Service for those who could not otherwise afford counselling

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We hope that any of you who use our services, whether it is at the Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding or through our nursing and therapy teams in the community, find it a very positive experience.

This might not just be from the care we provide, but how we can help you access other services to complement your care.

From time to time, there are occasions when we work closely with other health and social care organisations, including charities and the voluntary sector.

A new service in Spalding has already proved to be an invaluable link to patients and families who are under the care of our community Macmillan clinical nurse specialist.

Space4u is a professional counselling service offered by the Spalding Covenant Churches. It is open to all from the age of 13 upwards, particularly for those who could otherwise not access counselling.

The cost is agreed according to ability to pay, and goes towards the cost of running the centre.

The counsellors are qualified and are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or equivalent. This means they follow their ethical framework and are subject to complaints procedures.

There are many reasons why people attend counselling.

This can include someone having problems with relationships, feeling constantly unhappy or anxious, that everything is spiralling out of control or a sense that life has no purpose. We might also recommended counselling following a sudden crisis, such as bereavement or unemployment.

Counselling is a chance to look at whatever problems or issues are bothering you. Counsellors listen carefully and try to understand how things look to you, and help you find the right solution, they will not judge or criticise, but help you to think about your situation, and how to move forward in a way that works for you as an individual.

For services such as palliative care at Lincolnshire Community Health Services, it can provide invaluable additional support to offer our patients and their families, especially those with teenagers and grandchildren.

Space4u can be found on Monday evenings at Johnson Community Hospital, Pinchbeck, and on Tuesday afternoons at Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding.

If you feel this service may benefit you or someone you know, then ask your GP or community Macmillan nurse for further information and they can either refer you or give you the correct details to contact yourself as needed.

Our children support services in the area also have access to these details, so ask your school nurse for the information.

Thank you to Gwen Eldred, Community Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, for contributing to this month’s column.