Several of our clients have never had the opportunity to learn English despite having lived in the UK for many years. Even among those who are conversational in English, we find that many are far more comfortable talking about complex emotional issues and trauma in their native language. Our counsellors are BACP-accredited therapists and speak Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi and English. Because our counsellors have lived experience of the cultural norms and customs which shape our clients' actions and attitudes, there are fewer risks of misunderstanding and issues being lost in translation.
We have experience of dealing with issues like anxiety, depression, forced marriages, interracial and interfaith relationships, domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse, postnatal depression, elderly and spousal abandonment, asylum, human-trafficking, sexual exploitation and slavery for over three decades.
We have a long history of running special projects in collaboration with the government. For e.g. the Nai Umeed project which provided on-site counselling to South Asian women who had been admitted to A&E for attempting suicide, the Raksha project which dealt with victims of domestic violence in the Birmingham area and many others.
Over the past years we have faced significant reductions in government funding due to spending cuts which have worsened in the wake of Brexit. This has made us reliant on support from the community and the generosity of people like you. Any donations made by you will be used to sustain, expand and enhance our services and will ensure that lack of affordability does not hinder those most vulnerable and at-risk from approaching us for help.