We also received a grant from the Hutt Mana Trust for our range of services and from the Waikanae Op Shop tagged for Counselling subsidies. We have other grant applications in the pipeline and will await positive responses. It would be so nice to say we have 'arrived' with satisfactory funding, but our reality, like so many other charities, is that it is an ongoing process to seek funding. And that is why your ongoing input is so valuable! Thank you!
We have 2 smaller fundraising events this year: a screening of "The Lion King" for Monday 22nd July, 6pm - at The Lighthouse, Pauatahanui. Nibbles at 5.30pm. Tickets ($20) are still available! If you'd like to come, please email me!
On Friday 20th September we are holding a fashion evening at Ballentynes Central, Porirua for women. Fifty tickets will be made available at a cost of $15 per person. Cold non-alcoholic drinks and nibbles provided. Again, if you are interested, please email me.
While counselling numbers are tracking similarly to the last quarter of 2018, we have had a higher proportion of referrals coming through the centre, as opposed to Counsellor's contracts with other agencies. This may be because of the higher profile we have sought to have. To date for 2019, the Care Centre has received 30 referrals for counselling. There have been 11 subsidies approved and paid in the same time frame. Having the extra funding to support these subsidies has been a life changer for the 11 people who have so far received this financial help. And I have just approved a few more for this second half year.
I was told by a mother of a teenage male seeing one of the Counselling team that her son never said when he was going for a Counselling session, but when he came home from one, she could tell, as he was much happier in himself. That little anecdote encourages me of the difference that our professionals can make because they listen, validate and use their training to bring hope restored to their clients.
Social Work Services
Our Social Work Services received 16 referrals in the first half of 2019. Our Social Worker is contracted to work 12 hours per week, therefore while there is contact with a new client within 24 hours of their inquiry, some clients may have up to a two-week wait for their first appointment.
Maintaining a client base of 15 clients at one time is manageable as not all clients are seen weekly and some clients still have their case 'open' with regular contact until their issues are satisfactorily resolved.
Here is some recent feedback for the Social Work Services:
· "Thank you for your wise counsel…..your wisdom is so appreciated"
· "Thank you so much for meeting with the family…they found it very useful….you were so good at navigating them".
Interestingly, 3 women this year have self-referred following recommendations from other clients. This is testament to good outcomes and experiences of previous clients receiving the services.
Our point of difference for providing the Social Work Services is that anyone can access them for free within the Porirua basin area, and they are not restricted to a set number of appointments. They may remain a client as long as they need.
Another point of difference is the way our team surrounds families going through struggles who need extra professional input. While a family may be having therapy with one of our professionals, individual family members can be seen by other professionals on our team thus enabling a family to move forward through their issues.
It's our desire, as a Centre, to see people have their hope restored, to enable them to have someone come alongside them to navigate their turbulent waters and see them become well. We need partners like our supporters in this and we are grateful for your support of the Care Centre. You are making a difference!