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.
The Acorn Centre’s building has been closed since the UK entered lockdown and social distancing restrictions mean counsellors are unable to have face-to-face meetings with their clients.
The new funding is helping the Centre to purchase laptops, mobile phones and software licences so the Centre’s counsellors can set up virtual counselling sessions. The money will also provide financial support to pay for a part-time staff member to provide the charity’s book keeping and administration services.
Covid-19 has drastically impacted the Centre’s fundraising – with quizzes and events having to be cancelled. It has been even more of a blow for the Centre as it was celebrating its 25th anniversary year and hoping to raise significant funding to mark its milestone.
The Acorn Centre’s Chairman of Trustees Natalie Parsons said:
“We are so grateful to the Government for this funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund. Like many small charities we have been trying to adapt our services under the restrictions but without any budget. This grant means we can proceed with these plans and ensure more of our counsellors can now offer online appointments.
“We expect our services to be in more demand following the impact of Covid-19. Prolonged periods of isolation are challenging – but even more so when people are already experiencing mental health problems. People facing delays for fertility treatments; those living with post natal depression; or those who have experienced baby loss will find it difficult to meet with friends and family due to social distancing and may need someone to talk to. A more effective virtual counselling service will mean we can be there to listen when people need us.”
The Centre, which has been offering a specialist pregnancy-related counselling service in Nuneaton since 1995, offers counselling for women and men who are coping with issues including fertility, baby loss, unexpected pregnancy, pre and post abortion and postnatal depression.
To make an appointment with an Acorn Centre counsellor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07884 966464 or 024