Foundry has developed a series of policy briefs to support knowledge and understanding of innovative practice and explore opportunities for integrated youth services (IYS) and the youth-serving sector in BC and across Canada.  We are excited to share what Foundry is doing to meet the needs of young people and their families, and to continue leading conversations about transforming the system of care for youth and young adults.   

Our brief, Offering Walk-in Counselling as a Low-Barrier and Accessible Service for Youth highlights key evidence and learnings in developing and delivering walk-in counselling in an IYS setting.   


Walk-in Counselling at Foundry: Why is this important? 

Almost 6,000 youth accessed Foundry’s walk-in counselling service between April 2022 and March 2023 – and nearly half of those youth were accessing Foundry for the first time.  Walk-in counselling is appealing to young people, reduces barriers to access, and facilitates early intervention – reducing wait times for young people seeking help, while also reducing the burden on the broader health system.   

To learn more about walk-in counselling at Foundry, click below:

Policy Brief #1: Offering Walk-in Counselling as a Low-Barrier and Accessible Service for Youth 

French Version: Offrir du Counseling Sans Rendez-Vous en Tant que Service à Faible Barrière et Accessible Pour les Jeunes


Other Foundry Publications: 

Transforming Access to Care: Foundry’s Integrated Youth Services Model 

This evidence brief sets out the evidence and rationale behind the core components of Foundry’s IYS model and approach to transforming access to services for youth and young adults in British Columbia.