06th August 2015




The Compass and Cyrenians partnership for the Cyrenians Alcohol Mediation Service was off to a winning start when Phil Smith, the newly appointed coordinator of the service came to attend the weekly Compass team meeting for the first Single Point of Contact meeting part.  After discussing how the services had been making referrals to each other, updating each other about the Cyrenians counselling sessions now going ahead, and the co-location work being jointly delivered at Coundon Children and Families First office, and agreeing to joint working including a stand at the Coventry Health Centre this month, the coordinator was the grateful recipient of a donation of sports equipment from Compass to be given to Cyrenians clients to compliment the Personalisation Budget for positive activities.

Phil Geetanjali

Phil said, “Having worked for Compass it was great to be back in the company of such dedicated and caring professionals, and people I am glad I can call friends.  It was hard to leave but now we are complimenting each other’s services we are providing an even more comprehensive form of support across the city.  Many thanks to Geetanjali Sembi (EIS case worker) for sparing me her time and the generosity of Sharon Bolesworth, the service manager.”

Young people being supported by the Coventry Cyrenians Mediation service will receive a threefold form of support.  They can be provided funding to help young people access sporting, art or music related interests locally, for example.   They can receive regular confidential one to one counselling at short notice from a choice of five weekly appointment slots over two days, to help overcome any barriers regarding attending.   Finally, they can have mediation support for themselves and family members in a safe and secure setting, as well as  addressing alcohol related issues, to help ensure that they avoid the risk of homelessness and eviction they face.

Referrals can be made by any party and family and professionals are welcome to be a part of the process from the outset and throughout.