08th September 2015



The Comic Relief funded Cyrenians Alcohol and Mediation Service is exceeding its own expectations with all counselling appointments for young people being booked and attended on an on-going weekly basis.    Through counselling support delivered by Louise Curtis (pictured here in the counselling room), appointments are being offered to young people for only a few days later, after the Cyrenians assessment has been completed by the coordinator Phil Smith.  This has been so successful that further appointments are then being offered and taken up by young people at the end of a counselling session.    This then provides continuity of support and subsequently promotes attendance by young people.   

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Discussions with the counsellor Louise of how to deli An added bonus is that, with the counselling support being based near to the Cyrenians Windsor’s café and Refreshed charity shop advocacy and family support is also provided by the coordinator in a comfortable and relaxed setting.  Clients have responded so well to the support that they are now attending alone on occasion.  This has also proved to be an ideal setting for young people to meet with staff from other services to discuss being supported by them to promote personal development.ver this specialist support hasresulted in over-coming the concerns young people might have about engaging in Cyrenians in-house counselling. 

With donations and help from the estates team and other staff from Oakwood House (the Cyrenians offices), and provision of unwanted or unused items to make the counselling room a welcoming setting, benefitting young people and so the progress of appointments, the next step is to utilise Louise’s skills to deliver sessions with an art therapy basis, where clients find that a more suitable approach, with a view to that being achieved by the end of the month.