Vital counselling service celebrates 25 years
PUBLISHED: 12:02 20 November 2019
A counselling charity in Nailsea is celebrating 25 years of helping people.
Wellspring Counselling has helped thousands of people find help and hope through the expertise of specially trained counsellors.
The charity, which is based in Silver Street, celebrated its landmark birthday with a thanksgiving service at Holy Trinity Church, led by chair of trustees Revd Deborah Mallett.
She said: "Wellspring was the vision of Nailsea clergy and GPs who in the early 1990s recognised a pressing community need for accessible and affordable counselling services.
"Since 1994, Wellspring has helped thousands of local residents find help and hope through the listening expertise of professionally trained counsellors."
Wellspring has a team of counsellors who provide affordable sessions for people facing a range of issues including loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, stress and anxiety, depression and issues resulting from physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
The charity's catchment has widened as its reputation has grown and 10 years ago it introduced a youth counselling service to provide free, confidential mental health support to young people aged 11 to 18.
During the past 18 months, wellbeing practitioners have been placed in several North Somerset schools to offer support to students.
The National Lottery has also aided the charity's work by awarding a grant of £289,192 to provide cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to young people in secondary schools and community settings over the next three years.
Nailsea GP Mary Backhouse, who has been a Wellspring trustee since it was founded, spoke of the 'profound importance' of the charity's work in addressing the psychological wellbeing of young people in particular, where an 'overstretched NHS is totally unable to meet current need'.
Wellspring's wellbeing practitioners give young people access to early support to prevent difficulties from escalating.
They work with young people who are struggling with difficult thoughts and feelings such as stress, anxiety, low mood or depression.
They also help with sleep and behavioural problems and low self-esteem.
Wellspring Counselling is funded by grants from churches, parish councils, charitable trusts, individual donors, fundraising events and through contributions from adult clients.