NLCS Updates and News

Welcome to new members of the team

I offer a very warm welcome to our four new Trainees – Nicola, Dianna, Amanda, and Rowan – who I know are getting underway with their counselling. We are all here to support you and each other, please do ask if you have any questions.

I am also happy to welcome our two new Trustees, Christiaan Morgan and Rachel Stevenson, who have just joined the team with a wide range of experience and skills that will be a great asset.

And finally, welcome to Emily and Henry, who are both volunteering with us as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award – all the best with your endeavours!

Tammy, Nominal Chair, May 2021

A short video…

John Finch, a friend of NLCS, visited our new website and downloaded our 30th birthday celebration booklet, available as a download here. As a result he took the time and trouble to put together a short “taster video” summarising what we do.

To view it, you can click THIS LINK

Enjoy and, from all of us at NLCS, thank you again John

Celebrating 30 years of North Lancashire Counselling Service

What an achievement for our founders and the many subsequent volunteers that NLCS has been providing a free, counselling service continuously for the last 30 years. Our founder, Rev. Arthur Longworth (pictured here) would be extremely proud.

As we are unable to meet in large groups at present, we will reflect on our achievements via a Zoom celebration later in the year – all are welcome. Please contact chair@northlancscounselling.org.uk if you are not a current member and wish to be invited.

We have also created a wonderful booklet to share some of our history, memories, and achievements from the last 30 years. This is available to read in full in our HISTORY OF NLCS section.

Peer support for NLCS Counsellors

As an NLCS Counsellor, are you interested in joining a peer support group for Counsellors to facilitate further discussion around best practice and sharing resources? If so, please contact chair@northlancscounselling.org.uk. This group is in addition to Supervision, and is not a substitute for it, however it will adhere to our strict confidentiality and sharing information guidance. At this time, it will be held via Zoom. Frequency can be totally dependent on the needs of those attending, with a view to start quarterly.

Welcome to our new volunteers!

Despite the challenges that we have faced over the last year, we have been fortunate enough not only to have some dedicated trainees who have been waiting in the wings to commence their counselling placement (and are now gladly able to) but also to recruit some new volunteers. A warm welcome to everyone joining our service – and a gracious thank you to all our volunteers old and new!

Coronavirus update

As Government guidance remains changeable in line with the development of the pandemic, we are working hard to keep all our clients and volunteers safe, whilst maintaining our counselling provision. At the time of writing (January 2021) only in rare circumstances are we agreeing to see clients face-to-face – and in these circumstances our building and protocols are guided by our strict health and safety risk assessment. Most of our work continues to either be by telephone call or online video-link. For volunteers – a copy of the risk assessment can be found on DropBox.

We hope you continue to keep yourselves well. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.