At Simply Counselling we want to address our waiting list for funded places from very distressed people who cannot afford to heat and eat as well as accessing the mental-health help they need. Already the pandemic lockdowns caused huge increases in the number of people who were left abused, lonely or depressed and the current cost of living crisis has culminated in augmenting these problems to conditions of toxic shock for many people. Our waiting lists show the need and our success over the past 16 years proves our validity. We want counselling to be accessible to all in Plymouth.
Our need is working with people not for them and to ensure support is proportionate.
We have found the following useful:
Having an Emergency Fund where visitors can access provisions at a local shop
Providing Advice and Support
Sharing information at awareness events – a one stop shop
Paid advertising to reach as many people as possible.
Work with existing partnerships e.g. JarSquad learning to turn surplus food into meals
Upskilling the community by providing training on food hygiene so visitors can make nutritious meals for the community using items from our food larder.
What’s next Stoke?