The Moving On Project is a Fareham-based mental health charity providing counselling services for young people in the Fareham, Gosport and surrounding areas. Established in 1995, the organisation relies solely on grants and donations and many of the qualified counsellors are volunteers. In the period between April 2019 and March 2020 The Moving On Project provided 1,516 counselling sessions, helping over 440 young people.
The Moving On Project is a founding member of the Hampshire Youth Access (HYA) group which is a partnership of 11 leading agencies providing counselling, information, advice, and support to children and young people across Hampshire. It was established in 2011 to share best practice between partner agencies in order to ensure consistent levels of support for children and young people across Hampshire.
HIWCF awarded The Moving On Project £5,000 as part of the Portsmouth City Community Fund in 2022, which will enable them to establish free counselling sessions, aimed at early intervention, for 11-25 year olds in the Portsmouth area, through face to face, telephone or online sessions with professional counsellors.
CEO, Lynne Martin said: “The Moving on Project team are really pleased to have received a grant from HIWCF and Portsmouth City Council to provide specialist confidential counselling for 11–25-year-olds from Portsmouth.
Our organisation has been receiving calls from young people based in the city who are looking for mental health support and in the past, we have not had the funding to provide this service. In addition, we have been experiencing an increase in referrals and an intensity in the issues that young people are dealing with, including suicidal thoughts, self-harm and eating issues.
The support from HIWCF and Portsmouth City Council could not have come at a better time and we are delighted that we will be able to begin our Portsmouth Youth Mental Health project in 2023. “
A recent beneficiary said: “It showed me that talking to someone is not a huge deal and having someone listen to you helps.”