Young people's mental health charity in Milton Keynes to close due to 'significant funding challenges'

    YiS Young People's Mental Health charity has announced that it is closing at the end of this year.

    A local Young People's Mental Health charity has announced it is closing at the end of 2023.

    In a letter released today (29/11), the charity announced that it will close from 31st December following an All Members Meeting.

    The YiS Early Support Hubs provide a drop-in service for young people aged 11+ who would like a safe space to access support for their mental health and wellbeing without needing a referral or an appointment.

    Young people receive access to light touch, early intervention information, signposting, guidance and activities to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing before they hit a crisis point through the charity.

    The decision was made due to "significant funding challenges" that have placed an 'unprecedented' strain on the charity.

    "Despite our best efforts, the current financial landscape has proven challenging, leading us to the difficult realisation that we can no longer sustain our mission," the letter from the Chair, Michelle Smyth, states.

    "We understand this decision's impact on individuals who have relied on our services.

    "YiS has been a beacon of hope and support for countless young people and those who have supported them for over 42 years, thanks to the dedication of staff and volunteers and the unwavering loyalty of our supporters. 

    "Together, we have positively impacted the lives of many, providing vital resources, guidance and information.

    "We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has been a part of YiS. Positively, we are pleased to share that with the support of the Milton Keynes Community Foundation, the YiS Legacy grants will be available for local charities in Milton Keynes."

    Just two weeks ago, Councillor Emily Darlington, the City Council’s Cabinet Member for Mental Health, wrote to the Chancellor highlighting the need to renew local funding for mental health.

    The charity says that more information will be released soon.

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