by Caroline Homan in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th October 2020 we successfully raised £1,338 ( + est. £132.50 Gift Aid ) with 16 supporters in 42 days

To enable our team of qualified volunteer counsellors to provide accessible counselling for those in mental health crisis, post lock down.

by Caroline Homan in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Hello. Have there ever been times in your life when you feel that you are struggling to cope?  Have you had difficult experiences that have affected your self-esteem and relationships?   


Counselling can really help us relieve this distress and see a positive way forward. 


And you wouldn’t be alone.  1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health issue each year and following the Covid crisis this is set to increase.  Those in our BAME communities have been particularly affected. 


But for many in the deprived communities that we serve the benefits of counselling are neither affordable nor accessible.  Carrs Lane seeks to redress this.  Our doors are open to all and we offer high quality counselling, sometimes for as little as £5 per session, to those most in need. 


We’ve been providing a little oasis of calm in the heart of Birmingham’s busy city centre for over 50 years and faced many challenges along the way. 


But with the Covid crisis we have to find new ways of helping those in need such as telephone and online therapy.  In terms of training our volunteer counsellors and providing them with the necessary equipment and software, these are all expenses that we hadn’t planned for.  And we are a very ‘lean’ volunteer-led organisation; providing professional counselling to 200 people with a total Centre income of just £50,000 each year.

Please help us meet this growing and urgent need in these challenging times. 

Thank you 

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