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.
Administration: Rosalind is working in the office and Lucy is looking after the designated mobile telephone. We are grateful to have their help.
Training courses: The Advanced Counselling Course, level 4, (equivalent to a Diploma), is officially in the second year now, as it will finish next February. It is going well, with plenty of work to keep us busy and time is passing alarmingly quickly.
Listening and Responding 8 hour course is being held on Monday 15th and 22nd April from 9.30am until 1pm at St Andrew’s Church Barn.
PLEASE call Margaret on 254633 if you are interested in attending.
Fundraising: We are still hoping to fully fund the cost of the level 4 course. Please help us by filling in the Community Matters forms in Waitrose (which raised about £250 for us in July).
Rosalind is organising a Philippi quiz night for Friday 24th May, poster and details to be circulated shortly.
We are very grateful to Collins Stewart and the Soroptomists who generously sponsored my Supervisor’s Course, which started in February and continues at monthly intervals until June.
AGM Wednesday 24th April at 6pm in the Reading Room at Les Cotils.
Please let us know if you would like to join us for a meal afterwards and we will send you the menu. The cost is likely to be £14.95, with tea or coffee extra. Please call the office on 230745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org