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!
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.
A Spiritual and Therapeutic Pilgrimage Raises Vital Funds
This was our sponsored walk in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside in September 2017. Meandering streams, a grand country estate, idyllic rolling hills and some of the best cakes you have ever eaten! Not to mention the great company and wonderful exercise of completing over 40,000 steps. Our 30 kilometre 9 hour walk concluded at the world-famous village of Eyam where we shared time in the parish church and then had a lovely meal afterwards in the village.
Funds have still been coming in a year later meaning that nearly £5,500 was raised in sponsorship by our 15 walkers. This will help massively towards our increased property costs following lengthy negotiations on our new lease for 85a Allerton Road (more details are on our News Page). If the whole experience sounds great, it really was! Please send us an email or give us a call to register your interest for our next Walk.
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
Understandably this was an appropriate time for some of our counsellors to retire from counselling. We are hugely thankful to Eric Potts, Judy Craven and to Dr Jean Wyatt for all they have done through their counselling work at Reach over many years. Claire Sanderson has also recently retired due to suffering ill health. Tricia Kiehlmann who was briefly on the team has returned to Scotland due to her husband’s work. We wish them all well in all that they do as they continue to serve God with their many abilities and deep faith.
We are, however, 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 who works as a Personal Assistant and is doing 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 will begin to offer counselling at St. Thomas Philadelphia from September 2018. We are excited to be offering counselling 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