be a fundraiser

Want to run a marathon to support our work? Have a bake-off? Pyjama day at the office? We would love to help you! We have a whole range of tools and ideas to help people fundraise for us, and loads of ways to help our fundraisers get their messages out and donations in! Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss this further, or simply sign up at our LocalGiving page.

be a trustee

The charity is overseen by a board of volunteer trustees. They are responsible for strategic oversight and development of YiS and come with the expertise and/or enthusiasm to help us better support young people’s mental health in Milton Keynes. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, or would like to find out more, please do contact us.

be a counsellor

We take on trainee counsellors in their final year of study, and qualified counsellors who are listed on the BACP Register. All volunteers must be members of the BACP (student, member or accredited member) and follow the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2016).

Ideally, we look for people with experience working with young people aged 11-21 in either a counselling or other supportive environment.

If you fit the above criteria, please do send us a copy of your CV, including all relevant information, to [email protected]. Once you have done this, someone will be in touch within 5 working days to discuss how we may proceed.

we provide

  • access to a wide client group with a range of issues, who have all been through an Intake Assessment to make sure we match clients to appropriate counsellors.
  • monthly group supervision (free)
  • monthly 1:1 supervision costs (up to £30/£40 depending on what service you volunteer for)
  • travel expenses to and from sessions and supervision (up to a maximum of £7.50 per journey)
  • numerous CPD opportunities throughout the year
  • an invite-only email group to discuss general counselling issues and training
  • Administrative and practical support
  • Information, advice and guidance on therapeutic issues, relevant legislation and any aspect of your volunteering experience

feedback from volunteer counsellors

“Well organised and a safe space to work in with consistent reliable back-up and support. It’s enjoyable to feel that we’re all working together as a team”

“Excellent agency!”

“Very organised diary, great support”

“I find the YiS staff and so supportive and helpful. The electronic systems that support my work is really helpful”

“Thorough support both professionally and personally as well as knowledge of all things legislation”

“I enjoy getting to know other volunteers and learning from each other. Also the support of staff when needed. It’s a very welcoming team, that I have loved being a part of”

“I really value group supervision for the exchange of experience and insights with other counsellors and a space to think through and explore things together”

contact us

YiS - Youth Counselling Service
401-407 Margaret Powell House
Midsummer Boulevard
Milton Keynes

01908 604700
[email protected]
make a referral

what we do

We provide free counselling on Mondays at the Moorlands Centre for young people aged 11-21 who live, learn or work in the Woughton area, this includes Beanhill, Bleak Hall, Coffee Hall, Eaglestone, Leadenhall, Netherfield, Peartree Bridge, Redmoor and Tinkers Bridge.

Our free Tuesday counselling service at the Cornerstone Church in Central Milton Keynes is for all young people aged 11-21 who live, learn or work in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

On Tuesday and Thursdays we provide a free service at West Bletchley Wellbeing Centre in Bletchley for all young people aged 11-21 who live, learn or work in Bletchley and the surrounding areas.

The above services are run independently by YiS. We do not share information beyond appointment times with host organisations.

We also run services for students at several local schools and hope to work with more in the future.