The Acorn Centre has received emergency funding to help the charity deliver its counselling services remotely thanks to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, which is distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.
The grant worth £6,690 has been given to the Centre thanks to the Government. It will enable the Centre to continue to offer counselling – to men and women with pregnancy related concerns – by offering support via online sessions or on the telephone.
During the peak of the pandemic, the Centre was forced to close to ensure the safety of its staff, volunteers and clients in line with Government guidelines. While we were unable to open the building, counsellors continued to offer a limited service online via Zoom and telephone calls.
The money received from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund has given the team the tools to be able to offer the online service more widely and we now have a new mobile number for people to call to arrange a counselling session: 07884 966464.
The trustees are monitoring the situation with the pandemic and official advice to see when the Centre can re-open again.
We know that often clients prefer to meet in person with a counsellor but we are pleased to be able to offer a remote service during this challenging time.
Once the Centre has re-opened again, we believe we will continue to offer a blended service with some remote sessions and some in the Centre, depending on the preference of the client (and the guidelines at the time.
Read more about the funding we received here.