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 for 2019
Now that our new lease has been agreed we are 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.
As a focal point of our fundraising efforts we gathered together a small group of walkers on Saturday May 18th 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 for Reach’s refurbishment. For more feedback about the walk and progress on our ‘One in a Thousand’ appeal please click here
Some Key Points from Our Annual Report
Here are just a few key achievements from our Annual Report of 2018. 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 ever number of appointments
• We had a record of 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 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!
We are very excited to begin using our new logo (more detail can be found on our News Page) and it is because of the fantastic contribution of Partners and Team that together we can say to people that coming to Reach can offer the opportunity ‘for a better life’. We hope this allows those who become future clients or supporters to see what counselling at Reach can achieve. Our new strapline ‘for a better life’ is inspired both by the process of counselling and by the abundant life Jesus came to bring. We are so grateful to our God who sustains Reach through His love and generosity.
All Registered to Meet Professional Standards
Government regulation of counselling has been talked about for many years and it has now fully landed in what is being described as ‘right touch regulation’. The Government have set up an accredited register of counsellors which is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority. This register can be accessed via the ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) or BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). We currently have counsellors with both. All of our qualified counsellors are now on the register (those still in training will apply once their training is completed). This does mean increased costs and counsellors committing to at least 25 hours continual professional development each year, however, this reinforces our commitment to offer professional quality counselling.
Team News and Sheffield Beginnings
We are delighted to have recently welcomed three new counsellors to the team. Phil Arton is a retired chemical engineer who is undertaking a Masters in clinical counselling and lives in Wrexham; Emily Tattersall is completing a postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and lives in Liverpool; Olubukola Adewunmi (Olu) is a fully qualified counsellor living in Liverpool where she works as a biomedical scientist.
We also welcome back to the team Kay Wells who has moved to Sheffield. After meeting with a number of church leaders in Sheffield it became clear that there is nothing quite like Reach in that city and that a Christian counselling base on the Reach model would be welcomed. A large church there has offered us the use of a room for counselling and so we began offering counselling at St. Thomas Philadelphia from September 2018. We are excited to have a counselling venue for the first time outside of the North West!
Dashboard – Some Informative Stats!
|Number of counsellors||Number in admin/reception Team||Number of venues||Average number of appointments arranged each month in 2018||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.
To pray for our new Sheffield venue and good new beginnings
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 our new logo and strapline are well received
That clients will continue to find a compassionate and professional quality service through all of our counsellors both employed and volunteers
Together every week we are changing lives