Counselling for women has been boosted in three Hertfordshire locations with a £6,708 grant from the Tampon Tax Community Fund awarded to The Counselling Foundation.
The grant will allow women on limited incomes to receive additional support towards their counselling at the charity’s centres in St Albans, Stevenage and Broxbourne.
The Foundation’s CEO Robert Cuming welcomed the grant, “it will give many more women access to low-cost but high-quality counselling, to be able to confidentially talk about what they want without the fear of being judged.”
The grant will support women on benefits to have up to 30 sessions of one-to-one counselling that they would otherwise not have been able to afford. It will enable them to develop the skills and resilience to deal with issues including bereavement, abuse, illness, anxiety and depression, as well as building confidence and self-esteem.
By meeting with their own counsellor each week, women can be enabled to develop new skills and resilience to reach their potential and enjoy an improved sense of wellbeing.
Counselling provided by the Foundation has already empowered many women, with their comments including:
“I finally have some time and space that’s just for me where I can be truly listened to,” “I am able to open up more about my feelings and share thoughts with others without always feeling judged” and “I became confident enough to apply for jobs and go to interviews, which I really struggled with before.”
The Tampon Tax Community Fund is money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. UK Community Foundations was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through this levy to small, local projects.
All women, regardless of circumstances, are encouraged to apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning the St Albans office on 01727 868585.
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- The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity providing low cost, quality counselling and counsellor training for the better mental health and educational advancement of our communities. Founded in 1974, the Foundation has now become one of the largest counselling and training centres outside of London, with five centres in Bedford, Broxbourne, Luton, St Albans and Stevenage, delivering over 30,000 counselling sessions a year including NHS contracts across the counties.
- Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) is an independent charity that encourages local giving. Donations received are turned into grants to support grassroots groups working to improve the lives of vulnerable people and create stronger local communities in Hertfordshire.
- Since inception in 1988, HCF have awarded over £11 million in grant aid support to local communities. HCF currently manages over 100 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, companies and other organisations. During 2017/2018 £804,126 was awarded in grant aid to over 250 charitable groups working to tackle identified need in Hertfordshire.
- Community Foundations are independent charities that make grants to support grassroots groups. They work with local businesses, funders and government to create tailored programmes of grant-making that respond to the needs and assets of communities.
- The Tampon Tax Community Fund is money generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. UK Community Foundations was asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through this levy to small, local projects.
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