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Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy

Annual Review 2012/2013

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Word from Our Chair In 1994, Teresa Gallagher, set out to give culturally sensitive psychotherapy to people of Irish origin. Today Teresa is our Honorary President and icap’s purpose remains the same. I want to acknowledge the good news and success of all of icap’s staff, therapists, volunteers and Board of Trustees. The past year has been one of great success and achievement. Our Clinical Directors presented the report “Coming Home to Ourselves” carried out by The Anna Freud Centre, at well attended events at the Embassy in London and in Dublin. It is with pride that Chair we are able to provide evidence that our work is contributing to the wellness for “hard to reach” clients. I am also delighted that the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins has become our Patron, an indication of how highly icap’s contribution is valued. Teresa Gallagher received the Nessa O’Neil award for outstanding Woman of the Year. Jean Smullen, our long-serving volunteer, reached the finals for The Hibernian Hero Award. Geraldine Ryan joined Christine Thornton as joint Clinical Director, bringing with her professional empathy, leadership and rigour to our therapeutic community. The London team are going from strength to strength and are delivering the welcoming quiet but effective engine that we all appreciate. Maureen Slattery-Marsh and her team in Birmingham continue to deliver despite the limitations of our premises in that city. We are so thankful to Sinead Crowley and Andy Rogers and the team of dedicated fundraisers in the Development Committee, not only for the work that they do and the funds that they raise for us but for the spirit and fun with which they do so. icap’s Annual Dinner is becoming THE event of the year. I would also like to thank our Trustees who give their time and expertise to setting the direction of icap and keeping us focused on running a vibrant truly transformational charity. We live in challenging times and are constantly trying to do more for less money, at the same time that our services are even more in demand. This is a challenge we will face with the same determination and love and creativity that has brought us this far. Teresa has shown us the way! Our clients are our inspiration.

Thank You All

Clinical Update The past year has been a period of change at icap, but one thing has remained a constant, our work to benefit so many people through psychotherapy. We see clients in our London and West Midlands centres, throughout the UK and through partner organisations. During the year 2012-13 we have provided 8634 sessions to 348 individual clients. It is these people who are at the heart of our service and it is with each client in mind that we work to develop our services. It was with a fond farewell that we said goodbye to Alan Corbett, who achieved so much for icap in a relatively short period and we welcome Geraldine Ryan who brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for the work we are doing. Each one of our therapists are highly experienced skilled and trained to meet the needs of our clients. We have expertise in working with: >>

Irish people and people of Irish descent living in Britain


Adults who were abused in childhood


People who have experienced institutional or clerical abuse


Women who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or domestic violence


People who misuse alcohol and drugs


People who have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

It is thanks to our highly dedicated team of psychotherapists that we can build on our solid foundations.

Clinical Directors: Christine Thornton & Geraldine Ryan

2012 -2013 in Numbers


5005 95 sessions were held in our London centre


psychotherapists seeing clients

people volunteering their time to icap


sessions were held throughout out the rest of the UK

sessions held at partner organisations


sessions were held in our West Midlands centre


client assessments took place

348 clients used our service

West Midlands ”Who doctors the wounds which we hide from everybody’s eyes?” Patrick MacGill, Irish Navvy Poet (1914) icap West Midlands continues to be a therapeutic haven in the heart of the city of Birmingham, providing services just a stone’s throw from the busy Bull Ring shopping centre. Demand for therapy continues to increase and the last year has seen service grow in both breadth and depth. Addressing the hidden wounds of loss, abuse, trauma, conflicted identity often masked by shame, anxiety, depression and addiction, has led to taking on more therapists to deal with the increase in referrals. This year has seen the development of a new service, through Psychological Wellbeing Worker, Maria Dillon, offering short term therapy, advice and support in areas such as depression, anxiety, anger management and confidence building. This work is carried out in partnership with Birmingham Mental Health Consortium, as part of a contract with the NHS based Birmingham Healthy Minds. It is another indication of icap’s growing influence and stature in the West Midlands and is further evidenced by new work with other local organisations. icap West Midlands have worked more closely with survivor groups both nationally and locally and consequently are providing therapy for 30% more survivors than at the same time last year. This means that altogether over 50 people are now seen in a typical week in Birmingham and being supported on their journey to greater well-being.

Therapy in progress

Continuing Professional Development As part of our offer to icap therapists we provide a CPD programme to ensure that they stay up to date with the latest research and thinking about therapeutic practice. We have expanded the programme of five annual sessions in London, including the annual clinical conference and an additional three annual sessions in Birmingham. In the past year, we have been fortunate to attract several speakers who are leaders in their fields: Professor Peter Fonagy spoke about his independent study of icap’s work whilst Dr Felicity de Zulueta addressed effectiveness in working with trauma. Dr Valerie Sinason spoke on the theme of diaspora and Dr Judy Yellin applied the latest thinking about attachment theory to work with traumatised clients. Clinical directors Alan Corbett and Christine Thornton developed a seminar around ideas about icap as a clinical home. The notion of home along with themes of attachment serve as a framework for understanding our work with clients, many of whom who have never known a good home We are particularly pleased that as part of the programme icap therapists have also worked together to develop workshops focussing in depth on aspects of icap’s therapeutic work, a trend that is continuing into the future.

Founder & Honorary President; Teresa Gallagher with icap’s Clinical Directors

Finance Overview The financial information below has been summarised from the Statement of Financial Activities for the year ending 21st March 2013. The full financial statements were approved by the Trustees on the 4th September 2013 and submitted to the Charity Commission and Companies House. A full report can be downloaded from



Expenditure Expenditure

Other £8,071

Other £8,071Income Voluntary Voluntary Income £80,614 sing Income Fundraising £80,614 £24,810 Other £8,071 Voluntary Income

Fundraising Grants £24,810 £204,513

Grants £204,513 Service Contracts £291,530

Grants £204,513

Cost of Generating CostFunds of Generating £54,451 £54,451 Governance Governance £22,184 Expenditure £22,184

Governance £22,184


Service Contracts £291,530

Service Contracts £291,530

tal Income:Total £609,538 Income: £609,538

Total Income: £609,538

Cost of Generating Funds £54,451

Counselling andCounselling and Psychotherapy Psychotherapy £599,372 £599,372

Counselling and Psychotherapy £599,372 Total Expenditure: £676,007 Total Expenditure: £676,00

Net Assets: £1,015,840 Net Assets: £1,015,840 Total Expenditure: £676,007 Net Assets: £1,015,840

Fundraising & Events With the support of the Development Committee we have had a successful year. >>

We are honoured that President Michael D Higgins is confirmed as our new Patron


£40,000 raised at social events and through donations

Events >>

May 2012: Staff Member Veronica Pearce – BUPA Great Manchester Run


June 2012: 150 guests attended the official Launch of icap’s ‘Coming Home to Ourselves’ report at the Embassy of Ireland


September 2012: 1st Sponsor A Room Plaque presented to John Kennedy


September 2012: An exclusive dinner for supporters and to secure new Trustees and at Development Committee Members very kindly hosted by icap Chair the Reform Club


November 2012: Teresa Gallagher presented with Nessa O’Neill Award by WIN


November 2012: Largest ever icap Winter Supper with Ultan Cowley “The Craic Was Good in Cricklewood” raising £6,000


November 2012: icap Volunteer for 16 years, Jean Smullen, shortlisted for inaugural IYF Hibernian Heroes award


February 2013: Largest ever icap Annual Dinner raising £25,000

Tony Ahearne & Aoife Crowley – Annual Dinner

Teresa Gallagher at the Embassy – June 2012

Supporters & Funders We are grateful to our funders for their generous support in 2012/13. Huge thanks are also due to our supporters who contribute to our work through their donations, sponsorship, expertise, gifts for raffle prizes and attendance at our events. Without such support, icap could not continue our vital work. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Emigrant Support Programme Health Service Executive – Ireland Lloyds TSB Foundation Lankelly Chase Foundation West Hackney Parochial Charity Irish Youth Foundation Supporting Irish Abroad - Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust St Stephen’s Green Trust

Christmas Construction Luncheon presenting Cheque – Annual Dinner

Cusack Learning Pool Instalcom Jenny McCarthy Castlemartyr Hotel & Resort London Irish Rugby Club The Vineyard and GP Associates Pedham Place and Golf Centre Dukes of Mayfair Orla Kiely Bowers and Wilkins Group Law Office of Janice A Flynn Ritz Carlton Powerscourt Hotel

City Jet Michael Flaherty & Barbara Stanley Gallery Marbella Club, Golf Resort and Spa Harlequins Rugby Club L’Oreal P J’s Bar & Grill Arbro Limited Lili Nikolaeva The Doyle Collection, The River Lee Hotel The Double Tree Hilton Hotel Crown Moran Hotel Cricklewood Irwin Mitchell LLP

Our People Founder and Honorary President

Colin McNicholas

Teresa Gallagher

Jayne Anne Eustace O’Flynn Carol McGinley (April 2012 – October 2012)

Patron President Michael D. Higgins

Ambassadors Lord Alderdice FRCPI, FRCPsych O’Ceallaigh Professor Suzie Orbach PhD

Trustees (Chair from October 2012) Joe Browne (Treasurer) Janice Flynn (Joined February 2013) Jerry Kivlehan Colin McNicholas (Chair from May 2009 – October 2012) Oonagh O’Toole (Company Secretary) Dr John Walshe

Development Committee Stella Adams Victoria Butterworth Maria Carter (ex-officio) Emma Cloney Sinead Crowley (ex-officio)

Mary McKenna Andy Rogers KMCO (Chair)

London Staff Neil Casey – Interim Chief Executive Officer Maria Carter (Operations Manager) Alan Corbett (Clinical Director to December 2012) Sinead Crowley (p/t Fundraising) Veronica Pearce (Clinical Administrator) Christine Thornton (Clinical Director) Geraldine Ryan (Clinical Director from January 2013) John Russell (Caretaker to March 2013)

West Midlands Staff Joylene Anderson (p/t cleaner) Elizabeth Daw (Clinical Administrator) Maria Dillon (Psychological Wellbeing Worker) Maureen Slattery-Marsh (Clinical Manager)

London Therapists

West Midlands Therapists

Heather Allan

Lynne Dale

Patricia Danagher

Patricia Dolman (until September 2012)

Jane Ellwood

Sandra Harrison

Nuala Flynn

Zen Kyle

Alaco Hickey Daniel Linehan

Teresa McKevitt

Barry O’Donovan

Philomena O’Hara

Mary Ryan

Dr Angella Ryan

Denise Swift

Maureen Slattery-Marsh

Michael Twomey Jane Palmer Brendan Power Kathleen Gillespie Adette Payne Sheila Hegarty Jane Palmer

Supervisors Eileen Aird Madeleine Barnett Pat Day Jan McHugh

Supervisors Robina Burke Val Hill Helen Lloyd Joseph Lynton Christine Pitt

London Volunteers Liz Conway Carmel Murray Jean Smullen Joan Tobin

Sue Platt

West Midlands Volunteers

David Richards

Laurie Fisher Margaret Launchbury

How to Contact Us London

West Midlands

icap 96 Moray Road Finsbury Park London, N4 3LA

icap 72 Digbeth Birmingham, B5 6DH

tel: 020 7272 7906 fax: 020 7272 6920 email: web:

tel: 0121 666 7707 fax: 0121 666 7708 email: web:

icap is a Registered Charity Number: 1079353

Company Registered in England Number: 3917115

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