We are delighted to update you at the beginning of what is already becoming a very busy year and to thank you, as a valued supporter, on behalf of all our clients, counsellors, admin team and trustees, for your continuing help.
In a bustling 2019 we expanded not only the services we provide but also the locations where we offer them.
Welcoming the Edward Gostling Foundation to our Maidenhead office with Cllr Phil Haseler, our new Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead representative.
Particular highlights are being able to offer funded counselling for cancer patients, their partners and families – thanks to Macmillan Cancer Care in Buckinghamshire and to the Edward Gostling Foundation and Louis Baylis Charitable Trust in Berkshire, and to the specialist training provided for our counsellors by Macmillan. We continue to apply to local charitable organisations to support this important work.
We also won a contract to deliver part of the ‘Parenting Together Support Programme’ funded by the Department of Work & Pensions. Working in a consortium with two Relate London centres we deliver mentalization therapy to reduce parental conflict in unemployed and vulnerable families in the Bucks area.
We know how important it is to our clients, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable, to be able to access local counselling and so we are pleased to now offer new venues in Chalfont St Peter and at Chiltern Hills Academy in Chesham.
We have made a very a positive start to the year by welcoming four Relate student counsellors who have joined the centre on placement alongside their Institute of Family Therapy Relationship Counselling Training. We have also welcomed three new Trustees, including our new Treasurer, Michael.
In 2019 we were very grateful to receive donations from new funders, including the Rothschild Foundation, Edward Gostling Foundation and the WHSmith Community grant scheme. We are very appreciative of the continued support of the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust, Chiltern District Council, South Bucks District Council, Aylesbury Vale & District Council, Heart of Bucks Community Foundation, Macmillan and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Behind the scenes we once again passed the stringent BACP accreditation process and we have re-arranged our admin office to improve efficiency, the working environment of our Maidenhead admin team and counsellors and to improve our service to clients.
These improvements are helping us to manage the significant increase in demand for our services that we have seen in the past four months, fuelled by financial uncertainty and the emotional pressures of Christmas and New Year.
None of this would be possible without your support and in return we would be delighted to welcome you to visit us to hear more about our developing service and to fully appreciate the difference that your support makes.
Please email our Centre Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for your vital help in making such an important difference to our local communities and to the well-being of local people and families.
Janice Campbell, Chair, Relate MTB