Local counselling charity has received a major funding grant for its Bedford Centre of £5,000 from The Harper Trust to enable people on low incomes to receive counselling for a range of issues including depression, anxiety, bereavement, eating disorders and relationship issues.
The Trust awards around £1 million in grants to community projects, organisations or individuals in the Bedford Borough who make a difference to those in the local area and has recognised the work of The Counselling Foundation.
The Foundation have recently relocated to a more central location within the Citizens Advice Bureau, in the vibrant St Paul’s Square, making it more accessible to the community with mobility access. The Foundation’s Centre Head at Bedford, Nick Pandya, praised The Trust for supporting the Foundation’s Resilience Clinic project.
“The number of people in Bedford and surrounding areas who are suffering with the types of issues that benefit from counselling has seen a marked increase.” Mr Pandya said. “We see the increase in numbers every year. The pressures of life including the loss of available work, influence of social media and the internet, and other government cutbacks have had a severe impact. Mental health issues and low income is often linked so we know this grant will help those most in need.”
Anyone interested in applying for counselling at the Foundation can contact the Foundation directly without a GP referral. All clients are asked to pay only what they can afford.
The Foundation has been providing affordable counselling as well as training many counsellors to full professional qualification and running courses for those interested in becoming a counsellor or developing listening skills to help them in their current job role.
Grant and Contract Manager Judy Mallinson said that it was especially valuable to have the support of The Harpur Trust which recognises the value of counselling and what it could offer the community.