Increasing of capacity & accessibility of Aberdeen-based counselling service
Type of initiative funded: Counselling
Key priority area: Early intervention
Funding awarded: £9479
Funding will support the increased costs associated with the second phase of our volunteer-led mental health service expansion project, particularly the costs to support a larger volunteer counselling team to empower us to work towards achieving full service delivery capacity, support a small team of administrative volunteers to take on administrative tasks associated with the expanded service, which will support our charity to provide early mental support intervention and help prevent mental health issues spiralling into serious mental health problems and, ultimately, suicide. This second round of funding will empower us to build on these strong achievements and improve our response to the local mental health crisis, which has been further compounded by the cost-of-living crisis. Within the funding period, we aim to recruit a further 10 volunteer counsellors, post-graduate counselling students in the final year of their course, in partnership with local universities to increase the number of counselling appointments our charity offers annually by a further 30%.