Royal Winchester Golf Club & Winchester Youth Counselling

Local golf club swings into action to support children and young people’s wellbeing.

Winchester Youth Counselling (WYC) is hitting the green with a brand new partnership – they’ve been chosen as the official Charity of the Year for the prestigious Royal Winchester Golf Club!

Captains Stewart Hawthorn and Christina Pink are driving the initiative, impressed by WYC’s innovative approach to youth mental health. Their nature therapy groups and walking in nature 121 sessions resonated deeply with the club’s dedication to outdoor activities and positive wellbeing.

“The pandemic hit young people hard, isolating them from friends and nature,” says Stewart. “By supporting WYC, we hope to raise awareness of mental health struggles and provide much-needed support.”

The partnership kicked off with a fundraising launch event, where WYC Youth Board members shared their experiences and highlighted the transformative power of therapy for young people. Interim CEO Jules Gillard echoed the sentiment, emphasising the importance of community support for youth mental health.

Royal Winchester is no stranger to successful fundraising, having a jam-packed calendar of events like quiz nights, corporate golf days, and fancy dinners. But this partnership goes beyond just raising funds.

WYC is eager to educate the community about the challenges young people face and how to best support them.

On February 13th, they’ll be hosting a free Grandparent Support Session, led by founder Jill Guppy, open to both club members and the public. It’s an opportunity for open dialogue and practical tips on nurturing young people’s mental wellbeing.

So, whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just looking to make a difference, join Royal Winchester and WYC on this green journey towards better youth mental health! Book your spot for the Grandparent Support Session here

Spread the word, share the news, and let’s tee off for a brighter future for young people from Winchester!