We have given £650,000 worth of therapy sessions FOR FREE to children and young people in Bath and Bristol. Families have been able to come and engage in free parenting courses led by highly skilled professionals whilst their children have free art, music or play therapy. We’ve written reports, attended meetings and been available by email all week. Our amazing staff work many, many hours attending meetings and writing endless reports, outside of their sessions without being paid. We are so very grateful for their generosity and kindness. We’ve seen amazing ending evaluations as the children and young people leave with their original objectives met.
Now, the waiting list is approx 80 and we have needed to think through what to do. We have many other cities where such a service doesn’t yet exist and people asking us to start a similar holistic centres all over the UK.
So we have decided to ask parents and clients over 18 years to pay something towards their therapy. We know that for many this is tough and we are not asking for a lot- just a donation- and it is being sorted out individually according to peoples ability to contribute. So for example a homeless client will not pay anything, our syrian refugees won’t pay anything- as they have nothing! Others may have to suspend extra curriculum activities for a season while we work with their child to help them recover.
So our new season begins. The cost of running the therapy centre- even if everyone contributes say £25 a session will be approx £120,000 per year. But this will enable us to take on more staff to expand and see more of the desperate families who email each week have the service they need.
Just to summarise. We have given over 12,500 free therapy sessions so far and over £650,000 worth of therapy!
We don’t offer 12 weeks of talking therapy because we believe that the impact of the trauma resides in the unconscious and subconious which takes longer to fully process and therefore we use creative therapies to enable full, long term recovery rather than short term management.
We are asking parents and adults to think about what they can contribute or instead fundraise to help us help more families.
If you’d like to sponsor a child or young person do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org