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£11,485 of £20,000 goal

Raised by 329 people in 2 months
Hertfordshire mental health charity meets its fundraising target but still needs your support.


Signpost provides counselling, coaching and other mental health support to young people aged 11-25 in South West Hertfordshire. Mainly run by volunteer counsellors, since its inception 44 years ago Signpost has helped countless young people facing difficulties ranging from anxiety, depression and family breakdowns to abuse, self harm and suicidal thoughts and the demand for our service is increasing. Last year we saw almost 500 young people of whom:
87% started to engage and perform better at school/work,
79% were getting in less trouble with teachers/the police,
72% felt less angry,
67% had a happier home life and
59% had reduced self harm and suicidal thoughts because of the support Signpost gave them.

When asked "How do you think your life would have been without counselling?" our clients said:

"It would not have been as good as it is now. I wouldn’t have confidence in myself. I would have tried to end my life."
"I would have messed up my final year at Uni. Been more depressed and given up on life."
"My life would have been very hard to handle and even possibly non-existent."
"I would not be going to school. I would not be able to go out with my friends. I would be anxious and depressed."
"Maybe dead or self -harming to extreme, most likely in hospital, sectioned constantly. Not living the life I would like to live now."
"I would still think less of myself. I would still be depressed and much more anxious. I would still be drinking huge amounts."
"I would have failed to cope with my emotions and would probably have lost my job."
"My suicidal thoughts would have got the better of me. I would not be here."
"I would have felt I was ‘surviving’ rather than ‘living’."

Just over 3 weeks ago, Signpost faced a severe and acute funding crisis which would have forced us to close at the end of December 2018. Thanks to the fantastic support and generosity of donors and the local community, we have managed to raise enough to stay open until March 2019. Almost half of this was from your donations to this GoFundMe campaign and the rest was from other donations or fundraising by both individuals and local businesses.

The Signpost team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped. It is a fantastic achievement to have raised this amount in such a short space of time and shows how much the work that we do with young people is valued. However, this is just the beginning. To secure our long term future, we need your continued support, so please continue to share this campaign.

We have given vital support to thousands of young people over the years and want to continue doing the same for generations to come.

Thank you again.
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Update 5
Posted by Signpost Counselling
1 month ago
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We've done it!!

As a result of your support and generosity we have reached our emergency fundraising target of £20,000 which means we can now stay open until the end of March 2019. This is through a combination of our GoFundMe campaign, which raised almost £10,000, together with donations and fundraising by both individuals and local businesses.

We are also grateful that there are further fundraising efforts planned for December as we know that we need to continue to raise funds on an ongoing basis to make sure we don't find ourselves in this situation again. Trustees are developing a longer term plan which means that we will continue to raise funds in order to secure our long term future.

The Signpost team would like to say a huge thank you for your support. It is a fantastic achievement to have raised this amount in such a short space of time and shows how much the work that we do with young people is valued.

Thank you so much.
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Update 4
Posted by Signpost Counselling
1 month ago
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As we enter the penultimate week of our crucial fundraising campaign, with over £8,000 raised so far, one of our current clients has this to say:

“I honestly don’t think I’d still be alive without Signpost. Not only have they helped me with my depression, but they have helped me with my self esteem, anxiety, self image, trust issues, issues with boundaries, and so so so much more. I don’t think I will ever be able to find the words to express how grateful I am for Signpost and the amazing counsellors within it. Signpost saved my life. Literally and figuratively. I’m now living with my head up high, I can get through things that are thrown at me, I can be a version of myself that was always hidden behind pain and self doubt and I’m not afraid to stand up and look after myself.

All I can say is thank you, and I really really hope they will have to opportunity to save other people, like they saved me. “
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Update 3
Posted by Signpost Counselling
2 months ago
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Wow we've reached the £7,000 mark! And with approximately £1, 800 of offline donations, we are getting closer and closer to our target! Everyone at Signpost is so grateful for the support we have received and we are feeling positive about the campaign thanks to the community spirit that is being demonstrated.
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Update 2
Posted by Signpost Counselling
2 months ago
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It's not just counselling we offer, we also provide coaching and group work and sometimes we work in partnership with other organisations to provide the best support for young people. We also welcome the opportunity for young people to volunteer for us themselves and complete work experience. Here is the story of one client's journey through Signpost experiencing a number of these stages..

"My first interaction with Signpost would have been around two years ago when I received counselling from them, I had heard about them before but didn’t have any interaction until I met with one of the counsellors when she came to do a joint group with YC Hertfordshire for a few weeks. After the group had finished we were offered 8 weeks of counselling which I decided to take as I had been advised to at various points over the years. Over the 8 weeks we discussed various points in my life that had impacted me in different ways to help me better understand and process my emotions and help me to become more open with myself and others as the main focus. Although my time with in counselling was brief it helped me more than I even realised back then.

Fast forward a couple years and I’m studying health and social care at college in which we had to do various work placements anywhere within the health field and I chose to go to Signpost, partly because I have a fascination with mental health and wanted the opportunity to speak with counsellors and partly because I wanted to give back to them for all they did for me. A few months later at the end of my college course I’m staying on to continue volunteering with them independently because I enjoy working with everyone on the team and it feels rewarding to be part of the team, knowing that what we do as an organisation has such a large positive impact on young people.

I believe Signpost is an outstanding service that goes above and beyond for its clients and I know many young people I know who have been with Signpost would agree that inside our system for mental health care - that’s in an abysmal state where they won’t give you the time of day unless you’re at the extremely severe end - Signpost are a light within the darkness that are willing to take on anyone regardless of severity. I can safely say that all members of staff at Signpost are truly wonderful people who are willing to give their time to help people and make them feel comfortable and if Signpost wasn’t around, more young people would have needlessly lost their lives."
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£11,485 of £20,000 goal

Raised by 329 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
SIGNPOST AND YOUTH ENQUIRY SERVICE
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