New service gives young people ‘time to talk’

Martin Phillips, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement
Martin Phillips, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement
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The mental health of young people is at the top of the agenda with the launch of a new counselling service.

Time to Talk Bucks provides a free, easy-to-access service offering non-judgemental and confidential support for young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing issues in a safe and friendly environment.

The service which has been commissioned by Bucks County Council is delivered by three charities in the local area: Way In, the Youth Enquiry Service and Connexions Bucks.

The Youth Enquiry Service and Way In have both been offering counselling and support to young people for over 25 years and Connexions Counselling has been supporting young people since 2001.

They came together as the Buckinghamshire Youth Counselling Consortium to use their experience and expertise in developing the Time to Talk Bucks service.

Buckinghamshire County Council cabinet member for community engagement Martin Phillips formally opened the service last week.

He said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to commission this service, which has received excellent feedback from the young people who have used it so far. “The years from age 11 to 25 can often be challenging, and Time to Talk Bucks offers young people a simple way to get help with things that are troubling them. “When issues are tackled in a positive way through a service such as this, it helps to build up the person’s confidence and resilience, making them better able to address difficult issues as they move into adult life.”

Alix Simpson, counselling service manager said: “With Time to Talk Bucks, we can offer a consistent service for young people wherever they live in Buckinghamshire.

“We’ve made it easier than ever to contact the service, with one set of contact numbers and online chat options.

“The take-up has been good, but we do need to make sure that young people are aware that we’re here.

“We see young people in lots of different circumstances with a wide range of problems, and we are proud of the results we’ve been able to achieve in making a real difference in young people’s lives.

“As well as offering confidential individual support, we also offer family therapy when the young person needs to work out a problem together with their family.”

The Time to Talk Bucks service can be contacted confidentially on 0845 408 5022 or 07764 210398 and online at