A YOUTH counselling service is secure for another year after receiving a £43,000 funding boost.
Time2Talk, which is based at the Abbey Centre in Daventry, provides support for under 25s on issues including bullying, teenage pregnancy and depression.
The latest cash grant has come from the NHS and will be used to provide mental health counselling and advice on sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Time2Talk manager Andy Nixon said: “We were fearing the worst and didn’t think we’d get this money so it’s great news.
“It’s a £43,000 grant which means we will be okay for another year.
“However, we are still looking at a big shortfall overall, for example we need to find £19,000 for rent. We possibly might have to dip into our reserves and are still looking at all avenues of funding.
“This is a massive boost for us but we are not out of the woods and in the next funding year there will be a new way of commissioning services so that will bring new challenges.”
Speaking about how vital the service is for youngsters in Daventry, Mr Nixon added: “We are getting on top of the problems such as unwanted pregnancies and STIs but there is still a lot of work to be done.
“These are issues that need to be supported in a sustained way over a long period of time.
“It’s about keeping the door open for young people who need our help.
“With all the doom and gloom even those studying or working are finding it hard at the moment to see where it’s all going to lead to, so services like this are so important.”
Time2Talk has also launched a new website which can be viewed at http://time2talk.org.uk/