Nottingham Counselling Services
Fund manager - Key Fund
Nottingham Counselling Service (NCS) specialises in working long-term with people who present complex and enduring problems, such as anxiety, depression and abuse
- 150 Number of people Nottingham Counselling Service helps each week
- 91% Percentage of clients reporting a significant improvement in their wellbeing
One in four adults experience a mental health problem every year. In total, mental health illnesses cost the UK economy £120 billion a year. Accessing counselling services is a challenge for some people, with long waiting times for GP referrals and high costs attached to private appointments.
Nottingham Counselling Service (NCS) specialises in working long-term with people who present complex and enduring problems, such as anxiety, depression and abuse. NCS helps reduce this cost and the days lost through stress-related illness, by making services affordable for vulnerable people. Key Fund loaned £40k to NCS to bridge a funding gap and adjust to a changing market. This followed austerity and public cuts that were making historic grants increasingly unavailable. The loan came from the Northern Impact Fund, part of the Growth Fund, a blended fund of £26.3 million of investment from Big Society Capital alongside £22.5 million in grants from the National Lottery Community Fund
Mental illness costs the UK economy £120 billion a year, with one in four adults experiencing a mental health problem every year. NCS helps reduce this cost and days lost through stress-related illness by making services affordable for vulnerable people. Each week, NCS helps up to 150 people. 91% of clients report significant improvements in their well-being. Outcomes include improved confidence, increased aspirations and better relationships. In 2015, NCS supported 419 people – the equivalent of saving £1.4 million for the public purse.