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Willows News - Summer 2019

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” ! Corinthians 13 v 7

Be with us, Lord, in our working and our resting, in our laughing and our crying, in our eating and our fasting, in our travelling and our staying. Abide with us, each day, each night.

Greetings from Willows

As we’re in Volunteers Week, it feels very important to acknowledge that Willows could not exist without our amazing committed and supportive volunteers. Counselling, supervision, fundraising by the Friends of Willows, upkeep of our beautiful building and garden, the teams on company volunteering days and acting a Trustee are different ways that our inspiring volunteers contribute to this work. Thank you!

Willows has always been an organisation which seeks to resource counsellors and develop their skills and knowledge. One way we do this is through our Annual Conference. This May we were delighted to hold our 4th Annual Conference. Seventy delegates learnt from Kathy Steele - all the way from Atlanta – who taught and inspired us about how to work with the subject of shame in the counselling room.

As Willows is a counselling service and training provider primarily for Swindon it was a good opportunity to attend the Forging Connections event, facilitated by Good News 4 Swindon, and to meet other charitable organisations with a Christian ethos.

We would like to say thank you for the lovely messages from Swindon congregations in response to our recent churches appeal. We are especially grateful for those who sent donations or offered to financially support us.

Friends of Willows (FoW) have once again worked incredibly hard. Their stall at Old Town Festival raised £190 and an amazing Aqua session at the Swindon Village Hotel where 34 participants raising £170.

Their non-stop selling of ducks for the Famous Swindon Duck Race - and even dressing up as one - meant we were delighted to receive an amazing cheque for £2,675 from Swindon Old Town Rotary, who have been incredibly supportive to us this year.

The next FOW event is our annual concert with Kentwood Choir, which is always a wonderful night. It would be lovely if you could join us on Sunday 29th September at Blunsdon House Hotel. Tickets can be bought from Willows or on the door.

If you or anyone you know enjoys fundraising or organising events please let us know as the FOW committee would be pleased to have more members.


As we enter that last term of the academic year, we would like to extend a huge congratulations to the 14 students who have just completed the Level 2 course, the 8 students coming to the end of the Level 3 course and the 14 students completing the first year of the Level 4 Diploma course. A huge well done to all!

Application are now open for the following courses starting in the next academic year:

Sept 2019 – Level 2 Introduction to Pastoral Counselling

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

Sept 2019 - Bridging Course (Level 3 – Level 4 Gap year course)

Jan 2020 – Level 5 Course in Trauma Counselling

To receive a course brochure and application form for any of these course please email our Training Manager:

After the success of this year’s conference, we are pleased to announce that next year’s conference will be on Saturday 6th June 2020 with the hugely acclaimed guru of Person-Centred theory Mick Cooper. Booking details will be released in the coming months.

In the mean time we continue with our fantastic schedule of 1 day CPD training workshops which are of course open to all:

  • Sat 5th October - 'Working with Young People – Key differences in working therapeutically with under-18s’ Speaker: Lisa Nel (5 hours CPD - £45 inc lunch)

  • Sat 9th November - 'Personal Journeying: Exploring working more deeply in our personal and professional work with others’ (workshop 2) Speakers: Philippa Dryland and Mike Fisher (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 and other organisations, please email Denise Brent, Training Manager:

We appreciate your continued prayerful and financial support and hope to see you at Friends of Willows events throughout the rest of the year.


Tanya and the Willows Team

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