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York St John Communities Centre


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Talking about Grief: tips for having the ultimate difficult conversation

27 November 2023

York St John Communities Centre is marking National Grief Awareness Week (2 to 8 December 2023) by encouraging frank and open discussions about grief and loss. The Centre is hosting a ‘Better Together Cafe’ on Wednesday 6 December, from 1.00 to 3.00 pm.

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Civic leaders join key figures in counselling and mental health for York St John Communities Centre opening celebration

12 October 2023

York St John Communities Centre has formally opened with a celebration of York St John University’s decades of work and research in counselling and mental health. 

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Empowering multilingual children: high demand drives Community Language School's expansion plans

18 July 2023

When it opened in 2022, the Community Language School (CLS) at York St John University became the only such school in the region to offer free classes in multiple languages. With a motto of ‘fostering a love for languages’ they support children to learn and use their home language to help stop heritage languages from going into disuse amongst younger generations. 

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Government urged to put breastfeeding on the agenda for a healthier and fairer UK

23 June 2023

Despite its numerous health, social justice, and environmental benefits, the current breastfeeding rates in the UK are among the lowest in the world. Currently fewer than 2% of UK infants are exclusively breastfed for six months as recommended by the WHO.  

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Mental health blogs reveal new insight into recovery and management of mental illness

16 May 2023

New research explores personal experiences of mental illness through the portrayal offered by bloggers.

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Research shows benefits of yoga combined with psychotherapy

09 January 2023

Research study reveals that yoga is a mind-body technique that can be used to aid emotion regulation, alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improve overall wellbeing. 

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‘Walk and talk’ counselling boomed during the pandemic and a new study shows why it should continue

11 October 2022

Researchers from York St John University have looked at experiences of 'walk and talk' counselling in a natural outdoor environment.

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York St John University establishing the region’s first free Community Language School to offer multiple languages

07 June 2022

The School of Education, Language and Psychology at York St John University is preparing to offer free community language classes for families in York and surrounding areas to help stop heritage languages dying out.  

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First evidence that imaginary friends could bring ‘real world’ social benefits for autistic children

06 June 2022

A new study from York St John University has shown for the first time that parents of autistic children with imaginary friends report that their children are better able to understand others' minds and have stronger social skills than those autistic children with no imaginary friend.

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Queen’s Birthday OBE honour for York St John University’s Professor Lynne Gabriel

01 June 2022

Professor of Counselling and Mental HealthLynne Gabriel, has been awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours list. 

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City-wide celebration to thank pandemic’s mental health professionals

27 April 2022

The Civic Party of York, together with York St John University and York College, held a celebratory evening at the Mansion House to recognise the contribution made by mental health professionals across the city during the pandemic. 

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Reverend Richard Coles delivers keynote at York St John University's 2nd International Online Bereavement Conference

25 November 2021

The Centre is delighted to welcome Reverend Richard Coles (UK musician, writer, Strictly star), Linda Magistris (CEO and founder of The Good Grief Trust) and Professor Robert Neimeyer (Director of the US Portland Institute for Loss and Transition) as the three keynote speakers.

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Naming campaign launched for ‘gateway’ of support for communities in York

12 July 2021

York St John’s Counselling & Mental Health Centre (CMHC) is moving to new premises in Clarence Street to form a new research hub and one-stop-shop of public facing services.

Counsellor in bid for Community Awards

5 July 2021

The York Press report that Professor Lynne Gabriel, Director of the Communities Centre, has been nominated for the Mental Health prize at this year's Community Pride awards.

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Developing a ‘Whole Family’ approach to support for children and young people affected by domestic abuse

18 June 2021

York St John University is working with Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) to develop a 'Whole Family Approach' providing support services for children and young people affected by domestic abuse in North Yorkshire and the City of York.

Love in the time of Covid: examining the impact of social distancing on self, and on romantic relationships

16 June 2021

York St John University is conducting research into how the pandemic has affected the nation's love lives.

Supporting York St John Communities Centre

Your donation makes a great difference!

Your gift helps cover the cost of providing free services such as our community language school, bereavement group and café's, student suicide support group 'Laurens Ladies' and drop-ins such as the weekly breastfeeding group.

As our income grows, so too does our staff team of receptionists, administrators, co-ordinators, assessors, supervisors, counsellors, coaches, and group facilitators, and your support is needed to ensure they are actively involved in service delivery and are remunerated for their work. Anything that you are able to donate can help support the work we do and the services that we offer to our community.

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