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Chance to join 2nd birthday celebrations

Lincoln counsellors are excitedly looking forward to their 2nd birthday bash, after an hectic year which has given them plenty to celebrate.

Staff and supporters of NWCH (the Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub) will be reflecting on the Community Interest Company’s success in working with more than 800 clients since it started life in 2017 – when they gather at the Lincoln’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on March 30.

NWCH Chief Executive Naomi Watkins said her team is delighted to be making a difference to the lives of people of all ages and with varying needs but, sadly, they include many traumatised children and young people.

“We were really busy during our first year of operation, but the second seems to have really flown by, as more and more people have heard about us and approached us for help,” said Naomi.

Last year, NWCH won a second award of £25,000 from The Bromhead Medical Trust, in support of its ACORN Project, which has allowed it to extend free counselling to young people between the ages of four and 18 years old.

It also secured £10,000 in National Lottery funding for its Snowdrop project, where counsellors work with children and young people between the ages of four and 25 years old who have been victims of rape and sexual abuse.

“We are thrilled to report that we are at capacity with both the Acorn and Snowdrop projects and we have a waiting list for people who are keen to benefit from these projects.  It is amazing how quickly the places filled-up, although it sadly reflects the extent to which many young people in Lincolnshire are suffering,” said Naomi.

“That it is why it is pleasing to report that we can see our clients making progress and some, who have completed the programme, are now in a much better place.

“We also offer a range of counselling services for adults and we currently have 500 appointments on our books every week.  We took on 70 new clients during the main three working weeks of January and we have recorded 803 referrals since we started the Hub in 2017."

The Lincoln College group of National Citizen Service scheme participants are currently spending one week at the Hub, discovering about its important work and coming-up with ideas for awareness-raising campaigns.

NWCH, which also offers counselling training, now has a team of 19 counsellors, six support staff and two much-loved therapy dogs.

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

Anyone who would like to attend NWCH’s 2nd Birthday event can book tickets by visiting:

https://nwchbirthday2019.eventbrite.co.uk

For further information, please contact Naomi Watkins on (01522) 253809.


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