Unity through mental health

Kingsmere Community Centre, Whitelands Way, Bicester OX26 1EG

Opening on September 3rd at 3pm

Nai’s House celebrates after receiving £9,250 from the National Lottery to deliver their support service.

Nai’s House, holistic mental health support for 16-25’s, celebrates after receiving £9,250 from the National Lottery to deliver their support service.

Nai’s House, which was set up by founders Gem Barrett and Emma Chamberlain, after the suicide of Gem’s 22 year old daughter in February 2017, is celebrating today after being awarded almost £9,250 in National Lottery funding. The funding will enable Nai’s House to launch its service at the end of July to support young adults with poor mental health, as well as developing community suicide prevention initiatives.

Gem and Emma created Nai’s House around the understanding of the neurological development of the adolescent brain and coupled with their own professional and personal experiences, knowledge and understanding, will offer easy to access, on-going and consistent support in a non-clinical environment, which is tailored to each individual’s needs.

Nai’s House will offer both drop-in and appointments based counselling, keywork support, holistic activities and workshops when it launches at the end of July. The service, which is open to 16-25’s, doesn’t require a referral, so guests are free to come along on their own terms.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will provide us with the springboard to launch our service and at the same time develop initiatives such as; working with The OLLIE Foundation to offer preventative training to the wider community; Implementing crisis safe spots and community supporters; and piloting a Group Therapy based on meditation.

Gem Barrett, founder of Nai’s House, says: “We are thrilled that The National Lottery Community Fund has acknowledged the need for Nai’s House in Bicester and have awarded us funding. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we are able to get on with our plans to help reduce the number of deaths by suicide, invest in the emotional and mental well-being of all individuals under the age of 25 and aim for our vision of unity through mental health…..using mental health as a platform for positive change, because mental health is everyone’s responsibility”.

Kieron Hogg, Ambassador for Nai’s House, says: “This is a really exciting time for us as we get ready to launch Nai’s House and we are grateful to the National Lottery players for helping us get to this stage. We are still looking for qualified counsellors and psychologists who can spare some time to volunteer with us, as well as holistic therapists and spaces around Bicester, if anyone can help please feel free to contact us at hello@naishouse.co.uk”.

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About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.