Our mission is simply to provide free counselling for those key workers who are keeping our country going throughout this global pandemic.
This project aims to help key workers who can’t access the proceeds of other fundraising activities; the ones who are often on low incomes; the ones who are experiencing trauma and grief through doing their jobs, jobs that were never envisaged to be ‘front line’ in a crisis.
They are the women and men who are caring for our elderly loved ones, delivering our post, issuing our prescriptions, emptying our bins, driving our buses and trains, caring for our children, delivering our online shopping, serving us in local businesses, shops and supermarkets. The heroes who are keeping our country going.
They are your loved ones, your neighbours, your friends.
They are keeping our communities together and providing a critical lifeline for our most vulnerable people. They are putting the needs of others before their own.
They are battling exhaustion, anxiety and fear. They are fighting for survival.
It is time for us to care for them; to help them through this crisis and beyond, so they can continue helping us all in the future.
Our target is to raise £39,000 which will enable us to provide 1000 hours of much needed counselling support for key workers.
(We’d actually love to raise much more – but that is down to you!)
Each hour of counselling costs £39. This is a reduced, non-profit rate that covers the costs of the counsellor, equipment/technology, venue (where applicable), insurance, supervision, professional membership costs, continuing professional development (CPD) training and a very small sum to manage the service.
Most people, but not all, will need 6 counselling sessions. This amounts to £234.
The best practice service that we already deliver to many people and organisations has been extended specifically for key workers.
There is no doubt that the need for this service will only increase in the coming weeks and months.
During lockdown, we provide counselling by telephone and virtually, but as soon as those restrictions are lifted, we will also provide a face-to-face service across Scotland, as is traditionally preferred by most clients.
Established in the Scottish Highlands in 2004, Scottish Counselling Services has grown from a small local service provider into a market leading organisation covering the Scottish mainland and islands.
We are a client-led service and we place the needs of the client and the client organisation at the heart of everything we do. A core part of our ethos is to ensure that access to our counselling is as easy as we can possibly make it. This means that we routinely aim to offer a flexible service, which accommodates the client in terms or location, day of the week and time of day.
Our team of 21 experienced and qualified counsellors provide a warm, flexible and professional service in two distinct and separate areas – Adults and Young People – and we offer expertise across a range of counselling specialisms and styles including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, person-centred, psychodynamic, integrative, relationship, dependency, trauma counselling and support.