Time to Talk West Berkshire is an independent charity originally established in 1986.
Our aim as a charity is to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11-25 in West Berkshire.
We do this primarily through our free, at the point of delivery, counselling services at Broadway House and in local schools and GP surgeries.
We also develop and deliver talks, seminars and courses.
Last but not least, we work very closely with relevant local organisations and signpost people to other services, information and support where appropriate.
We currently have around 25 voluntary/part-paid trained counsellors and in 2015-16 supported over 300 young people in West Berkshire with over 2000 counselling sessions.
Demand for our service continues to increase and we regularly have a waiting list of between 30-40 young people in need of our support.
Our vision is a West Berkshire where all young people feel empowered and have the same opportunity to reach their full potential and grow up to be actively engaged in society as happy, confident and achieving adults.
Our mission is to provide an effective, quality-controlled counselling service, free at the point of delivery, for young people aged 11-25 who are resident, in education, training, working or registered with a GP in West Berkshire, which helps them deal with their specific challenges in a sustainable way.
We follow the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s code of ethics and are fully accredited by BACP.
Meet the team
Davina is a fully qualified and accredited BACP Counsellor with around 15 years of experience in working with young people. She works part-time as Clinical Lead for the service looking after our team of counsellors and ensuring we meet the highest standards of clinical practice and quality. Davina also undertakes some of our assessments and runs our Mindfulness Courses.
Luisa is our part-time Office Manager – she will usually be the one you speak to when you call in. Luisa books in new clients and arranges counselling appointments. She also deals with the finances, fundraising and administration of the service.
Steve is a fully qualified BACP counsellor and works as our Schools Outreach Manager overseeing the running of our counselling sessions in local schools including Kennet School, The Willink, The Downs and Brookfields School.
We have a team of around 25 dedicated female and male counsellors who volunteer their time to offer counselling to young people in West Berkshire. All of our counsellors are qualified to practice and operate under the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework and all have Enhanced DBS checks.
We have a very proactive board of trustees:
Lesley Boler- Chair
Katrina Harvey – Vice Chair/Ops
Ian Creamer – Human Resources
Melanie Prater – Treasurer
Theresa Coligan – Strategy
John Hampson – Communications
Elizabeth O’Keefe – Policies
Georgina Punter – Fundraising
No current vacancies.
If you need help or would like to help us in any way please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01635 760331
View emergency service contact details
West Berkshire Children’s Services: 01635 503090
Common Point of Entry – Mental Health Crisis Service Berkshire: 0300 365 0300
Child Line: www.childline.org.uk
Or attend your local Hospital’s A & E department
Other organisations you may find of use are:
Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk
Get Connected: www.getconnected.org.uk
Youth Health Talk: http://www.healthtalk.org/young-peoples-experiences