Isle of Wight Youth Trust

Listening to the under 25s

The Youth Trust is a charitable, independent and professional organisation offering counselling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight and, in some cases, their parents or carers.

The services provided are delivered by an experienced and qualified team who follow the National Guidelines for Counselling, offering a fast, flexible and confidential service to young people who are experiencing difficulties. The Youth Trust has been working on the Isle of  Wight for over 25 years and has made a positive input to the wellbeing of people locally. 

If you feel you could do with our help, or know someone who could, please contact us and we'll be pleased to help.

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It was great having someone to talk to.  My counsellor gave me the confidence to go to the GP and get more help. I really think I can turn my life around now.

The Isle of Wight Youth Trust offers a fully professional, confidential and independent counselling service for young people aged between 13-25 years called 'Youth Trust Counselling'. The service has been in operation since 1984 and during this time, tens of thousands of young people on the Island have benefited from working with a fully trained counsellor at the Youth Trust.

The counselling offered at the Youth Trust allows young people to talk about any issues that they are facing and would like to discuss, over a series of six sessions covering, usually, six weeks. The issues that are commonly presented to counsellors at the Youth Trust vary from individual to individual, but some of the main areas that have been presented are problems with relationships, both family and peer relationships, bullying, depression / anxiety, behavior, anger, self harm, physical abuse and others. However, whatever your problem, we are there to help.

It was a very short wait to get to see a counsellor and within the sessions she listened and gave an interesting, fresh perspective.  It felt comfortable, supportive, but also challenging too - thank you!

Youth Trust Counselling offers young people the opportunity to talk in complete confidence about any issues or problems they may have. This means that what is said between the young person and the counsellor will not be discussed with other people (including parents, teachers, friends or anyone) unless the client, i.e. the young person, wants others to know. The only exception to this is IF the young person or counsellor is concerned that a young person or child is at risk of harm or if the young person has been sent to the Youth Trust by their GP (the GP will then receive a report after the counselling process).

Following completion of the series of six counselling sessions, the Youth Trust issues all young people with a feedback sheet, as this gives the clients an opportunity to give an anonymous, honest assessment of the service from the service users' perspective, which helps the Trust to improve its services where necessary.

The counselling I received from the Youth Trust was gentle, easy-going and brought the deeply hidden angst out of me in a non-agro way.

Some of the comments from previous clients that have been received by the Youth Trust are replicated below, so to give a flavor of how people feel about the counselling they received at the Youth Trust. We have not, obviously, included all of the comments we do receive, but have selected a representative cross section of them.


Feedback from our clients

They listened to what you had to say and tried to help you go in the right direction.

It was great having someone to talk to.  My counsellor gave me the confidence to go to the GP and get more help, I really think I can turn my life around now.

It helped talking.

It helped me realise certain things.

It made me realise that it wasn't all my fault and to see things from another's point.

They listened to me a lot and had a good understanding of what I was going through.
It was a very short wait to get to see a counsellor and within the sessions she listened and gave an interesting, fresh perspective.  It felt comfortable, supportive, but also challenging too - thank you!

The counselling I received from the Youth Trust was gentle, easy-going and brought the deeply hidden angst out of me in a non-agro way.

It allowed me to express my problems as well as my issues which I had felt necessary to tell someone.

"They gave me some good advice and helped me work out my problems and find new ways to get round bad things.

The counsellor listened to what you were saying - they seemed to understand what and how you felt.

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About the Youth Trust

The Youth Trust is a charitable, independent and professional organisation offering counselling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under on the Isle of Wight and, in some cases, their parents or carers.

Copyright: Isle of Wight Youth Trust | Charity Number: 1087163 | Company Number: 4149063

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