The Counselling Foundation has been named as one of the charities who will benefit from the fifth Broxbourne and East Herts Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge
The 2017/18 launch took place on 2 October and is the fifth and biggest year for the organisers CVS for Broxbourne & East Herts. This year the Foundation have been teamed with an apprentice group from Robert Barclay Academy and their teacher Marcia Hamilton and will be mentored by business dragon Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop of Broxbourne Borough Council.
Angela Pask, Marketing Communications said “we have high hopes for our new dragons, 6th formers from Robert Barclay Academy ‘The RBA Whisperers’ are already buzzing with inspirational ideas to help raise funds for our mental health charity in the 2017/18 challenge. This opportunity is a great way for our organisation to work with important groups like the council and schools within the community to continue with the promotion of positive mental health that they are already involved in. Our centre for low-cost counselling in Broxbourne sees clients from across East Hertfordshire for our subsidised service and by partnering with the Dragons Apprentice, we will be able to support more people and their wellbeing.”
This celebrates the third time the Foundation have been chosen and the funds raised will help pay for a collection of videos for their website and YouTube, which will illustrate what counselling is, what to expect in a session and how it can help people feel better. Angela added “one in four individuals suffers from ill mental health but not nearly enough seek help. The aim of these videos is to reduce anxiety for those new to the service and encourage more people to try it out.”
During the challenge teams of students from schools and colleges work hard with their dragons to come up with innovative ways of earning money for selected local charities. Each team are given £100 seed money and challenged to turn it into £1,000 or more. Dragons provide support in the form of advice, and access to resources, to help teams achieve their business goal and funding target.
To date over 1600 young people have participated in the Dragons Challenge and over £386,000 in funds have been presented to 190 Hertfordshire based charities.
To find out more about low cost counselling, contact The Counselling Foundation in Broxbourne on 01992 637 285 or via www.counsellingfoundation.org.
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