Thames Valley Specialist Counselling Service
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The Counselling Hub forms part of the Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC) work to create new support services for victims of crime in the Thames Valley.
The Hub is being developed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) by a Hub Coordinator employed directly by the OPCC. The Hub will aim to coordinate and improve access to psychotherapeutic counselling for victims of crime, to increase the pool of appropriate counsellors and to reduce barriers for those requiring counselling.
The PCC has sought support for the Hub Coordinator through a host organisation, Circles South East, which can provide suitable practical expertise and clinical knowledge required to inform development of a counselling hub.
Research and Engagement
Two pieces of PCC commissioned research and two workshops with key stakeholders have been undertaken to help inform the proposed ‘Counselling Hub’ for victims of crime in Thames Valley. The commissioned research led to the following reports:-
Gell, F & Shackman, J (April 2015) Developing Capacity across the Thames Valley for Specialist Counselling for victims of crime who are refugees, asylum-seekers, vulnerable migrants, or from black and minority ethnic groups with little or no English, Produced on behalf of Refugee Resource.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has done extensive engagement with organisations involved in counselling including holding a workshop on Monday 5th October at The Gateway, Aylesbury, 9.30 - 13.30.
The event was an opportunity for the OPCC to present proposals and draft documents for interested parties to review and for us to be further informed by your feedback.
Transitional Grant Funding for Counselling Provision
As an interim measure, while the Hub is undergoing development, the PCC for Thames Valley was keen to offer short-term funding to organisations which provide counselling to victims of crime or have referral pathways with counselling providers who have experience of supporting victims of crime.
Two rounds of grant funding have now been allocated to increase capacity and provide psychotherapeutic counselling to victims of crime until the Counselling Hub is formally established:
Interim Funding - August 2016
We currently have interim grant funding available for both direct counselling and/ or capacoty building.
Applications close Monday 12th September at 9am
GRANT ROUND NOW CLOSED
Contact the Counselling Hub
Call: 01865 846156
or alternatively please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01865 846780