Talking About the Power of Counselling

Talking About the Power of Counselling

There was a lively buzz at a Lincoln counselling centre when members of the city’s Civic Party and other visitors called in during its busy Open Day.

Lincoln’s Mayor Councillor Keith Weaver and Mayoress Jacqui Lane and others were fascinated to hear how the Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub (NWCH) has worked with 750 clients, of all ages, over the past two years.

People had a chance to chat to the Community Interest Company’s Chief Executive Naomi Watkins and fellow director Alex Parkin about the Hub’s development and ask its counsellors about the rewarding work they do.

They discovered how the Hub’s success in winning several rounds of funding have allowed it to grow physically, take on more experienced staff and, most importantly, help many more distressed young people and adults quicker.

The Allenby Industrial Estate Hub, which is based in linked neighbouring premises has expanded and recruited additional staff – giving it 19 counsellors and six support workers, as well as two much-loved therapy dogs – and it also boasts training facilities.

“Our latest improvements and the fact that we are in the middle of recruiting four new counsellors, is down to the £40,000 awarded to us last year by The Key Fund, in the form of a part grant/part loan.  That followed a £60,000 award from them a few months earlier,” said Naomi.

“Our Open Day was a great success. We were able to showcase our nine counselling rooms, all of which are tailored to the individual needs of children, young people, singles, couples and families.

“People were also really interested to learn about the wide range of counselling programmes we have, which include the offer of free counselling to young people between the ages of four and 18.  We have also extended our rape and sexual abuse counselling in the younger age category, for those up to 25-years-old.

“Our referrals come from charity organisations, schools, Macmillan nurses, GPs, drug and alcohol services, the Probation Service and other medical professionals and we are really proud to have built an expert team to suit our individual clients’ very diverse needs,” added Naomi.

NWCH is now gearing-up for another special celebration – its second Birthday Ball at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, overlooking the city’s Brayford Pool, on Saturday, March 30.