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The newest charity trust in the borough, aimed at raising money for two local youth mental health charities, has so far raised £40k and it is not too late to donate!

The Richmond upon Thames Voluntary Fund is a charitable trust that was established in February to collect donations from residents for specific vulnerable groups, where there is a need for additional funding for help and support.  

Every year the Voluntary Fund will select which vulnerable group it intends to support. Residents will then be invited to donate towards local charities that work hard to offer support in this area of need. The 2020 beneficiaries are Twickenham based charity Off the Record and Richmond Mind.

Since the launch, thanks to the generosity of local people, over £40k has so far been raised (including Gift Aid) and it is not too late to donate.

Residents can make a donation throughout the year online or by cheque and every donation counts. Just £55 could help provide a crisis counselling session for a young person, or £1,740 could provide a six-week, peer mentor led programme for 10 young people.

Cllr Robin Brown, Trustee for the Richmond Voluntary Fund, said:

“I would like to thank all the residents who have made such generous donations so far. 100% of all donations will go to the two charities and will make a huge difference to the valuable work that they deliver.

Mental health is a major concern for young people in the UK. Mental health disorders are responsible for the largest burden of disease in England, Richmond is not immune to this. It is estimated that 4,700 local young people struggle with their mental health.

“With more and more young people seeking help, I urge residents to dig deep and help support these two worthy causes.”

For more information, or to donate, go to: 

Off The Record provides the only free drop-in counselling, information and sexual health service for young people aged 11–24 living, working or studying in the borough of Richmond. In making a donation to the Richmond Voluntary Fund, you could provide the following help and support to Off The Record:

  • £55 a young person could have a crisis counselling session
  • £500 a young person could have a full counselling programme with an experienced counsellor
  • £1,000 18 young people in crisis could have immediate support with an experienced counsellor

Richmond Borough Mind is a registered charity (No. 1146297) which provides a range of services to support people with low to moderate, through to severe and enduring mental health needs. Their aim is to ensure that all individuals impacted by mental ill health, and their carers, can live their best life possible, to promote hope and recovery for all.

In making a donation you could provide the following help and support to young people:

  • £29 could provide a weekly place on an after-school support programme
  • £105 could provide five 1:1 youth peer mentor sessions
  • £120 could provide a school assembly and year group workshops on mental health support
  • £1,740 could provide a six-week, peer mentor led programme for ten young people

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Updated: 02 March 2021