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    Weʼve raised £30 to Fund a space for low income families whose children need counselling and to provide that support for free.

    West Sussex
    Funded on Sunday, 10th October 2021

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    Personal circumstances have driven me to set up a charity. My son has - as yet undiagnosed - ADHD but, along with his brother, experienced a trauma two years ago when his dad left. This has led to various difficulties, all exaggerated and magnified in light of recent lockdowns. The most recent determining the largest impact.

    My son has exhibited behaviours, been aggressive and verbally unpleasant, lashed out and been isolated within his school. This, within school, led to safeguarding and MASH referrals which culminated in the obvious conclusion that the school needed to support him better before he triggered and that he was in need of counselling. But nothing, thus far, is available. Though his existing SEN is ongoing and due to be assessed, his need to unearth and clear that trauma would help him.

    In attempting to seek counselling for my son, in light of a deficit within school currently and a long wait beforehand; an absence of support through CAMHS and a very long wait before his ‘pre-assessment’; a large cost attached to any private sessions that also have limited or inflexible availailibity; an absence of any assistance that is face to face due to his age, meaning he cannot have online sessions and an absence of trained counsellors for children, I have determined to set up a charity. The aim to benefit all those families who struggle and cannot reach the support needed before behaviours set in and cement into the psyche.

    I myself have worked with teenagers within Fresh Start ( a service available to those often undiagnosed and many times expelled) as an English Lecturer and many were disillusioned with CAMHS and all public services related to mental health. Thus many, stereotypically, resorted to self-medication through various illegal means.

    At no point prior has the need for counselling been so great, for children specifically, and the services available so out of reach and lacking, for so many.

    This is currently within an ideas stage and I am doing the groundwork I can to arrange this process and setup what would be a charity. I hope to arrange a system by which trainee counsellors, as part of an internship, or recently qualified counsellors might lend their experience to the charity for their own experience, CPD or as part of a position as a counsellor within the group. Giving sessions one to one to clients who are in need. Counsellors would be paid through the charity, students of counselling would be paid 60% of the wage from the midway point and those who would intern and learn on the job (regulated and via some sort of scheme which could be implemented later) would gain insight and experience. Differing levels of need would determine different levels of experience from the counsellor and this would occur through a pre-assessment.

    If any might volunteer as part of this would be advantageous as I feel so many families could benefit from this, I know my son would. I would love to visualise a space in which art therapy, music therapy and a sensory garden might be incorporated for children with SEND and neurotypical children to buffer the post-counselling feelings. Though adolescents would not be the focus, a space for them could be designated. Groups for parents to communicate, support each other, art therapy and parenting for adults with SEND/anxious or traumatised children would also be an aim as part of afternoon or weekend support hubs.

    If anyone would contribute to this, which could benefit not only the families of children who struggle, but more significantly, the next generation of adults who will have learnt strategies to cope and guide themselves through the difficulties life can present, you have my eternal gratitude.

    Thank you so much for your time.

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    • Tia Price4 months ago
      Tia Price

      Tia Price

      4 months ago

      A story is now due to go out In The Crawley News; once established the Charity will be advertised on the West Sussex portal for local services; links with BACP and related professionals are being forged and a great amount of positive feedback reinforcing the merit of this project. West Sussex council are also due to update on available spaces. One employed counsellor could give supervision to so many student placements and thus help so many children; please support this project which will benefit so many, locally and nationally.

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    • Tia Price4 months ago
      Tia Price

      Tia Price

      4 months ago

      Have spoke to a recently graduated psychologist at University of Kingston to network with key stakeholders in regards potential placements; I have spoken to the local newspaper ( Crawley News) who will be doing a feature on this and have enquired with the council (again, locally) to find a space. Determining whether this will be a Trust or a charitable organisation before registering as a charity is now the next step.

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    • Katie Willis

      Katie Willis

      Jul 9, 2021

      £20.00

    • Anna

      Anna

      Jun 12, 2021

      Good luck, great idea

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    Tia Price

    Tia Price

    West Sussex

    I am an English Tutor in the early stages of a PhD. I have worked with students and adults with SEND and challenging behaviour; I am also a painter, grotesque maker, Tarot reader and most importantly, a mother trying to help her sons.

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