Penzance based charity Counselling for Social Change (CSC) has secured £9520 to offer free counselling to people across Cornwall dealing with the impact of coronavirus.
CSC offered free drop-in sessions during the lockdown and the grant will enable the charity to provide longer term support to local people affected by the pandemic. CSC normally provides long-term, low-cost counselling on a sliding scale.
The funding from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund means people suffering from the psychological impact of Covid-19 will be able to access free counselling and help clients to deal with the impact of a changed and changing world.
Due to the pandemic, sessions will be on the phone and online. The charity also aims to evaluate whether this model works generally for people living in more remote areas of Cornwall where it is harder to access services.
Clayton Elliott, CSC’s Managing Director stated:
“Cornwall was already one of the most deprived areas of Europe before the pandemic. The impact of the lockdown has had a massive impact on our community and we are very glad to be able to offer free sessions to those who need it most.”
Counselling for Social Change is now offering ‘single session counselling’ services through our low-cost counselling service.
What is Single Session Counselling (SSC)?
SSC is an evidence-based, client-focused counselling session. The focus of the session is on your main concern, challenge or difficulty, and what you want to achieve from your session. Our aim is for you to leave the session with some ideas or strategies to try out.
Attending an SSC doesn’t preclude you from accessing our other services, such as ongoing counselling. This may be something that you discuss during the session.
Why should I choose an SSC?
SSC can help to make sure you’re getting the most of your first, and sometimes only, session. SSC is collaborative and responsive; with a focus on your key concerns and goals, with you and your counsellor working together on strategies for change.
What issues can SSC address?
SSC can be used for a wide range of issues. This includes helping people improve their relationships, and find ways to manage emotions, grief and loss, mental health issues, anxiety, life changes and more.
What happens during an SSC?
Before you attend a session, you’ll be asked to complete a questionnaire to help your counsellor find out more about your main concerns and goals for the session.
We will focus your time on a single concern and help you work towards a solution or way forward.
At the end of the session you and your counsellor may discuss options for further support.
Counselling for Social Change, a low-cost counselling service operating across Cornwall, has just delivered its 1000th counselling session to people on low incomes.
Based in Penzance, Counselling for Social Change provides affordable face-to-face, online and telephone counselling.
Having just celebrated its second birthday, the organisation has now taken on more counsellors and extended its service across the county.
Clayton Elliott, one of the trustees stated:
“It has been really exciting to see our organisation grow. As a small organisation, run entirely by volunteers, it feels great to celebrate the first of many milestones. The work we do, providing emotional and psychological support to people on low-incomes, is really important and I’m very happy to see it growing and reaching more and more people across Cornwall.”
This is our new site to promote the low cost counselling service we provide across Cornwall. For more information about Counselling for Social Change, visit http://www.counsellingforsocialchange.org.uk
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