Who we are
CASY (Counselling and Support for Young People) is a charity registered in the England and Wales: 1092938 and a company limited by guarantee: 4310724. The principal aim of CASY is the promotion and preservation of good mental health among young people.
CASY started back in 1998 when there was a perceived lack of emotional support and counselling for young homeless people in the Newark and Sherwood District of Nottinghamshire. Originally working at the Unique Coffee Bar, the work of CASY gradually widened to encompass new venues and areas. In 2000 CASY was registered as a charity and has gradually increased both in the number of volunteer therapists and areas benefitting from the service.
We currently have a staff team of 7 and work with around 80 counsellors, about half of whom are volunteers. Demand for our counselling service is increasing by around 15% each year and demand for our community-based counselling increased by 65% since 2015/16. We provide 150 sessions of counselling each week, from our community settings.
CASY is also passionate about developing the next generation of counsellors and ensuring the continuation of skilled and experienced counsellors who can work with young people. We are a placement provider for trainee counsellors working towards their level 4 or 5 diploma and we provide workshop opportunities aimed at increasing knowledge and skills of new and qualified counsellors.
We also hold over 50 contracts within schools within Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to deliver face to face counselling. This can be anything from 2to 12 hours per week.
Here at CASY (Counselling and Support for Young People) we are committed to providing services to a wide range of children and young people (6 years old to 25 years old). This includes those experiencing mental health issues for the first time, to those living with long term mental health issues. Our mission is to empower young people with mental health problems to manage their own health effectively, take control of their lives and to support them to participate fully in school, college and their local community.
Our wide range of services reach and support 2000+ young people every year. We challenge the signs of stigma and stereotypes that surround mental health by delivering one to one and group support and training to staff and parents. We have a dedicated staff team who work across a range of services including one to one sessions and work in educational settings. We also have a large group of enthusiastic volunteers who enable CASY to support so many individuals each year.
This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in the management of a charity. Being a Trustee can also be extremely interesting and rewarding, giving you the chance to exercise existing skills and develop new ones.
Becoming a Trustee is a great way to get involved in our successful and forward-thinking charity that helps improve the lives of so many children and young people across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
All trustees are asked to commit to volunteering with the charity approximately once every three months and sometimes more for at least one year. You will join a board currently consisting of 5 charity Trustees from various backgrounds and different experiences contributing unique and invaluable skills to the charity.
If you would be interested in getting involved with us then please submit a personal statement that includes your name, address, contact details and information about your experience and interests that would be beneficial in this role.
The application process will consist of an informal interview with the Chair and CEO at a mutually convenient time. If you would like more information on what the role of a Trustees involves please contact Mick Mason on 01636 704620 or [email protected]