Funding Boost for bereavement counselling for local residents

Local charity Caring Connections has received a funding boost from the National Lotteries Community fund to expand its bereavement counselling provision across Knowsley, Halton and St Helens.

The charity has been awarded £183,000 through the fund divided over a three-year period to provide the fully funded service to local residents. As a charity Caring Connections specialises in support services that reduce social isolation and improve levels of independence, they have been providing the bereavement support service now for over four years.

The service was originally set up memory of Barbra Bettle a local Knowsley resident who lost their life to suicide, in which the service aimed to provide targeted free at the point of contact counselling to any individuals who have lost a loved one through suicide.  

The service has now expanded in supporting people affected by all types of bereavement. 
Over the four-year period the service has been inundated with people struggling through grief and bereavement and has become one of the leading bereavement counselling services in the local area.

Paul Growney CEO of Caring Connections said: “We can’t thank the National Lottery enough for this grant as it will really support our charity to provide much needed counselling support to people who often are in emotional crisis. 

“We have seen through the pandemic the number of referrals for our services has increased tenfold, with many contacting with complex support needs and often in social isolation. 

“The long NHS waiting lists and the financial barriers of private counselling has lead to many people in great need not being able to access services. This project will offer a lifeline to these people with fully funded service delivered by a professional counsellor.”

The project will be officially launching in September 2022, in which the service will be providing one to one fully funded counselling to approximately 60 people per week, 52 weeks per year.


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