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Willows News - April 2019

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Matthew 25 v5-6

May you see God’s light on the path ahead When the road you walk is dark. May you always hear, Even in your hour of sorrow, The gentle singing of the lark. When times are hard may hardness Never turn your heart to stone, May you always remember when the shadows fall— You do not walk alone. Irish Blessing

Greetings from Willows at this Easter time.

I hope that this finds you well. We wanted to let you know what has been happening in Willows since our last update.

We continue to be incredibly busy with counselling referrals and assessments which is a constant reminder to all of us how important our counselling service is not only to those who come for counselling but also to other agencies and churches who support and signpost people to us.

At the same time we have had a number of counsellors moving on due to personal circumstances, health, family commitments etc. This has meant we have increasing numbers of people referring and a decreased number of counsellors. We would value your letting people know we are on the lookout for more supervisors and qualified volunteer counsellors and prayers as we journey through this.

We are thankful that we have 7 student placements starting to counsel with us as they will be able to gain the hours needed for their Diploma and we will be able to see more clients, thus making up for the reduction in counsellors.

Balancing the books is an ongoing tension – we want to see clients who need us regardless of their ability to cover the actual costs of counselling but at the same time we need to pay the bills. We are incredibly grateful for our amazing donors and the Fabulous Friends of Willows Committee. If you know of any projects, business or people who would be able to offer financial support please feel free to mention Willows.

We know how important it is to thank our volunteers and staff but usually can only do this verbally or by making someone a wee cuppa. We were absolutely delighted when Asda West Swindon gave us a grant and Barnsley House Hotel gifted us use of their luxury cinema. We were able to invite our volunteers and staff to a free afternoon, evening quiz, food and cinema which was lovely. I have photos

FOW - Events coming up

  • Tuesday 16th April - Draw Easter Hamper

  • Monday 27th May - Swindon Duck Race

Keep an eye on Facebook for more information

Training and Conference

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all 13 of our new Level 2 students who started their Introduction to Pastoral Counselling course on the 4th March. We will soon be in the process of confirming dates for our 2019/2020 course, the application window for these course will open late spring. We have the following in the pipeline:

  • Sept 2019 – Level 3 One year extended course in Integrative Counselling

  • Oct 2019 – Level 2 Introduction to Pastoral Counselling

  • Jan 2020 – Level 5 – Trauma Focussed course

In the mean time we continue with our fantastic schedule of 1 day CPD training workshops and our annual conference.

Details of our annual conference are:

  • Mon 13th May – ‘Honouring Client Resistance – A Compassionate Perspective on Working with Low Motivation and Shame,’ with International Speaker: Kathy Steele

  • Tickets can be purchased through our Training website or via Eventbrite.

We also have a range of 1 day CPD courses which are of course open to all:

  • Sat 11th May – Endings, Life, Loss and Letting go' Speaker: Liz Day (5 hours CPD - £45 inc lunch) Sat 8th

  • June - 'The bitter taste of shame’ Speaker: Rebecca Mitchell (5 hours CPD - £45 inc lunch)

The above courses will be held at the Harnhill centre in Cirencester and can be booked directly through them by calling 01285 850283

For any further information or enquiries about any aspect of our training, including bespoke training for businesses or other organisations, please email Denise Brent, Training Manager:

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