Please give children and young people in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole the chance to be heard by supporting The Listening Ear counselling service in 2021.
The events of 2020 have had a huge impact on the mental health of the children in our community, with 1 in 6 struggling with mental health issues, and many going without any support. Through this difficult time over 100 children and young people have received free or low-cost counselling through The Listening Ear.
You can help us provide this service to even more children and young people this year by contributing to our 2021 goal of £50,000.
Here’s what some of the people we’ve recently worked with have said about us:
- "I wasn't sure what would happen with a counsellor and felt nervous about talking to someone I don't know. But now I feel much better. My counsellor made me feel like I wasn't weird for feeling anxious." (young person, 15)
- "We do feel our child is progressing regarding his issues at school, he seems happier and more able to control his anger." (parent of 9 year old)
- “Mental health issues are a growing concern for schools and without this support our children would be suffering greatly, causing long term impact on their lives. We don’t know what we would do without this invaluable professional service.” (Kim Williams, Deputy Head, Avonwood Primary)
Today, demand is far exceeding our funds and your donation will help us to continue to make a significant difference to the lives and wellbeing of our community’s children and young people.
As a charity, The Listening Ear has been providing a unique counselling service within the Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole area for 18 years.
- We have strong links with local schools and Children & Family Services.
- We provide counselling in school during schooltime to be easily accessible.
- We can also provide online or home counselling if this better suits the needs of the child
- We specialise in working with children and young people working with children as young as 5, and young people up to 19.
- We work with a wide range of issues including anxiety, low mood, abuse, neglect, family breakdown, gender identity, LGBTQ issues, self-harming, low self-esteem, young carers.
If you – or a child/young person you know – has been affected by mental health issues, please share this message.