Free counselling for low income families

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Free counselling for low income families

Free counselling for low income families

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Free community based counselling in Blacon and Lache for those in low income families; adults, children and young people who are experiencing mental health issues.

Blacon Fundraising stage

pledged of £25,649
days left

Without being properly addressed, mental health problems can leave people disadvantaged throughout their life. More people than ever need help and NHS services are overloaded and unable to cope with the increase in demand. Those who can't afford to pay for private therapy end up struggling on alone. We offer free client counselling & art/play therapy in Blacon and Lache, working in venues such as schools and community centres that are local and easy for clients to get to. We're family focused and recognise that parental trauma and adversity can have a profound affect on children. As a result, we sometimes work with more than one member of a family to affect change. We use a person centred approach, recognising that every client's needs and challenges are different. Therapy isn't time limited and our focus is on helping clients achieve real long-term healing rather than just temporary symptom reduction. We've been described as a priceless resource by clients and referrers.

What we'll deliver:

  • 350 counselling sessions for clients from low income families

Why it's a great idea:

There's an inextricable link between poverty and poor mental health and those in this situation are often the least likely to be able to access help. Our service works to address this in Blacon and Lache and help one or more family members address mental health issues. We know that positive changes in one person's mental health can have significant benefits for the rest of their family, amplifying the impact of our service by 3-4x. Feedback from clients suggests counselling has led to specific changes in their lives including:- building more positive family/peer relationships, leaving difficult and abusive relationships, accessing education when they've previously not been able to, seeking diagnoses for additional needs, making successful transitions from primary to high school, applying for work, feeling more able to take on other responsibilities in the workplace and feeling more able to cope with other challenges in their life.

Steps to get it done:

  • Contact referrers to remind them of criteria and how to make referrals into our counselling service
  • Print off leaflets to promote service & distribute via local community groups and food banks in Blacon and Lache
  • Deliver counselling sessions

Location Blacon

About the space

Blacon and Lache- two areas within bottom 10% Index Multiple Deprivation


Cheshire West and Chester Council

How will the money be spent?Total £25,648

Counselling provision - £14,000 (55%)
Project coordination and client coordination support - £3,300 (13%)
Room rental for counselling - £2,800 (11%)
Office costs - £2,000 (8%)
Training and external supervision - £900 (4%)
Phone contract, travel and art materials for counselling - £260 (1%)
Promotion materials - £200 (1%)
Safeguarding- DBS and training - £100 (0%)
Other - £2,088 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Counselling provision
Project coordination and client coordination support
Room rental for counselling
Office costs
Training and external supervision
Phone contract, travel and art materials for counselling
Promotion materials
Safeguarding- DBS and training
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • More counselling sessions
  • Additional training for team

Total £25,648

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