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.

Administration: Rosalind keeps the office and Library under control. Unfortunately, Lucy had to give up her role, but we are grateful for all the effort that she expended in helping us.

Training courses: The Advanced Counselling Course, level 4, finished in February, much to everyone’s relief. Two years seemed a long time. However, the effort was worthwhile in the completion of the course and impending success.

Although we are in need of more supervisors and had hoped to run a Supervisors’ course in the autumn, we have decided to put that on hold until 2015.

We hope to run the Listening and Responding Course during the summer. However, there will be no other training courses until 2015, when the revised level 3 course, combining levels 2 and 3, will hopefully be available with our new awarding body. We will need trainers to come over from the UK.

Fundraising: Rosalind is organising another Quiz for us on May 30th at the St Martin’s Community Hall. We are grateful to Cherry McMillen for being willing to be our quizmaster again and for her support.

Margaret: as many of you will know, after 10 years of dedicated hard work, has ‘relinquished the reins’ of her major involvement with Philippi and is looking forward to her well-earned and deserved retirement. We are very grateful for her huge contribution to the establishment and ‘success’ of Philippi Guernsey and wish her a long and happy retirement.

We would like to thank you for your continued support.

Wishing you all blessings for this Easter time.