Youth Access National Lottery-funded project

Along with project partners from all four nations of the UK, we have been awarded nearly £1.4 million in National Lottery funding to place young people at the forefront of a transformation in young people’s access to truly young person-centred, community-based mental health and wellbeing services across the UK.

The funding will enable Youth Access, in partnership with youth and mental health organisations from across the UK and prestigious research and professional bodies, to empower young people to use their lived experience of mental health services to lead the way in transforming how these services are accessed by their peers.

As part of the programme, young people will create ‘charters’, articulating how community mental health and wellbeing services can be transformed, ensuring they are both young person-centred and community-based. The aim is for over 11,000 young people and around 1,100 mental health professionals from across the UK to be engaged and reached as part of the project. 

The funding will build on Youth Access’ ongoing work to improve young people’s access to mental health services, including the promotion of the Youth Access YIACS (Youth Information Advice and Counselling Service) model, which takes a young person-centred, rights-based approach to mental health support. 

The project will be delivered over five years and will engage young people in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Members of the project partnership, which is led by Youth Access, are:

The evaluation will be undertaken by The Centre for Youth Impact and the Health Inequalities Research Network.