Counselling Hub Throws Open Its Doors

Counselling Hub Throws Open Its Doors

Counsellors are celebrating upgrading their premises and expanding their team, after putting a £40,000 boost to work.

The Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub (NWCH) – which has already worked with more than 751 clients over the past two years – is now superbly placed to provide potentially lifesaving support to more distressed youngsters and adults.

And on Saturday (February 2), it will be throwing open the doors of its Allenby Industrial Estate premises to visitors, including special guests Lincoln’s Mayor Councillor Keith Weaver and Mayoress Jacqui Lane.

Chief Executive Naomi Watkins and fellow Director Alex Parkin are thrilled with their latest expansion move.  By switching one of their previous two units, they now have the use of neighbouring premises which has allowed the Hub to vastly increase its number of counselling rooms – as well as training facilities.

Two more experts have also just been recruited, which means that 17 counsellors and six support staff and two pet therapy dogs are now working out of the increasingly successful Community Interest Company.

The new recruits are Karen Hopper and Heather Rice. Another two counsellors are being interviewed this week.

“We are thrilled to have put £40,000 – awarded by The Key Fund last year – to good use to enhance our accommodation, allowing us to help many more people in need and start their counselling programmes even sooner,” said Naomi.

“This is the second lot of assistance we have had from The Key Fund, which gave us £60,000 just a few months earlier.  Both awards were in the form of a part grant/part loan.

“We had already created six counselling rooms, which are specifically decorated to help put children, teenagers, single adults and couples at their ease.  We are delighted that we have been able to create three more in our second unit, including facilities on the ground floor tailored to the needs of people with disabilities.”

Naomi said everyone at NWCH is especially excited about their forthcoming Open Day, which will run from 10am to 4pm.   So much has happened over the past year and team members are keen to meet visitors and explain how rewarding it is to help put lives back on track.

The team includes Hub Co-ordinator Diane Haines, a former volunteer, whose post was also created with support from The Key Fund.

Among its many services, NWCH offers free counselling to young people between the ages of four and 18 and extends its rape and sexual abuse counselling in the younger age category, to those up to 25-years-old.

NWCH receives referrals from charity organisations, schools, Macmillan nurses, GPs, drug and alcohol services, the Probation Service, and other medical professionals.