Children & young people's rapid access counselling

by NW Counselling Hub (NWCH) CIC in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

The Daffodil Project will enable NWCH specialist counsellors to provide children and young people (C&YP) with free, rapid access counselling

by NW Counselling Hub (NWCH) CIC in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

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This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by November 27th 2018 at 12:00pm

THE DAFFODIL PROJECT (TDP)

Supporting Children and Young People who in desperate need of free, rapid access counselling, but are being failed by other mental health services.


PROJECT AIMS

NW Counselling Hub (CIC) will deliver THE DAFFODIL PROJECT (TDP) to plug a recognised gap in mental health services available for children & young people (C&YP) across Lincolnshire, aged 4 – 25 years, who:

  • Have fallen outside of parameters set by Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to gain access to counselling
  • Been told to wait 3+ months for counselling from other services
  • Been rejected by other services
  • Have not previously accessed counselling but found NWCH through our marketing & social media


C&YP who ‘fall through the gap’ can be in desperate need of rapid access counselling, as explained in the BBC's Panorama programme 24/9/18,  BBC Panorama: Kids In Crisis. To tackle this crisis, within one to two weeks of a child or young person being referred to NWCH, they will begin one-to-one counselling with a specialist counsellor, in age-appropriate therapy rooms, with age-appropriate therapeutic resources. 


WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE DAFFODIL PROJECT 

  • £10,000 would enable NWCH to deliver 286 one-to-one counselling sessions to around 24 Children & Young People, so about 12 sessions each. 
  • £25,000 would enable NWCH to deliver 714 one-to-one counselling sessions to around 60 Children & Young People, approximately 12 sessions each. 


Figures are approximate since some C&YP require more counselling than others. Their mental health needs are extremely varied, but common issues that NWCH counsellors provide help for include: suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma from sexual and emotional abuse, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, low self-esteem due to bullying, etc..


NWCH continuously fundraises to provide free counselling for children and young people. If a child or young person requires more than their 12 allocated sessions through The Daffodil Project, NWCH would endeavour to provide their continued therapy through further donations, or through reallocating sessions from other clients on The Daffodil Project who have needed less than 12 sessions.  


ABOUT NWCH 

To the best of our knowledge, NWCH CIC is the only Lincolnshire based counselling agency that delivers FREE, RAPID ACCESS ONE-TO-ONE COUNSELLING to C&YP, by BACP registered professional counsellors, enabling improvements in their mental-health and well-being. 


Since April 2017, NWCH has seen over 600 clients and delivered more than 2000 one-to-one sessions to C&YP aged 4-18, and more than 3000 to adults. NWCH Client Testimonials


NWCH’s 26 counsellors are BACP members (www.bacp.co.uk), DBS checked, safeguarding trained. 14 specialise in counselling C&YP, as do Toby & Ellie our therapy dogs! 

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CLIENT REFERRALS TO NWCH

From agencies and professionals

NWCH works closely with local organisations who refer C&YP to us. These include local authorities, the police, schools, social workers, GPs, Macmillan Nurses, the Mental Health Crisis Team, solicitors, armed forces organisations, etc. 

Parent / caregivers call NWCH directly 

Word of mouth, plus our continuous PR and social media efforts, helps parents and caregivers to easily find out all about NWCH's services and call to book directly with us.The relief at the end of the phone is audible when we confirm that: 

  • NWCH can provide specialist counselling to C&YP
  • Within 1 - 2 weeks of referral *for 12 sessions (more if needed) 
  • At no charge if the referral is from an organisation
  • At no charge if a parent/ caregiver cannot afford it, i.e. an annual income of £24k or less, or combined £40k or less, with £25k or less in savings).
  • In specially designed and equipped C&YP’s therapy rooms 


WHY THE DAFFODIL PROJECT?

NWCH aims to enable CY&P to meet their full potential by preventing further deterioration in their mental health which can occur when waiting months to access therapy whilst undergoing a crisis, as detailed in the BBC's 9/10/18 article,'How mental health waiting lists 'stole my youth and teenage years'  Deterioration in C&YP's mental health can also happen when their issues are simply ignored or not adequately dealt with in a timely manner. NWCH counsellors see this regularly in  adults clients who have endured long-term mental health issues stemming from childhood sexual abuse that was never dealt with, hence we strongly advocate rapid access counselling to minimise the risk of this happening. 


Further evidence supporting the need for The Daffodil Project comes from Lincolnshire's Sexual Assault Referral Centre - Spring Lodge SARC  In the year up to March 2017, its Child Independent Sexual Violence Advisor saw 52 cases aged 0-14 years, 30 aged 14-17 years, 82 cases in total. Thus, demand for The Daffodil Project is significant, not only from Spring Lodge but from the many other organisations who refer C&YP to us.


The project's scope will enable NWCH to address the  wide ranging issues that C&YP bring, and its upper age limit of 25 will enable NWCH to also support students referred by Lincoln University and local colleges, and vulnerable young people from  organisations such as LEAP Lincolnshire.


NWCH acknowledges that The Daffodil Project is merely 'a drop in the ocean' compared to burgeoning  demand from C&YP requiring counselling to meet their mental health needs. But from NWCH's experience to date of helping C&YP, we know that our services are in huge demand and highly valued by our past and present clients. We aim to replicate this success as we grow and provide further services for increasing numbers of C&YP in the future. 


NWCH COUNSELLING ROOMS

https://nwcounsellinghub.co.uk/services/counselling/NWCH Counselling Rooms
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SUMMARY    If £9,996 is raised for The Daffodil Project

Clients:              4–25 years
Staff:                 14 Children and Young Persons' counsellors
Sessions:           12 x 1 hour sessions per client

Hours:               6 Daffodil Project hours / week x 47.6 weeks = 285.6 total hours


                          285.6 hours/12 hours per client = 24 CLIENTS (approx. since some need 12 hours, others less)


NWCH opens:   10am-8pm Monday – Friday, 10am–2pm Saturday
Project Dates:    47.6 weeks in total:  07/01/18 to 06/12/19
Cost:                  285.6 Daffodil Project  hours @ £35 per hr = £9,996
Split:                  £35/hour; £25 counsellor fee (x 285.6 hours = £7,140); £10 Hub cost (x 285.6 hours = £2856)
Promotion:        NWCH will distribute marketing materials & promote TDP on its website & social media
Monitoring:       NWCH’s software manages bookings, client attendance, and online feedback
Evaluation:        NWCH will draft a project evaluation report, including case studies

SUMMARY    If £25,000 is raised for The Daffodil Project

Clients:              4–25 years
Staff:                 14 Children and Young Persons' counsellors
Sessions:           12 x 1 hour sessions per client
Hours:               15 Daffodil Project hours / week x 47.6 weeks = 714 total hours


                          714 hours /12 hours per client = 60 CLIENTS (approx. since some need 12 hours, others less)


NWCH opens:   10am-8pm Monday – Friday, 10am–2pm Saturday
Project Dates:    47.6 weeks in total:  07/01/18 to 06/12/19
Cost:                  714 Daffodil Project  hours @ £35 per hr = £24,990
Split:                  £35/hour; £25 counsellor fee (x 714 hours = £17,850); £10 Hub cost (x 714 hours = £7140)
Promotion:        NWCH will distribute marketing materials & promote TDP on its website & social media
Monitoring:       NWCH’s software manages bookings, client attendance, and online feedback
Evaluation:        NWCH will draft a project evaluation report, including case studies

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Therapy Dog Treats!

A pledge of £5 enables NWCH to buy therapy dog treats and toys! They are used in counselling sessions where children and young people feed the dog a treat or interact with the animal as a way of comforting themselves during difficult discussions.

£10 or more

Join us for a cuppa at NW Counselling Hub!

When NWCH holds its open days, we like to do them in style! We hold about 3 open days per year to give everyone a chance to meet us, and we go all out with the cakes and catering! The NWCH team will show you around the Hub, you'll meet our pet therapy dogs, and share a cuppa and cakes with the team. Find out about the work and training we do, and simply have a fun time getting to know us!

£20 or more

15 minute chat with an NWCH team member + NWCH pen

NWCH will arrange a suitable time to call you to talk about whatever you would like! We can explain to you the work we do at 'The Hub', and get your views on what counselling services are needed in and around Lincolnshire. In other words, you can tell us about gaps you feel exist in supporting people with mental health needs and how you think we should fill such gaps. After our chat, we will post you an NWCH pen!

£30 or more

One counselling session for a child / young person

With £30, you can fund a counselling session for a child or young person in desperate need of help. NWCH's service is unique in many ways, including that within 2 weeks of being referred to us, clients start one-to-one therapy with a counsellor. Our growing team of 20+ counsellors enables us to fit the client to the most appropriate counsellor, so the clients' needs are effectively met. We can provide this service because people like you donate!

£40 or more

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Taster session on 'Becoming a Counsellor'

Spend a 1/2 day, lunch included, at NWCH training rooms in Lincoln & discover what it takes to become a counsellor. You will learn about: personal qualities required, training options, timeframe required, cost, continuous professional development, membership of professional bodies, and how to run your own counselling business after qualifying. If you're thinking of becoming a counsellor, this is the taster for you!

£150 or more

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Slap up 3 course lunch in Lincoln!

Join NWCH for a slap-up 3 course lunch at a fabulous Lincoln restaurant! We will explain what we do at The Hub, how we envisage NWCH's further growth, and how you are contributing to this with your pledge! We will also want to better understand you and why you pledged to NWCH. We will contact you to arrange the best day to meet and check on any dietary requirements that you have. Then we promise a delicious, fun and interesting lunch for us all

£500 or more

VIP tickets: you + 3 friends at NWCH's Gala Dinner

NWCH would be delighted to welcome you plus three guests as VIPs to our 2nd anniversary gala dinner, to be held in March 2019. Last year's anniversary at the Lincoln Hilton was a fabulous night and extremely well supported, with guests including Lincoln's Mayor & Mayoress, and Lincoln's Sheriff. NWCH expects to more than double the party's guest list in 2019! Come and join us and meet the dynamic NWCH team.

£1,000 or more

VIP tickets: you + 9 friends at NWCH's Gala Dinner

NWCH would be delighted to offer you plus 9 guests of your choice a VIP table at our 2nd anniversary gala dinner in March 2019. You will not be disappointed! Last year's anniversary at the Lincoln Hilton was a fabulous night and extremely well supported, with guests including Lincoln's Mayor & Mayoress, and Lincoln's Sheriff. NWCH expects to more than double the party's guest list in 2019! Come and join us and meet the dynamic NWCH team.


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