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Supporting young people struggling with anxiety and mental health issues

Phase has received a £2,000 donation from the Shanly Foundation to help fund its work with young people struggling with anxiety and mental health issues.

Founded in 2002 by Churches Together in Hitchin, the charity began working directly with secondary schools and sixth forms to provide mentoring and support for teens across the area. Phase now works with over 3,500 children and young people across Hitchin, offering a range of programmes to promote and build wellbeing, including holiday clubs and youth training.

Kieran Murphy, Director of Phase Hitchin, comments: “Phase is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Shanly Foundation which will make a real difference to many young people’s lives. We are a charity that provides services and programmes to young people at no cost, so it is only through funding and support from sources such as the Shanly Foundation that we can continue. These latest funds will have an impact that will live on and stand as a lasting benefit for those who need to access our work. Phase works with thousands of young people, and the Shanly Foundation plays a key role in helping us to continue to provide life changing support.”

Phase gives its programmes free of charge to over 75 other organisations across the UK. The donation from the Shanly Foundation will directly support those struggling with high levels of anxiety by providing the tools and abilities to manage everyday problems effectively. The money will also be used to build the support services Phase provides and allow Phase to expand its work to help even more young people facing mental health issues.

Tamra Booth, trustee of the Shanly Foundation, comments: “Phase does some amazing work with the young people of Hitchin, providing support in an area which is of increasing concern, mental health. Being able to provide funds to support their vital work is something which the Shanly Foundation is proud to do, to help them continue and expand on their services locally as well as further afield.”

Fundraising to keep Phase delivering its Anxiety Support Programme is ongoing. To donate, or for further information about the charity and to find out how to volunteer, visit