About Us

YPAS offers a range of support and therapeutic services for children aged 5 -15 years, young people aged 16-25 years and their families in Liverpool.

Established in 1966 YPAS is a charitable sector organisation that supports children, young people and families to address their mental health and emotional well-being difficulties. The delivery of our citywide services includes: primary schools, secondary schools and across three locality community hubs.

In 2018 YPAS Reached

  • 3006 children and young people
  • 552 parents / carers
  • 248 families
  • 55 primary schools
  • 33 secondary schools

In 2018 YPAS Provided

  • 8989 therapy sessions
  • 5100 support sessions
  • 148 LGBTQ+ group work
  • 210 SMARTYS open access play provision
  • 150 THRIVE open access youth provision
  • 210 SKY open access drop-in provision

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the mental health and emotional well-being needs of children, young people and families in a non-stigmatized environment, that allows us to:

  • – deliver a wide range of support and therapeutic interventions
  • – reach children, young people and families as early as possible
  • – consistently monitor progress and change
  • – work jointly with professionals across health, education and social care
  • – include children, young people and families in the design and delivery of services
  • – ensure services and pathways are accessible
Our Vision

Our vision is to deliver services in an environment that allows children, young people and families to feel:

  • – safe
  • – valued
  • – respected
  • – included
  • – motivated

Our History

Established in 1966, YPAS has been delivering counselling services in the City for over 50 years. From 1 counsellor working out of a small office, we now have a team of professionals working across 3 locality hubs in Liverpool, delivering a range of counselling, therapy and support services to Liverpool’s children, young people and families.

In 2016, YPAS celebrated its 50th year of providing mental health services to Liverpool’s children, young people and families.

Our Timeline

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  • 2019

    YPAS embedded Wellbeing clinics in all Liverpool secondary schools

    YPAS embedded Wellbeing clinics in all Liverpool secondary schools

    September 10, 2019
  • 2018

    CAMHS providers delivering services from the 3 Community YPAS Plus Hubs

    CAMHS providers delivering services from the 3 Community YPAS Plus Hubs

    September 10, 2018
  • 2017

    YPAS embedded therapeutic services in all Liverpool primary schools (Seedlings Project) alongside PSS

    YPAS embedded therapeutic services in all Liverpool primary schools (Seedlings Project) alongside PSS

    June 18, 2017
    YPAS embedded therapeutic services in all Liverpool primary schools (Seedlings Project) alongside PSS    
  • 2017

    YPAS opened two additional community hubs in the North and South of the city

    YPAS opened two additional community hubs in the North and South of the city

    June 18, 2017
    YPAS opened two additional community hubs in the North and South of the city
  • 2016

    YPAS celebrates its 50th year of providing mental health services to Liverpool’s children, young people and families

    YPAS celebrates its 50th year of providing mental health services to Liverpool’s children, young people and families

    June 18, 2016
    YPAS celebrates its 50th year of providing mental health services to Liverpool’s children, young people and families
  • 2015

    Development of YPAS’s 2015 -2020 strategic business plan and operational delivery plan

    Development of YPAS’s 2015 -2020 strategic business plan and operational delivery plan

    June 18, 2015
    Development of YPAS’s 2015 -2020 strategic business plan and operational delivery plan
  • 2015

    YPAS involved in the strategic development of the CAMHS transformation plans including CAMHS locality hubs & the Youth Mental Health Model

    YPAS involved in the strategic development of the CAMHS transformation plans including CAMHS locality hubs & the Youth Mental Health Model

    June 18, 2015
    YPAS involved in the strategic development of the CAMHS transformation plans including CAMHS locality hubs & the Youth Mental Health Model
  • 2015

    Increased local provision – Looked After Children in Education (LACES) DfE funding secured with national 3rd sector partners

    Increased local provision – Looked After Children in Education (LACES) DfE funding secured with national 3rd sector partners

    June 14, 2015
    Increased local provision – Looked After Children in Education (LACES) DfE funding secured with national 3rd sector partners
  • 2014

    Age broadened to 5–25 years. YPAS transgender project funded by Clinical Commissioning Group (CAMHS). Funding confirmed (CAMHS) IAG provision & (LCCG) GP Champs

    Age broadened to 5–25 years. YPAS transgender project funded by Clinical Commissioning Group (CAMHS). Funding confirmed (CAMHS) IAG provision & (LCCG) GP Champs

    June 11, 2014
    Age broadened to 5–25 years. YPAS transgender project funded by Clinical Commissioning Group (CAMHS). Funding confirmed (CAMHS) IAG provision & (LCCG) GP Champs
  • 2013

    YPAS involved in the national CYP IAPT programme. IAG services funded by CAMHS. National GP Champs pilot launched with Brownlow Health Practice

    YPAS involved in the national CYP IAPT programme. IAG services funded by CAMHS. National GP Champs pilot launched with Brownlow Health Practice

    June 18, 2013
    YPAS involved in the national CYP IAPT programme. IAG services funded by CAMHS. National GP Champs pilot launched with Brownlow Health Practice
  • 2010

    Introduction and consultation and shaping of future outcome measures relevant for both Liverpool’s voluntary and statutory sectors

    Introduction and consultation and shaping of future outcome measures relevant for both Liverpool’s voluntary and statutory sectors

    July 2, 2010
    Introduction and consultation and shaping of future outcome measures relevant for both Liverpool’s voluntary and statutory sectors
  • 2009

    Strategic involvement with specialist CAMHS to address the redesign of Liverpool’s targeted & specialist EMWB provision (Emotional, Mental Health and Well-Being

    Strategic involvement with specialist CAMHS to address the redesign of Liverpool’s targeted & specialist EMWB provision (Emotional, Mental Health and Well-Being

    July 10, 2009
    Strategic involvement with specialist CAMHS to address the redesign of Liverpool’s targeted & specialist EMWB provision (Emotional, Mental Health and Well-Being
  • 2008

    Increased provision of specialist LGBT services to address the younger age group (13 – 16 years)

    Increased provision of specialist LGBT services to address the younger age group (13 – 16 years)

    July 10, 2008
    Increased provision of specialist LGBT services to address the younger age group (13 – 16 years)
  • 2007

    Increased partnerships with Schools, Colleges, Training Providers, Addiction, Children & Young People services including Connexions and Youth Offending Service

    Increased partnerships with Schools, Colleges, Training Providers, Addiction, Children & Young People services including Connexions and Youth Offending Service

    July 10, 2007
    Increased partnerships with Schools, Colleges, Training Providers, Addiction, Children & Young People services including Connexions and Youth Offending Service
  • 2007

    Development of policies and delivery in accordance with the Every Child Matters and Youth Matters Frameworks

    Development of policies and delivery in accordance with the Every Child Matters and Youth Matters Frameworks

    July 9, 2007
    Development of policies and delivery in accordance with the Every Child Matters and Youth Matters Frameworks
  • 2006

    CAMHS partnership is formed (YPAS, MYA, Alder Hey, ADHD Foundation, Spinning World (PSS) and Barnardos

    CAMHS partnership is formed (YPAS, MYA, Alder Hey, ADHD Foundation, Spinning World (PSS) and Barnardos

    July 10, 2006
    CAMHS partnership is formed (YPAS, MYA, Alder Hey, ADHD Foundation, Spinning World (PSS) and Barnardos
  • 2006

    Featured on BBC Radio 5 Live, Granada Tonight, BBC Radio Merseyside, GMTV & Radio City as YPAS celebrates 40th year of working with children & young people

    Featured on BBC Radio 5 Live, Granada Tonight, BBC Radio Merseyside, GMTV & Radio City as YPAS celebrates 40th year of working with children & young people

    July 9, 2006
    Featured on BBC Radio 5 Live, Granada Tonight, BBC Radio Merseyside, GMTV & Radio City as YPAS celebrates 40th year of working with children & young people
  • 2006

    2nd floor renovated into a counselling suite.   Development of Self-Injury DVD made by young people: premiered at the 39th AGM held at the Adelphi Hotel

    2nd floor renovated into a counselling suite.   Development of Self-Injury DVD made by young people: premiered at the 39th AGM held at the Adelphi Hotel

    July 8, 2006
    2nd floor renovated into a counselling suite. Development of Self-Injury DVD made by young people: premiered at the 39th AGM held at the Adelphi Hotel
  • 2006

    Utilizes additional building floors to accommodate the CAMHS funded staff and services. Achieves ISO9001 kite mark in recognition of the quality of services

    Utilizes additional building floors to accommodate the CAMHS funded staff and services. Achieves ISO9001 kite mark in recognition of the quality of services

    July 7, 2006
    Utilizes additional building floors to accommodate the CAMHS funded staff and services. Achieves ISO9001 kite mark in recognition of the quality of services
  • 2005

    CAMHS strategy finalised and subsequent recruitment takes place. YPAS takes over the management of GYRO (Gay Youth ‘r’ Out)

    CAMHS strategy finalised and subsequent recruitment takes place. YPAS takes over the management of GYRO (Gay Youth ‘r’ Out)

    July 10, 2005
    CAMHS strategy finalised and subsequent recruitment takes place.  YPAS takes over the management of GYRO (Gay Youth ‘r’ Out)
  • 2005

    YPAS extends the age of the young people it supports from 16-25 to 10-25 years

    YPAS extends the age of the young people it supports from 16-25 to 10-25 years

    July 9, 2005
    YPAS extends the age of the young people it supports from 16-25 to 10-25 years
  • 2005

    YPAS identified as the main third sector CAMHS delivery partner and begins negotiations for new service developments

    YPAS identified as the main third sector CAMHS delivery partner and begins negotiations for new service developments

    July 8, 2005
    YPAS identified as the main third sector CAMHS delivery partner and begins negotiations for new service developments
  • 2004

    CAMHS review results: non-stigmatised services, 3rd sector involvement, governance structures, quality assurance systems, policies & protocols

    CAMHS review results: non-stigmatised services, 3rd sector involvement, governance structures, quality assurance systems, policies & protocols

    July 10, 2004
    CAMHS review results: non-stigmatised services, 3rd sector involvement, governance structures, quality assurance systems, policies & protocols
  • 2004

    A review of CAMHS services is carried out in Liverpool, to identify a broader range of disciplines to address the mental health needs of children, young people

    A review of CAMHS services is carried out in Liverpool, to identify a broader range of disciplines to address the mental health needs of children, young people

    July 9, 2004
    A review of CAMHS services is carried out in Liverpool, to identify a broader range of disciplines to address the mental health needs of children, young people
  • 2002

    Further successful funding to address engagement with hard to reach groups e.g. homeless and drugs and alcohol.

    Further successful funding to address engagement with hard to reach groups e.g. homeless and drugs and alcohol.

    July 10, 2002
    Further successful funding to address engagement with hard to reach groups e.g. homeless and drugs and alcohol.
  • 2001

    YPAS expands and develops into a progressive organisation. Central to this growth is the person-centred approach at the heart of all service delivery.

    YPAS expands and develops into a progressive organisation. Central to this growth is the person-centred approach at the heart of all service delivery.

    July 10, 2001
    YPAS expands and develops into a progressive organisation. Central to this growth is the person-centred approach at the heart of all service delivery.
  • 2000

    The next few years proves to be extremely busy for YPAS whilst it’s striving to address the high demand of citywide referrals.

    The next few years proves to be extremely busy for YPAS whilst it’s striving to address the high demand of citywide referrals.

    July 10, 2000
    The next few years proves to be extremely busy for YPAS whilst it’s striving to address the high demand of citywide referrals.
  • 1997

    In addition to funding from the John Moores Foundation, the building (36 Bolton Street) is bequeathed to YPAS by John Moores

    In addition to funding from the John Moores Foundation, the building (36 Bolton Street) is bequeathed to YPAS by John Moores

    July 10, 1997
    In addition to funding from the John Moores Foundation, the building (36 Bolton Street) is bequeathed to YPAS by John Moores
  • 1997

    Funding from Comic Relief, Children in Need, Local Authority, DAT & additional grants facilitated further services, (a drop-in, advice, & counselling services)

    Funding from Comic Relief, Children in Need, Local Authority, DAT & additional grants facilitated further services, (a drop-in, advice, & counselling services)

    July 9, 1997
    Funding from Comic Relief, Children in Need, Local Authority, DAT & additional grants facilitated further services, (a drop-in, advice, & counselling services)
  • 1996

    Successful National Lottery capital funding, the ground floor is converted into a suitable space to broaden the delivery of YPAS’s services

    Successful National Lottery capital funding, the ground floor is converted into a suitable space to broaden the delivery of YPAS’s services

    July 10, 1996
    Successful National Lottery capital funding, the ground floor is converted into a suitable space to broaden the delivery of YPAS’s services
  • 1990

    YPAS moves into permanent accommodation (2nd floor of 36 Bolton Street), due to high demand of services, additional need for further building space is noted

    YPAS moves into permanent accommodation (2nd floor of 36 Bolton Street), due to high demand of services, additional need for further building space is noted

    July 10, 1990
    YPAS moves into permanent accommodation (2nd floor of 36 Bolton Street), due to high demand of services, additional need for further building space is noted
  • 1989

    YPAS temporarily relocates to the L8 Law Centre on Princes Road.

    YPAS temporarily relocates to the L8 Law Centre on Princes Road.

    July 10, 1989
    YPAS temporarily relocates to the L8 Law Centre on Princes Road.
  • 1987

    YPAS becomes a company limited by guarantee.

    YPAS becomes a company limited by guarantee.

    July 10, 1987
    YPAS becomes a company limited by guarantee.
  • 1986

    YPAS gains independent charity status.

    YPAS gains independent charity status.

    July 10, 1986
    YPAS gains independent charity status.
  • 1985

    Young people gain representation on the YPAS Management Committee.

    Young people gain representation on the YPAS Management Committee.

    July 10, 1985
    Young people gain representation on the YPAS Management Committee.
  • 1984

    As part of a service overhaul, the Kirkdale project is taken over by Liverpool Youth Service’s Youth Line.

    As part of a service overhaul, the Kirkdale project is taken over by Liverpool Youth Service’s Youth Line.

    July 10, 1984
    As part of a service overhaul, the Kirkdale project is taken over by Liverpool Youth Service’s Youth Line.
  • 1983

    After five years of successful delivery the Netherley and Speke services close after funding is withdrawn.

    After five years of successful delivery the Netherley and Speke services close after funding is withdrawn.

    July 10, 1983
    After five years of successful delivery the Netherley and Speke services close after funding is withdrawn.
  • 1978

    YPAS develops additional counselling services in Netherley, Speke, Kirkdale and a drop-in support service in ‘The Basement’ on Stanley Street.

    YPAS develops additional counselling services in Netherley, Speke, Kirkdale and a drop-in support service in ‘The Basement’ on Stanley Street.

    July 10, 1978
    YPAS develops additional counselling services in Netherley, Speke, Kirkdale and a drop-in support service in ‘The Basement’ on Stanley Street.
  • 1976

    Introduction of a government employment programme (STEP). Development of the GYrO Project (Gay Youth r Out)

    Introduction of a government employment programme (STEP). Development of the GYrO Project (Gay Youth r Out)

    July 10, 1976
    Introduction of a government employment programme (STEP). Development of the GYrO Project (Gay Youth r Out)
  • 1966

    YPAS is established, a full time counsellor is employed & YPAS is identified as one of the pioneer youth counselling services in the country.

    YPAS is established, a full time counsellor is employed & YPAS is identified as one of the pioneer youth counselling services in the country.

    July 10, 1966
    YPAS is established, a full time counsellor is employed & YPAS is identified as one of the pioneer youth counselling services in the country.
  • 1966

    Liverpool Personal Services Society gains funding due to demand on the services of the Citizens Advice Bureau for advice, support & information by young people.

    Liverpool Personal Services Society gains funding due to demand on the services of the Citizens Advice Bureau for advice, support & information by young people.

    July 9, 1966
    Liverpool Personal Services Society gains funding due to demand on the services of the Citizens Advice Bureau for advice, support & information by young people.