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The Counselling and Family Centre

40 Mayor’s Road Altrincham WA15 9RP 0161 941 7754



NAME: Sarah Hurst JOB DESCRIPTION: Supervisor/Training Leader Hi, being the training leader here at CFC is proving inspirational and exciting. There is so much going on from courses on Creative Writing to Children to Young Persons Counselling! The Family Constellations Workshops are amazingly insightful experiences, The Working with Couples is fascinating and our programme for 2012 is already receiving a lot of interest. (Keep up to date with what's coming up via our web-site) Working here is extremely rewarding, and very hard work, but fortunately there’s a great team spirit and everyone is ready and willing to lend a hand.

Arrivals and Departures Welcome to our new counsellors Chris, Chryssa, Jenny, Kirstie, Liz, Mary and Sarah. We hope you will find your work here pleasant and rewarding. We also welcome Judy, a new administration volunteer on Monday afternoons who will be getting to grips with our Who’s Who database……quite a task! Fiona and Ted, both with backgrounds in the business sector, have recently joined us as trustees – welcome to you both, we look forward to benefitting from your skills and hope that you enjoy your time with us Goodbye to Ray Woolfe, one of our trustees, and thank you for your input into CFC. Please go with our good wishes, and good luck with all your endeavours in the future.

Donations/fundraising • One of our reception team volunteers, Madeleine, took part in a concert at The Larkhill Centre organised by Friends in Harmony choir group which raised £404 for our centre. The event took place over two nights on the 23rd and 24th September. Thank you to Friends in Harmony for their much appreciated efforts in fundraising. A good time was had by all, participants & audience alike! • We participated in the annual Timperley Fair, held at The Larkhill Centre in September, and raised £175 for CFC by selling donated goods from books to bubble bath! It was a very, very windy day, and we nearly lost the gazebo, but people still turned out to support us! Many thanks to all who participated and who donated items.

Marketing Initiatives 1.

In an exciting new development we are working with a team of students from Trafford College to produce an interactive web-site aimed specifically at children and young people. This will be in addition to our current web-site; which is informative but definitely not interactive……watch this space for further developments!


In order to promote awareness of our services to those affected by Stroke – including all family members and carers – Pam, our counsellor who leads on this, has been networking in the health community and contacting all local GPs – a mammoth task. For those of you who don’t already have the information, we are running free self help groups every Monday afternoon: one for Stroke survivors, and a second for those whose lives have also been affected – family members and carers. Group members can come along, chat, share experiences, share coping strategies, share frustrations, make new friends, and hopefully, feel better able to cope emotionally and find a positive focus in the future.


Bulletin • We are facilitating a Women’s group based in Stretford Children’s centre (M32 9AN). The group is for women who have experienced domestic abuse, which may or may not have included physical violence, and may still be ongoing, or have been in the past. The group is survivor led, and meets every Tuesday between 12.00 and 2.00pm. If you would like to find out more, call us on 0161 941 7754 for an informal chat with Emma, the counsellor involved as facilitator. This is a free service! • We are able to provide up to 8 sessions of free counselling for families where there is a child under 5 years. This is for the child or the adult family members. Priority will be given to families living within identified Super Output Areas of Trafford, but those in need from elsewhere will be considered. If you would like to make a referral, please contact Big Life in the first instance at their Old Trafford base 0161 226 1308, and speak to the manager Samina Arif.

Proving our Worth We have recently changed the way we monitor and evaluate the positive changes our counselling service brings about for clients. We have adopted CORE, a benchmarking system for psychological therapy services, which measures presenting and emerging problems. We can now accurately measure and track change across the ‘core of client’s’ distress, including subjective well being, commonly experienced problems or symptoms, and life/social functioning. In addition, items on risk to self and to others are included. Implementation has proved a massive task both in terms of training and administration but is now completed, and we look forward to using CORE both as a tool with which to reflect on clinical practice and for the improvements in our capacity to report on that practice.

Autumn/winter workshops at CFC Craft workshops 6 week course - £60 Beginning Mon 31 Oct 7-9pm Discover your creativity Enjoy working with new materials Develop your skills

Junior craft workshops 6 week course - £60 Beginning Mon 31 Oct 4-6pm Learn how to make furry monsters, gift boxes, button bracelets. Mums and Dads welcome

Creative writing course 4 week course - £50 Beginning Tue 1 Nov 7-9pm Unlock your creativity Gain confidence Develop your skills

Career confidence Half day workshop - £20 Tue 1 Nov 10-12.30pm Aims to kick start your confidence & motivation for work Discover what holds you back

Fear? Fret?....Freedom!!! 6 week course - £60 Beginning Tue 1 Nov 7-9pm This workshop will unlock the origins of anxiety & teach Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

Raise your self esteem 6 week courses - £60 Beginning Tue 1 Nov 7-9pm & Fri 5 Nov 7-9pm What makes you tick? Improving self confidence Dealing with difficult situations

Stress busting 6 week courses - £60 Beginning Wed 2 Nov 1-3pm & 7-9pm How to manage hectic lifestyles Achieving calm and harmony Exploring triggers

‘To counsel or not?’ Taster day - £45 Fri 11 Nov 10-3pm Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a counsellor?

And finally...thank you To Christine and Madeleine from the administration team for all their hours of volunteering: covering shifts at short notice and working hard to ensure we stay open to serve our community. We are truly grateful - and hope they will continue to provide such a wonderful level of support for us well into the future!

We hope you enjoyed our newsletter. For information about any of our services, please contact us on 0161 941 7754 or You can opt out of receiving these newsletters by emailing us at the above address.

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