This is intended as a place especially for supporters (Partners and Friends) of Reach and Team, where we share an up to date insight into the work that you are making possible. We want it to feel as close as possible to you having a cup of coffee with us. If you do want to meet for an actual cup of coffee please call me (Andy) and I would love to meet and share with you. If you are not a Partner or Friend of Reach feel free to stay, overhearing other people’s conversations can be so much fun!
Our ‘One in a Thousand’ Appeal – almost there!
Now that our new lease has been agreed we have been seeking 1000 generous people who will each donate £10 towards the refurbishment of our Head Office and Counselling Rooms at 85a Allerton Road. A full refurbishment has not been carried out for many years, so our external and internal paintwork is looking jaded as well as carpets and furniture needing an upgrade.
We have towards the end of April 2020 raised £9,000 towards our £10,000 target, so we still have £1,000 to raise.
As a focal point for our fundraising efforts on Saturday May 18th 2019 we gathered together a small group of walkers in Derbyshire . Here follows a personal account from Emily, one of our counsellors which she titled:
‘These boots are made for walking!’
‘On the 18th May I had the privilege of walking 17 miles to raise money for Reach! I’d never done anything like this before so I was up for the challenge. Armed with my walking boots and lots of food, off we went to Derbyshire. It was a day of magnificent scenery, sharing the fields with lambs, a cheeky cake stop (bonus) and walking like we’ve never walked before.
The first 13 miles went by very quickly and were very fun. It was the 14th mile that my feet were on fire with pain and all I wanted was a cup of tea (thanks Andy!) – as we know a cup of tea solves everything – and I plodded on, more determined than before to finish and make my sponsors proud.
Those last 4 miles I learnt it’s not about doing the journey alone in your pain (every step I took) but it’s about who you walk the path with, that sees you to the end!! My team and sponsors were encouraging me, believing in me and walking with me every step of the way, that’s what stopped me from grabbing the support car to the end and pressing on to achieve something I never thought I’d do, walk 17 miles … These boots were made for walking but it’s who you walk with that counts!’
Emily returned sporting 15 blisters, but raising a wonderful £180 towards Reach’s refurbishment. For more feedback about the walk and progress on our ‘One in a Thousand’ appeal please click here
New Venue Opens in Wrexham
We are pleased to announce the opening of our newest counselling venue in Wrexham. Previously our nearest venue to Wrexham was Chester, where we have counselled for over 10 years. This is our first venture outside of northern England into Wales and we are really excited about it!
The Reach Wrexham counselling room will be based in Priory Street offices, just off Regent Road which has good reception facilities and an ideal dedicated counselling room. The address is 12 Priory Street, Wrexham, LL11 1SU.
Our Wrexham counsellor is Phil Arton. Phil, who is a member of The Community Church Wrexham, and completed his counselling training at Chester University in 2018 and has been practising with Reach in Liverpool, for the last two years. He is very keen to now be able to counsel in Wrexham with Reach and we will recruit further suitably qualified counsellors as demand for the service grows.
As Phil says, “Counselling at Reach Wrexham is available to any person who is 18 years or older whether or not they have a Christian faith. However the dimension that Father God brings to the counselling process is seen as life-giving and is a resource that will be offered to clients with faith who are keen to work in this way.”
Ringing in the changes at West Kirby URC
Jane, who was counselling in West Kirby, recently left Reach to start a new job. We are thankful for all that she did during her stay. We are pleased to share that Liz Jones will now be stepping into her shoes by counselling for 1 day a week at West Kirby.
Andy and Liz met with Louise (Church Leader) and Kath (Communications Manager) at West Kirby URC to introduce Liz to the church where we counsel. We have a great partnership with West Kirby URC and we are delighted that Liz will begin counselling there from September, as conditions allow.
Liz has been with Reach for 5 years and also counsels in Chester and Liverpool. Liz is a former primary school teacher and has a degree in counselling. Please pray for her to settle in quickly and to have much wisdom and insight in comforting those who come for help.
Some Key Points from Our Annual Report
Here are just a few key achievements from our Annual Report of 2018/19. All of these things have only been made possible by the support you have given over the last year.
- We arranged 2948 counselling appointments across our 7 different venues around the North West. This is our highest number of appointments ever
- We had a record 201 newly registered clients up from last year’s 180 with over 7% of these being children and young people
- Once again most of our clients (about 70%) made it clear that they have chosen Reach because of our Christian identity and practice as a Christian agency
- Our new website went live after a great deal of work. It is much larger than our previous one and has been well received with people commenting on its contemporary appearance, ease of use and as one client said: ‘”It now matches the quality of your counselling.”
- We began counselling in Sheffield in September 2018 and so last year we were counselling across 7 different venues
We would like to thank all of our Partners, Friends and Supporters who have made this possible alongside our Team and Trustees. Special thanks are due to King’s Church Manchester, New Brighton Baptist, Kingsway Chester, Southport Family Life Centre and West Kirby U.R.C for their exceptional generosity in making suitable rooms available for counselling for free or at token levels.
TOGETHER EVERY WEEK WE ARE CHANGING LIVES!
Dashboard – Some Informative Stats!
|Number of counsellors||Number in admin/reception Team||Number of venues||Average number of appointments arranged each month in 2019||Number of Partners||Number of Friends|
|Number of counsellors||18|
Valuing our Values
We were hugely encouraged by a recently returned evaluation form from a client who concluded their counselling with Reach. This is what they had to say:
“Reach was my last attempt at seeking counselling after three negative NHS experiences. My counsellor was exceptional and I received excellent support and treatment. The Christian faith we shared added a crucial element to my sessions – prayer being a huge benefit and contributor to my success. Thank you for your compassion, professionalism and excellence.”
One of the reasons this was so encouraging was that the values of compassion, professionalism, excellence and faith are amongst those we aspire to. This was all the more impressive as this particular counsellor is someone who is a volunteer with us and clearly offered such a professional, high quality service.
Thank you to all of our Partners and Friends for making it possible that these values and this quality of treatment can be experienced by those who come to Reach for counselling help.
We would value your prayers.
For wisdom in the use of the buildings and rooms that we have access to and that clients will find these warm, welcoming and safe
That God will bless our ‘One in a Thousand’ campaign and we will raise £10,000 to refurbish our counselling rooms and head office
That all clients will continue to find a compassionate and professional quality service through all of our counsellors both employed and volunteers (and especially those experiencing suicidal thoughts)
Together every week we are changing lives