On behalf of the thousands of people who will turn to Relate Mid Thames & Buckinghamshire this year, and our team of professional relationship counsellors, I would like to publicly thank the Louis Baylis Trust for again supporting our Bursary Funding Scheme with a £2,000 grant.
Relate MTB is a stand-alone local charity and we rely on local donations and grants for all our funding. The continued support of the Louis Baylis Trust enables us to meet the growing need for counselling regardless of people in need’s ability to pay. In 2016-17 we provided counselling to 1,990 – and increase on the previous year and we are expecting that number to rise again in this current year.
The Louis Baylis Trust is supported by everyone who buys a copy of the Maidenhead Advertiser and the Windsor & Eton Express and, as a reader myself, I appreciate the important role that having reliable, quality newspapers plays in supporting our community, so I would like to extend my thanks also to all the staff and readers.
We are so pleased that one of our supporters has won £250 on the Vale Lottery.
This is a great way of supporting this organisation and ensuring we can continue to offer Bursary support. Last year 15% of all appointments were supported by the Bursary scheme – to continue to do this we must raise significant funds, and we do this through the support of local authorities including Aylesbury Vale and their lottery fund.
Our wonderful colleague here at Relate MTB is our local charity’s first ever runner in the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 23!
Amanda works hard behind the scenes to ensure that local families, couples, children, grandparents and individuals of all ages can access our professional relationship counselling regardless of their ability to pay.
On top of that Amanda, a local mum, runs a busy home and family life – and is training for hours every week to build up to her first full marathon to raise money for our Bursary Funding Scheme.
She says: Amanda says: “I see the difference the counsellors make to people of all ages, from young children upwards, and from all walks of life. I’ve never run a marathon before and it’s a big challenge for me – mentally as well as physically – but I’m determined to finish the course to help provide Relate MTB counselling to local people.”
Please join us in cheering on Amanda as she pounds the streets of the London on April 23, and make a difference to your community by sponsoring her at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/relate2/417970
Thank you very much to the customers of Waitrose in Chesham, who have supported Relate’s work in Chesham with their donation of £284.
Berkshire Cancer Rehabilitation
Helping people affected by cancer in Berkshire with physical, emotional and practical support
Wanting to help people living with and moving on from cancer to find their ‘new normal’, the Berkshire Cancer Rehabilitation team held two information days in January, which we at Relate Mid Thames and Buckinghamshire as we provide counselling as part of the rehabilitation programme offer.
With almost 300 patients and their relatives attending the events, the Rehab team had arranged a great range of speakers, covering the many NHS and voluntary sector services available to patients. There were talks about complementary therapies, such as massage, acupuncture and Tai chi, tips on how to eat more healthily, managing tiredness, getting physically active, returning to work and getting some counselling.
As well as the programme of speakers, other organisations which support cancer patients also had stands and displays. Apart from our stand there was information on such things as travel insurance, wigs and support for carers.
There was also plenty of time during the breaks for patients and their families to talk to others, sharing experiences and support.
For more information contact the Rehab team on 01344 662909 or visit Berkshire Cancer Rehabilitation
The continuing professional development and clinical supervision of Relate counsellors is being supported by a £2,000 grant awarded in December 2016 by the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust (Maidenhead Advertiser) Thank you for this vital support.
Letter from Janice Campbell, new Chair of Relate MTB
(from left) Fiona Greenfield, Centre Director, Tim Brooke-Taylor, President, out-going Chair Christopher Vane, new Chair Janice Campbell
Relate MTB is grateful for the opportunity to publicly thank the Louis Baylis Trust for their dedicated support of our service. You can read Centre Director Fiona Greenfield’s appreciation of the difference the Trust’s support makes to our charity in this week’s Maidenhead Advertiser (October 27, 2016) along with comments from many of the other local good causes the Trust supports.
A tremendous amount of time, commitment and skill goes into evaluating the many applications and we would like to thank all the trustees, and all the staff at the Advertiser for their hard work which makes our local service possible.
If you know of any Trusts that could support the vital work of our counsellors, or if you work for a company that likes to give back to the community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org