EASTLEIGH YOUTH COUNSELLING SERVICE
With a 21-year legacy behind us, Eastleigh Youth Counselling Service provides a free, confidential counselling service in which each young person is valued and heard.
Founded in the year 2000, by Lottie Passell-Syms, EYCS was the only provision in the local area supporting young people to access counselling, whatever difficulties they may be facing. Building from the ground up with a lot of hard work and networking, Lottie was able to secure the support of Hampshire County Council and plenty of generous contributions from local businesses - the EYCS we know today was born.
Since then, a lot of things have changed. Realising the potential of the service within the Borough, EYCS became a part of Young Peoples Wellbeing Service (YPWS) and the Teenage Drop in Centre (TADIC) with charity status, and have expanded to support young people in and around the wider Eastleigh area.
Lottie continues to spearhead the counselling team with her passion and dedication to reach every young person whom is in need. With a team of 15+ Counsellors in schools, GP Surgerys and local community settings now working for us, the amount of young people whom can access and benefit from the service is amazing!
There are a number of challenges facing young people which we are able to support with, from transitioning between primary and secondary school to college, exam pressure, difficulties in friendships, changing family dynamics and blended families, anxiety and wider wellbeing concerns. With all of the above in mind, we offer a safe space where young people can be heard, knowing what they share will not be shared.
We are very well known for what we do and have a wonderful team of Trustees that trust and support us. We are also proud to have ongoing support from a number of local organisations and contributors, who's generosity allows us to continue doing what we do.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR EYCS?
EYCS strives to continually grow and expand to reach and further support young people.
In the future we have some pretty exciting plans, including capturing people younger than 11 years old with a mentoring program, aiming to facilitate their growth towards entering counselling in the future, and will be delivering parenting courses in collaboration with schools across the Borough and beyond, which aim to equip family members in knowing how to support their teens.
We want to be known as the counselling service that never stops evolving and as a flagship in putting young people's needs first. If you have an idea that could benefit young people, or have a thought about something that could help improve our service, please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you!
Our young people are at the heart of what we do. The feedback we continually receive from the community, parents and the young people themselves is positive and we feel it is such a privilege to have made an impact in some way.