Hundreds of children and young people facing serious issues including self-harming behaviour and suicidal thoughts will receive counselling, thanks to a grant from Nottinghamshire freemasons to CASY (Counselling and Support for Young People).
CASY provides emotional support for children and young people between the ages of 6 and 25. The young people supported by CASY face a variety of issues including: family breakups; depression; anxiety; low self-esteem; self-harming behaviour; attachment problems; and suicidal thoughts.
A £15,000 grant from Nottinghamshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation will enable CASY to continue their work from their Newark, Worksop, and Lincoln offices. Over the last two years, demand for CASY’s services has increased, and the number of community sessions has risen from 50 to 220 each week.
CASY also provides counselling services within schools and currently hold 44 contracts offering a range of services which include a one-to-one confidential space, a drop-in service, group work for young people, training and support to the teaching staff and pastoral teams and support for parent carers.
In 2017-18, CASY helped a total of 1,805 young people and delivered a total of 12,332 counselling hours.
The grant from Nottinghamshire Freemasons comes via the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families, and friends from across England and Wales. Nottinghamshire Masons and the MCF, represented by Trevor Timson and Barry Quibell from Newark Lodge, and Barry Woodhead, Provincial Charity Steward, presented a commemorative certificate to the staff at their offices in Mill Gate Newark.
Pauline Renshaw, Finance & Operations Manager from CASY, said: “We are very grateful to Nottinghamshire Freemasons for their generous grant which will allow us to offer vital help and support to hundreds of young people across the county and beyond.”
Barry Woodhead, Provincial Charity Steward for Nottinghamshire added: “CASY’s work with children and young people in Nottinghamshire is sometimes life-saving, as a number of those they help have suicidal thoughts. It’s also life-changing, as it helps pupils deal with the issues they face and get the most from their education. A good education can transform a child’s life chances.”