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.

Thanks go to our counsellors; Margaret, Amanda, Fiona, Helen, Janet, Liz, Pat, Sue and Sarah and our supervisors; Margaret, Maura and Brian, who continue to give their time and skills. The level 3 course finished in January, and we welcome Christine, Emma, Felisa, Nigel and Tom, who are joining our team of counsellors. We also welcome Elizabeth and Jane, who trained elsewhere. This means that we will be able to reduce our waiting list over the next few weeks, which is good.

Administration: Rosalind has been kept busy in the office and is expecting a baby in June. She will be on maternity leave until September and we wish her well.

AGM Wednesday 14thMarch at 6pm in the Reading Room at Les Cotils

If you would like to stay & join us for a meal afterwards, then please let us know and we will send you the menu to order. The cost is £13.

Training courses: In April 2012, we plan to start an Advanced Counselling Course, level 4, (equivalent to a Diploma), which will run for 2 years. The purpose of this is to upgrade our training and professional standards to fulfil proposed governmental requirements for counselling. There are about 10 of our counsellors who are hoping to start the course. Margaret is planning to do the majority of teaching, which will be an enormous task and we are immensely grateful to her.

There is also an 8 hour Listening and Responding course which is suitable for both secular and church communities. It has proved to be of use to managers of organisations as well as church study groups. All fees and times are negotiable and fees are donated to Philippi for training and the maintenance of the service.

Quiet Day : November 19th 2011

Unfortunately, it had to be cancelled due to lack of support, much to the distress of those who had signed up.

 Fundraising

We are still hoping to fully fund the cost of the level 4 course and have had a few donations, for which we are extremely grateful. There is also the cost of the supervisor’s course to be funded.

Unfortunately, because we are a faith-based organisation and not a high profile, mainstream charity, we do not seem to fit the criteria for many charitable works, despite the obvious need for counselling across the board, from professionals to the unemployed. Our clients come from churches and the community and we provide an accessible service, which complements existing provision. Therefore, the directors feel that the next stage is to approach the churches on the island to ask for their support. If you know of anyone who might be able to help in some way, then we would be delighted to hear from them. Small things all help. For example, please fill in the Community Matters form in Waitrose.

Website

Our new website is operative, please have a look at it;

www.philippi.org.gg

We do value your continued interest and prayer support.

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Many thanks

Sarah