Players of People's Postcode Lottery have enabled People's Postcode Trust to award £17,064 towards the recruitment and training of 30 Place2Be Volunteer Counsellors in the Manchester and Salford area.

A leading provider of mental health services in UK Schools, Place2Be's has an outreach of around 90,000 children and young people in Britain.

Their early-intervention aims to equip children and young people with skills which can help them cope with a diverse range of challenges - in class, the playground or at home

.Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, says: “We are delighted, through People’s Postcode Lottery players, to have been able to support the introduction of 30 new Volunteer Counsellors to schools in Salford and Manchester. We are a hugely impressed with the work of Place2Be and proud to be supporting children’s mental health. We see how vital Place2Be is to the whole school community and to the individuals supported.”

In both primary and secondary schools, their qualified and trainee volunteer counsellors receive organised and supervised placements, with both teachers and parents reporting an improvement in classroom learning as a result.

Place2be Service Manager for the North West, Gina Chelton says: “At Place2Be we rely on our Volunteer Counsellors to enable us to provide vital early intervention. This funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery is helping us to deliver this vital work in the Manchester and Salford area. We are thrilled that children in these schools will benefit from our expert support, equipping children with the resilience to cope with life’s struggles.”

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