Counselling: Last year we had 135 new referrals, which is less than in the past. This is partly due to some re-organisation in the Mental Health Services, although we are getting more referrals from GPs and other sources. We continue to have a waiting list, due mainly to a reduction in the number of our counsellors. The number of counselling hours delivered last year was 1200 and number of supervision hours was 136.
Once again, thanks go to our counsellors; Amanda, Annabel, Bebe, Christine, Emma, Jane, Julie E, Liz, Sue and Sarah, Greg and Nigel, and our supervisors; Sarah and Brian who have continued to give their time and skills. Julie E, who left the island in September 2014, is willing and able to counsel via Skype. We welcome Carole who is joining us.
Sad news: Malcolm Worsley, the founder of Philippi Trust died on 22/12/15. His health had not been good for a long time and gradually deteriorated over the year. The Celebration of his life was on 29/1/16 and was attended by about 200 people, including Philippians from Namibia, South Africa, Germany, Ireland and Guernsey.
AGM Tuesday 5th April at 6pm: In the Reading Room at Les Cotils, followed by a meal in the dining room for anyone who would like to join us. Please contact us, so we can make arrangements.
Training courses: Two Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills courses have now been completed. A Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills is planned for April 2016. It is hoped that we can run another Level 2 Course later in the year and the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a recognised qualification, is planned for September. It is a 2-year course with 420 hours of tutor contact time and 120 credits towards entry on to a degree course. All the courses have been re-written and are awarded by CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body). This is attracting people who want to enhance the work they already do or are considering a change in career. However, Philippi Guernsey are looking for those with a faith background, who might consider volunteering for us, if they felt a calling to this type of training and work.
Fundraising: Waitrose Community Matters Green token scheme raised £246 at Admiral Park. Thank you to all those who supported us.
CPD (Continuing Professional Development): A programme is being planned, although not as intensive as last year. There are CPD events run by outside organisations, which are available to us.
Philippi Trust International: The Philippi Trust International has been incorporated. The next Philippi Trust International conference will be in Guernsey in November, instead of October 2017.