Christmas Newsletter 2014

Counselling: This year has been busy throughout and the number of new referrals to date is 172. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continues to be extremely busy and consequently we are getting more referrals. Therefore, understandably, we have a waiting list, although the counsellors are working very hard to keep up with it.

Training courses: We are planning to run a Level 2 Course starting in April with a trainer from the UK. It will be a week in April, a week in May & a Friday and Saturday in June and July to give the contact time of 90 – 100 hours. Please contact us or pass on the information.

Listening and Responding Day: we hope to run another on Saturday 7th February.

BIG Celebration: on June 14th, we had a party at the Hotel Jerbourg on a beautiful sunny day. We were celebrating and awarding the Advanced Counselling Course certificates to the 9 successful Level 4 students, acknowledging Margaret’s retirement and recognizing 10 years since Philippi Guernsey LBG was officially launched. We were privileged to have Malcolm and Jennifer come over to be with us for the weekend.

Margaret has been gradually reducing her workload over the last few months. She was nominated and shortlisted to one of 3, for the Guernsey Community Foundation Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, which is an accolade. We congratulate Margaret on this achievement and wish her a happy retirement, which gives her the time   to do the things that she would like to do.

Philippi Trust International: a couple of us went to Ireland in October to meet up with members of the Philippi Trust from the UK, Namibia, Germany and the USA. Unfortunately, the representatives from South Africa were unable to get funding in time to come and Malcolm had hoped to join us, but his health did not permit the journey. Skype helped cover the miles. The purpose was to establish a way forward to protect Malcolm’s original vision of the Philippi Trust for the future. There was a real sense of purpose and unity over the weekend. Continue reading

Spring Newsletter 2014

Counselling: Last year was our busiest year to date and our final number of new referrals was 157, in comparison with 82 in 2012. The service gave over 1500 hours of counselling and 225 hours of supervision in 2013. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continues to be extremely busy, which is why we are getting so many referrals.

We have been particularly busy since last September and have already had 62 new clients this year. Consequently we have a growing waiting list, although the counsellors are working very hard to accommodate this.

Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Annabel, Carmel, Christine, Emma, Fiona, Jane, Jo, Julie, Liz, Sue, and Sarah, Colin, Greg, Nigel and Tom and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura, Sarah and Brian, who all continue to give their time and skills. We have just been joined by Dilnia, who has recently come to the island and has nearly completed her level 4 course in the UK. We welcome her.

With so many counsellors, we were in need of more venues in which to see clients. We are appreciative of the use of rooms and facilities at St Andrew’s Church Barn, Les Camps Methodist Church, Trinity Church, The King’s Barn Mission in Rue du Gelee, Bordeaux Mission and Galaad Methodist Church. We have been offered the use of St Matthew’s Church Hall at Le Guet in Castel and a room in the old Rectory at St Pierre du Bois, for which we are thankful and they are now ready and available for use. Continue reading

Christmas Newsletter 2013

Christmas Newsletter 2013

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: This year has been our busiest for counselling, with 137 referrals so far. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continue to be extremely busy, which is why we are getting a lot more referrals. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Annabel, Carmel, Christine, Emma, Fiona, Jane, Janet, Jo, Julie, Liz, Sue, and Sarah, Colin, Greg, Nigel and Tom and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura Sarah and Brian, who all continue to give their time and skills. We have still been able to allocate clients to counsellors, and are virtually at capacity, so have a short waiting list.

With so many counsellors, we are in need of more venues in which to see clients, so would welcome suggestions from any churches or chapels, which have a spare room available during the week that they might be able to offer us. We are appreciative of the use of rooms and facilities at St Andrew’s Church Barn, Les Camps Methodist Church, Trinity Church, The King’s Barn Mission in Rue du Gelee, Bordeaux Mission and Galaad Methodist Church.

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Spring Newsletter 2013

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: Last year was quieter for counselling, with 82 referrals, in comparison with 97 in 2011 and 122 in 2010. However, around 950 hours of counselling hours were delivered, an increase of 150 hours on 2011. Around 350 hours of supervision were delivered, which has increased considerably, due to the greater number of counsellors. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continue to be extremely busy and we are still getting some new clients from GPs and Adult Mental Health. However, our range of referrals does seem to be coming from a wider source, including our website. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Fiona, Liz, Sue, Christine, Emma, Annabel, Jane, Julie, Janet and Sarah, Colin, Nigel, Tom and Greg and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura and Brian, who all continue to give their time and skills. We have been joined by Carmel and Jo, who, like Greg, are doing a placement with us and we welcome these new counsellors to our team. We have been able to allocate clients to counsellors, without having a waiting list, although that position may change soon.

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Winter Newsletter 2012

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: This year has not been quite such a busy one for counselling, but extremely busy with training. So far we have had 75 new referrals. The Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service continues to take many of the referrals from GPs. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Fiona, Liz, Sue, Christine, Emma, Nigel and Tom, Annabel, Jane and Sarah and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura and Brian, who continue to give their time and skills. Brian, Elizabeth and Janet have been helping with personal therapy for students, together with Felicity and Gillian from outside of Philippi. Helen and Pat have been taking a break for family reasons. During the year we welcomed Colin who trained in Ireland and recently Greg, who is training in London. We have been able to allocate clients to counsellors, without having a waiting list until recently.

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Spring Newsletter 2012

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: Last year was a busy one for counselling and training. We had 97 new referrals, compared with 122 in 2010. Just over 800 hundred hours of counselling were delivered to new and returning clients. Some of them have been coming for a few years, due to their severe damage. The introduction of the Primary Care Service in September has reduced our referrals from GPs in the last four months. There were also 158 hours of supervision delivered during the year, the lion share having been done by Margaret. This highlights the need for more supervisors to be trained, especially as Margaret & Maura have a full workload and hope to be retiring before too long.

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Autumn Newsletter 2011

Dear Friends & Supporters

Counselling: This year is continuing to be a busy one for counselling and training. We have had 80 new referrals so far, compared with 98 at this time last year.  At present, there is a short waiting list of about 6 people. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Fiona, Helen, Janet, Liz, Pat and Sarah and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura and Brian, who continue to give their time and skills.

Some of our counsellors have had their own challenges of illness, work issues and moving house to overcome. Sue, who had answered our designated telephone line since the beginning of Philippi Guernsey, has decided to relinquish it after 7 years of dedicated service. We appreciate and thank Sue for her valuable contribution over the years and extend her our best wishes for the future. The telephone line will now be answered by the manager.

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Spring Newsletter 2011

Dear friends & supporters

Counselling: Last year was a busy one for counselling and training. We had 122 new referrals, just a few less than 2009 and just over 700 sessions of counselling were delivered, 200 less than 2009.  Currently there is a 2 – 3 month waiting list of about a dozen people. Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Janet, Amanda, Magdalena, Helen, Liz, Lucy, Pat and Sarah and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura, Jenny and Brian who continue to give their time and skills.

Unfortunately, it has been a difficult year for many of our counsellors. Thankfully, Margaret has recovered well from her two episodes of surgery, which have been successful. Others are or have been unwell or had family concerns. Magdalena expects her first baby soon and we wish her well. We are pleased to welcome Fiona and her family to the island and look forward to Fiona’s participation with us.

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