving a new pot of £1,000 from Daventry District Council to cover volunteer costs and £900 from South Northants council to continue its Monday and Wednesday afternoon service in Towcester.

A portion of the money will be also used to keep open the charity’s premises in the Abbey Centre in Abbey Street.