It has been a real year of change at Help Counselling – we have now successfully managed a period of internal transition. Our strategy to clearly define the duties and responsibilities of all staff and Trustees led us to the necessity of having to restructure our resources.
Help Counselling successfully recruited new members of full time staff into the roles of Clinical Director, and Philanthropy Manager – who are our only members of paid staff.
Thelma Mathews joins Help as our Clinical Director. Thelma has worked in mental health for over 20 years, first between 1995-2000 as a volunteer with The Samaritans. During this time she completed a PGCert in Psychodynamic Counselling and a PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Thelma joined Off Centre as a volunteer in 2000 and shortly after was employed as a counsellor there. She rose to become the Director of Clinical Services leading a team of 14 qualified counsellors and therapists. To contact Thelma, please email [email protected] or call 07767 114155.
Samantha Evans joins Help Counselling as our Philanthropy Manager. She is a skilled, creative and effective fundraiser who has worked at Crisis, The Caspari Foundation and Borderline charities and who developed a passion for fundraising whilst volunteering at a school in Kenya and developing a cross-cultural relationship with a school in the UK. To contact Samantha, please email [email protected] or call 07483 162339.
We look forward to Help Counselling’s next chapter that includes, a robust equality and diversity policy and one which offers trauma counselling for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Our ambition for Help is that with such a dynamic team in place, we can not only continue with our low cost one to one counselling but now increase our capacity for trainee counsellors and clients. And, moreover really focus on looking at a bigger picture. By developing our network and contacts and looking at ways that we can support our fellow third sector colleagues, Help can now begin to work strategically in the provision of mental health support and training.
And on the Board too, our staff can call upon professional skill sets that includes finance, marketing, human resources, fundraising, legal, IT, clinical and analyst capabilities.