Somerset counselling service gets £5,000 cash boost

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A counselling service which helps Somerset children, young people and their families through difficult times has received a cash boost.

The Somerset Family Counselling Trust has been awarded a share of a £1 million fund supporting under-18s as part of Persimmon Homes' Building Futures campaign.

The Trust was one of 96 organisations to reach the final stage of the competition, which had a prize pot of £1.073million.

Three finalists were each awarded the top prize of £100,000, three the second prize of £50,000 and three the third prize of £20,000. The remaining finalists were handed £5,000 each.

The Trust represented Persimmon Homes Severn Valley area in the health category and was awarded £5,000.

Ros Kayes, from the Trust, said: “Taking part in Building Futures has been a fantastic experience for us and it was so exciting to reach the finals, with such a broad range of groups being represented and we are delighted to have been awarded £5,000.

“It will help us to continue to provide quality, low-cost early intervention counselling for children aged four to 18 and their families on low incomes across Somerset.”

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While Building Futures 2021 has finished, Persimmon continues to give away up to £64,000 every month through its Community Champions scheme. 

Applications for funding can be made at

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