Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Acorn Pregnancy Counselling Centre aims to ensure that no person in Worthing and the local area should experience pregnancy loss or unplanned pregnancy unsupported. Our clients are all ages but have in common a vulnerability that means that the service that Acorn provides is very meaningful.

For some women, an unplanned pregnancy is a crisis. They may be in shock, overwhelmed at the news and in a state of panic. Acorn counselling volunteers are there to help the woman think through her options and make a considered decision about the future.

Acorn also provides sessions of free, confidential counselling and emotional support to women and/or their partners who have experienced a pregnancy loss following miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth or post abortion.

We receive referrals mainly from local GPs, Time to Talk and word of mouth.

To maintain the quality of our service and to be able to respond to referrals in a timely fashion, we need greater resources - primarily more trained counselling volunteers.

We also need to provide continued training opportunities to the existing counselling team together with regular supervision. This funding would enable us to fund more training and provide appropriate supervision.

Comments from clients:

'The programme has helped me tremendously, I now feel more positive about my future. A big thank you for making me feel so much better – I couldn’t have done it without you.’

‘Thank you very much for your advice and patience. The sessions were very helpful and you were kind and professional throughout. I am very grateful as you helped in moving me forward’.

‘The programme helped me to understand what I’m feeling is normal and ok. Thank you so much, you helped me to process my thoughts and feelings’.

Acorn Pregnancy Counselling Centre

Location: Worthing

Although Acorn is a small charity it punches above its weight in the beneficial impact it has on the lives of those who use its services. The counselling volunteers provide a caring, professional, high quality service at no cost.
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