City Impact Counselling is an initiative of local Christians responding to the unprecedented rise in mental health issues and financial difficulties. We will provide an affordable service in the Canterbury district to ensure counselling is available to all adults who would want it. We aim to empower and support people to cope with difficult or painful situations they are experiencing and to improve their mental wellbeing. We will keep costs low by using qualified volunteer counsellors, supervised trainee final year counsellors and only 2 P/T paid staff. This will allow us to provide part and fully funded sessions for anyone unable to pay the £40 cost per session. We will provide counselling venues across the district for accessibility and offer short or longer term counselling. The service will be provided by people of Christian faith. However, they will not make any assumptions or have any requirements about your beliefs and values and will not press their faith onto you.
What we'll deliver:
- Provide affordable counselling sessions for Canterbury district residents
- Offer a minimum of 1000 part or fully funded sessions in year 1
- Recruit a minimum of 10 counsellors
- Deliver professional development training and supervision for counsellors
Why it's a great idea:
City Impact Counselling will help residents to get back on their feet after the difficulties of 2020 by providing safe places & expertise to help them work through their problems. After the generous outpouring of neighbourliness in the district last year we want to fan into flame, once more, the community spirit to provide funded counselling sessions for our fellow neighbours struggling with mental wellbeing who would otherwise go without. A local counselling organisation currently has a 10 month waiting list for adults counselling. The Archbishop of Canterbury recently said "We have a national case of PTSD." City Impact's Counselling service will help to cut existing waiting lists. The service will be a resource for individuals and also a resource for organisations to signpost employees or volunteers for help. Over time, the effect of enabling all who would like counselling to receive it, will support the Canterbury district to become a better and happier place to live and work.
Steps to get it done:
- Have a clinical supervisor in post
- Service Manager in post
- Securing counselling venues
- Recruitment campaign for volunteer counsellors
- Policies and procedures in place
- promotional campaign