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.
Administration: Rosalind had her baby, Austin, in June and has recently returned from maternity leave. It is good to have her back.
Training courses: In April 2012, we started the 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. Nine of our counsellors started the course and we were soon joined by Julie, who is a life-coach. The course is a big commitment for us all, especially Margaret who is doing most of the training. Unfortunately, one student has decided not to continue.
Margaret ran an 8 hour Listening and Responding course and is currently running another Pastoral Skills course, which will finish in January.
Fundraising: We are still hoping to fully fund the cost of the level 4 course and have had a couple of donations, for which we are very grateful. Please help us by filling in the Community Matters form in Waitrose, which raised about £250 for us in July.
We wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a healthy New Year.
PS. Please accept my apologies for not adding this before Christmas! Spring is on its way!