CLIENTS

Up to 50 clients attend the centre each week, some of whom may need more than 40 sessions to relieve their symptoms. A client may come with anxiety and depression, maybe, for example, having great difficulty in leaving the house, symptoms which make everyday life very difficult to cope with. The opportunity to explore these feelings with a skilled professional counsellor results in a new approach to life which is happier and more successful. Actual clinical Illness can often be prevented.

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ABOUT WANTAGE COUNSELLING SERVICE

WANTAGE COUNSELLING SERVICE

was founded in 1984 to provide counselling for individuals, couples and young people over the age of 15 years. As a registered charity we are able to provide this professional service to people whatever their financial circumstances. As well as being a respected community agency we also provide counselling services to GP surgeries and schools. GPs and Psychiatric Consultants make much use of our services and comment that the WCS is particularly valuable as a voluntary addition for patients in need of long term care beyond whatever the NHS can provide.

As a BACP accredited Service we follow the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy's (BACP) Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

All our qualified counsellors have been trained to Diploma level, and receive regular practice supervision.

Up to 50 clients are seen each week, and each client may need more than 40 sessions to relieve their symptoms.


FINANCE

WCS is a registered charity. Clients are counselled entirely according to need and irrespective of their ability to pay the full fee of £40-£45 per session. This results in a large shortfall of our running costs being covered, so we have to raise at least £15,000 annually to keep the service running.

The running costs include rent of our premises, heating and lighting, cleaning, telephone and other office expenses and the fees of our professional staff which includes the Head of Counselling, Services Manager, Supervisors and Head of Training.

Donations are eligible for Gift Aid income tax refunds. For further information please contact the Services Manager at the address on the Introduction page.

OUR TRUSTEES - WHAT DO THEY DO

Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. The constitution for WCS allows for a minimum of 5 trustees, and a maximum of 7. All trustees within WCS are volunteers. The trustees bring a wealth of experience and expertise with them from a variety of backgrounds.

The Charity Commission set out the role of trustees very clearly in their booklet
CC3 - The Essential Trustee: What you need to know

(
http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Publications/cc3.aspx)

Below are some extracts from that booklet that will hopefully enable the reader to determine the responsibilities of the trustees.

Compliance – Trustees must:

1) Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.

(2) Ensure that the charity complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator; in particular ensure that the charity prepares reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law.

(3) Ensure that the charity does not breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its governing document and that it remains true to the charitable purpose and objects set out there.

(4) Comply with the requirements of other legislation and other regulators (if any) which govern the activities of the charity.

(5) Act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.

Duty of prudence - Trustees must:

(6) Ensure that the charity is and will remain solvent.

(7) Use charitable funds and assets reasonably, and only in furtherance of the charity's objects.

(8) Avoid undertaking activities that might place the charity's endowment, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk.

(9) Take special care when investing the funds of the charity, or borrowing funds for the charity to use.

Duty of care - Trustees must:

(10) Use reasonable care and skill in their work as trustees, using their personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient.

(11) Consider getting external professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to the charity, or where the trustees may be in breach of their duties.


Thanks are given to the Charity Commission for allowing us to reproduce these extracts from CC3

LATEST INFORMATION

LATEST INFORMATION, IMPORTANT DATES AND DETAILS OF UPCOMING EVENTS

WCS AGM
Saturday 23rd November, 10:00-12:00
Wantage Methodist Church Hall, Newbury Street OX12 8DA
The AGM will be followed by a talk from Julian Sharples, Chair of Trustees, The Listening Centre.

USEFUL LINKS

Professional Organisations

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Tel: 0870 443 5252
www.bacp.co.uk


British Psychoanalytic Council
West Hill House, 6 Swains Lane, LONDON, N6 6QS
www.psychoanalytic-council.org


United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
2nd Floor, Edward House, 2 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7LT
Tel: 0870 167 2131 Fax: 0870 167 2133
www.psychotherapy.org.uk

Relate
Herbert Gray College, Little Church Street, RUGBY, Warwickshire CV213AP
Tel: 0845 456 1310
www.relate.org.uk


Charitable Organisations

WITNESS (formally POPAN)
WITNESS: against abuse by health & care workers is the only charity in the UK working exclusively on abuse by health & care workers. WITNESS runs a helpline, a support and advocacy service, provides training and develops new policy approaches to the prevention of abuse

Delta House 175-177 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR
Helpline 08454 500 300 Admin: 020 7939 9920
info@witnessagainstabuse.org.uk
http://www.popan.org.uk


MIND
Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. We work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress by:

a) advancing the views, needs and ambitions of people with mental health problems

b) challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion

c) influencing policy through campaigning and education

d) inspiring the development of quality services which reflect expressed need and diversity

e) achieving equal rights through campaigning and education.

www.mind.org.uk

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

USEFUL NUMBERS FOR OTHER AGENCIES
FOR SUPPORT AND INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE IN THEIR WORK

ADVICE AND INFORMATION

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU, ABINGDON 01235 521894
CAB DIDCOT 01235 813632
THE INDEPENDENT ADVICE CENTRE, WANTAGE 01235 765348
MEDIATION OXFORDSHIRE (COMMUNITY MEDIATION) 01865 776789
OXFORDSHIRE FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICE 01865 741781
OXFORDSHIRE MIND 01865 511702
OXFORDSHIRE MONEY ADVICE PROJECT 01865 244411

CARERS

ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY 01865 876508
CARERS' CENTRE, SOUTH AND VALE 01235 510212

COUNSELLING SUPPORT GROUPS

CRISIS LINE (OXFORDSHIRE MIND) 01865 251152
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE 01865 245398
THE ISIS CENTRE 01865 556648
NORCAP(NATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR COUNSELLING ADOPTEES AND PARENTS
01865 875000
OCIC (OXFORD CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE FOR COUNSELLING) 01865 308889
RELATE OXFORDSHIRE 01865 242960

DAY SERVICES

MIND IN WANTAGE (THE HAVEN) 01235 770411

DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES

SOCIAL SERVICES DRUG AND ALCOHOL TEAM 01865 455634
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 01865 242373
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS HELPLINE 08457 697555
AL-ANON, FAMILY GROUPS UK (24 HOUR HELPLINE) 02074 030888

HOUSING AND HOMELESS

HOUSING SERVICES; VALE OF WHITE HORSE DISTRICT COUNCIL 01235 520202
AGE CONCERN OXFORDSHIRE 01235 849400

YOUNG PEOPLE, CHILDREN & FAMILIES

DIDCOT FAMILY CENTRE 01235 511444
FARINGDON FAMILY CENTRE 01367 242432
HOME START SOUTHERN OXFORDSHIRE 01235 511152

STATUTORY SECTOR PROVISION

VALE OF WHITE HORSE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH TEAM 01235 205447
NEWBURY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES 01635 292020