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No5 Young People Supporting Mental Health in Reading for over 50 years

No5 have been championing mental health and supporting young people for 50 years. We estimate if every person we helped over the past 50 years donated just £2 we would raise enough to support young peoples mental health for the next 50 years.

Support Young People's Mental Health in Reading!

Raised so far: £13,843 27.7% of goal


We’re seeking anyone who has had a connection with No5 and a story they would like to share. Perhaps you received counselling, volunteered at No5 as a counsellor, worked as a supervisor, a trustee, volunteer or supported our work with young people as a funder or community partner in Reading. We’d love to hear from you!

No5 opened its doors in 1971 to support young people’s mental health in Reading. This year, we’d like you to join us in celebrating our 50th and reflect on half a century of No5!

Paul's Story

Volunteer in 1973

My experiences of involvement with No5 was in the early days at Sackville Street. I recall my first, and only, attendance at Reading Pop Festival in 1973 was as a volunteer member of the team manning the No5 Help Tent. We handed out slips of paper advertising what was on offer at the Tent. Our […]



Family of someone who received counselling in 1980

It really helped her and opened our eyes to the mental health issues young people have... Without No5’s intervention, our daughter would not be the woman she has grown to be.


Hannah's Story

Received Counselling in 2001

It was a very tough year in my life, and at a pivotal point too. Luckily, I received the much needed counselling, meaning I was able to build and grow and continue with my education...


Anonymous's Story

Received Counselling in 2002

I’m really grateful that a service like no5 was there for me.


Carly's Story

Received Counselling in 2013

My counsellor gave me the confidence to talk about how I felt, and allowed me to be hurt, angry and sad... Without the counselling that I had at No5 I wouldn't have been able to achieve any of the things that I have gone on to do


Abbie's Story

Received Counselling in 2014

It was nice to be myself - more so than before as I had a deeper understanding of myself and my journey through life and how it makes me me! They helped not only me, but the relationship I have now with my friends and family! I wouldn't be the person I am today without their support.


Ruth's Story

Volunteer in 2019

My passion for therapy and archives allowed me to immerse myself in the story of No5 that has been a privilege for me to undertake.


Angie's Story

Young Ambassadors in 2020

I became a Young Ambassador for No5 during lockdown in the summer of 2020. One of my favorite memories was working with Abbie on a video “Why don’t you become a plant parent?” It was really fun working on something with a potential to make a difference with a person I never met who I […]


Liz's Story

Trustee in 2021

I first heard about no5 from my Rotary Club and heard that they were seeking new Trustees. I was very interested to learn about the work they did and contacted Alyson, the Director. I was very impressed by the forward looking, caring and dynamic approach of the organisation and it was agreed that I would […]


How we're celebrating our 50th

Why Support No5?

No5 has been changing the lives of local young people and their families for 50 years! Your support means that we can continue to develop our services and meet the ever-changing needs of young people

About No5 Young People

Since 1971, No5 has been changing lives and providing free, confidential mental health support, counselling and preventative outreach for young people aged 11-25 who live, work or study in the ‘RG’ postcode area. We provide support face-to-face, online and in 7 local secondary schools

No5 in the 1980's
No5's home at 2-4 Sackville Street
No5 at Reading Pride
Reading Abbey 900th - Mindfullness Session
Young Ambassadors at Shoosmiths (Corporate Partner)
No5 in the Community
No5 wins Pride of Reading 'Charity of the Year' 2015
No5: Help When You Need It

Partners and Supporters

Our Corporate and Community Partners and Supporters are vital to our work and sustaining our services. We are delighted to work alongside them all to support their fundraising and help spread the positive mental health message.

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More about No5

The change you could make to a young person's life

£5 Pays For

two postcards from our Young Ambassadors sharing support and advice

£15 Pays For

a helpline support call

£35 Pays For

a counselling session with a young person aged 11-18

£175 Pays For

a class of 30 young people to take part in a mental health workshop

Meet Our Team

Alyson Wylding
Helen Thompson
Training and Development Manager
Martin Fox
Clinical Lead
David Edwards
Counselling Co-ordinator
Carly Newman
Operations and Relationships Manager
Dushka Novakovic
Clinical Administrator
Abbie Trussler
Projects Coordinator
Jo Carr
Ben McEwen
Nelson Walters
Debs Edwards
Liz Barry
Susan Meyers