A Newtown-based mental health charity that offers free counselling and one-to-one support services says it has seen a "rapid increase" in demand from young people.

Dedicated counsellors at Rekindle offer the valuable service to people aged 16 to 25 living in Mid Wales and the borders from their new and larger premises inside the Ladywell Centre.

The charity was recently recognised for its "hugely valuable contribution" to the community after receiving the High Sheriff of Powys Award.


High Sheriff Reg Cawthorne, who presented the award in person, said: “Unfortunately, many young people face mental health challenges which can seem daunting, but with the proven support of Rekindle they are able to build resilience to enable them to lead healthy lives.”

The new base in Newtown town centre, which is open from 9am to 5pm, will allow Rekindle to support more young people with an additional two new therapy rooms and a large communal area for groups and activities. Two of the new rooms were named in honour of the charities founding member families, Carlile and Thomas.

A young person who has used Rekindle’s service over the past year said it had "really improved my life.”

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Another said: “A friend is in need of help, and I told them to come straight to Rekindle, as they actually help”.

If you know of a young person who could benefit from Rekindle's support, get in touch by making a referral on the website www.rekindle.org.uk or speak to a member of the team by calling 01686 722222.

You can also support the charity with a donation by getting in touch with the centre to set-up a one-off or regular payment.