A charity that offers counselling support to young people and adults has marked its first year anniversary in Eastbourne.
The team at Counselling Plus Community were visited by the town’s MP Stephen Lloyd and Eastbourne mayor Councillor Mike Thompson for the celebrations.
Counsellors, supporters and volunteers have been providing confidential one to one counselling to those in the town at times of stress, change, pain or loss.
The charity, which has previously been based in Hastings, offers counselling on a wide range of issues including suicide, depression and relationship breakdowns for people aged 16 plus.
During the event Mr Lloyd and Mr Thompson joined the team in saying goodbye to service manager Dave Burke who is leaving the charity. Verra Papaspyrou, who is stepping into his shoes, was given a warm welcome by colleagues.
She said the charity was grateful for the continuing support of Mr Lloyd, adding, “The evening event gave everyone at the charity an opportunity to reflect on their first year helping people in the town and discuss the future.”
She said the town’s MP told the gathering that their work was important for improving people’s wellbeing and he was interested in the growing demand for the charity’s counselling services and asked for a meeting in the New Year to discuss future funding and sustainability of the service.
Because of the need Counselling Plus Community started running an anger management group four years ago, which now takes place four or five times a year.
The charity was founded back in 1992 and for many years ran on a totally voluntary basis. Then in 2001 funding was secured for a part time co-ordinator and service manager and it has grown over the years.
Counselling Plus offers counselling to people on benefits or with low income and is based from Eastbourne Citizens Advice Bureau. It is a registered charity and also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
To contact the charity call 01424 428300 for appointments and further information or visit the website: www.counsellingplus.org