Plymouth Social Enterprise awarded further National Lottery funding grant

Simply Counselling CIC, a Plymouth Social Enterprise based in Stoke Damerel Business Centre, has received a further National Lottery award to fund a Support Worker to offer 24 parents support over 12 months. 

Having successfully run a three-year Domestic Abuse Counselling Service through the National Lottery ‘Reaching Communities’ fund, Simply Counselling was awarded 5 years Continuation Lottery funding in January 2018.

M-L Wilson, CEO of Simply Counselling, said: “This is fantastic news! We know the experience of domestic abuse for parents can be catastrophic and can leave their children feeling highly anxious and traumatised. Our counselling service repairs and heals the damage of domestic abuse for parents and children in Plymouth. 

Becky Kat, our Support Worker, has the flexibility to meet parents who are anxious and build their trust. She can meet them over coffee, in their home or where ever they choose. Taking that first step, getting to know them, going at their pace and dealing with any practical issues, helps to overcome barriers to attending and engaging in much needed counselling.

We can do this life changing work for parents, children and families in Plymouth thanks to the National Lottery and the millions of players and their amazing support”.

The National Lottery have also funded a 360° “virtual tour” film for Simply Counselling’s website which is currently being worked on. This will be interactive and introduce key members of staff, show the premises so that clients are more familiar and not as threatened when visiting for the first time. 

The Domestic Abuse Counselling Service offers parent’s one to one counselling, ‘parent and child’ work, parenting and group sessions to increase their confidence and self-esteem, build stronger family relationships and improve parenting skills. 

Zoe, a parent at the end of her therapy, reported: “If the Support Worker had not come to my house that day I would never in a thousand years have imagined I could get to where I am today. Her kindness, her understanding and her really listening to me enabled me to take that scary first step.”