Cash will fund youth charity’s counselling for youngsters

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Youth charity Service Six has been given almost £100,000 from Children in Need to provide counselling to disadvantaged children in Northamptonshire.

The cash will fund the Wellingborough-based charity’s new service Smiles for three years. The service, which will begin in October, will provide play therapy services to children aged between four and nine years old to support their emotional and developmental health.

Service Six chief executive Jane Deamer said: “The latest BBC Children in Need award is absolutely fantastic news for needy children in the county and for Service Six. This three-year pilot project will enable us to develop a substantial play therapy service for young children to compliment the historical professional therapeutic services we already offer to young people aged 10 and over within Northamptonshire.

“We feel it’s important to work with children from a younger age group to ensure an early intervention approach, in order to prevent any issues escalating or harm worsening for the children.”

For more details on Service Six visit www.servicesix.co.uk.