VINE COUNSELLING SERVICES is a charity based in Congresbury offering affordable (donation based) professional counselling to people in the community who need help to cope with anxiety, stress, bereavement, depression, bullying, trauma, loneliness, abuse, family problems. Mental health really matters, especially in these ever changing and challenging times, and we can offer confidential one to one counselling with qualified Counsellors and those on placement through local colleges/universities. We offer both long and short term counselling and our work is guided by the individual needs of each client. We operate in a climate of acceptance and respect and value every person regardless of belief. Privacy and confidentiality is an essential part of what we offer.
FACE TO FACE SERVICE RESUMED 15 SEPTEMBER 2020 WHILST WE ALSO CONTINUE WITH ONLINE APPOINTMENTS
We have all the necessary procedures and PPE in place and were pleased to resume our face to face service this month, as well as continuing with some online services. We have waiting lists for both face to face and online appointments and are committed to offering the maximum number of appointments possible. If you need to talk to someone, please contact us via email, our website or telephone 01934 876377.
FUNDRAISING IS STILL AN ISSUE as we are unable to organise our larger fundraising events which raise alot of money usually to help with our work. If you feel you can help in any way, please go to
Please continue to follow advice given on https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Jo Lawrance Youth Project Manager
Liz Linnitt Director
MENTAL HEALTH and CORONAVIRUS It is clear that protecting our mental health is going to be central to us coping with and recovering from the Coronavirus pandemic - with the psychological and social impacts likely to outlast the physical symptoms of the virus. At Vine Counselling Services we will do all we can to provide the maximum number of counselling appointments to support people in the community. One of our clients has recently emailed after receiving video counselling for a number of weeks - he continues with appointments each week but said in his email, "This service is proving to be a life-line for me as I try to rebuild my mental health ... thank you so much."
Message from Rachel Mason - Patron of Vine, former client and creator of the Unlock Your Talent Festival which recently raised funds for Vine's work.
"I wanted to share a picture I made which reflects how I feel about my mental health before I had counselling from Vine Counselling Services. It felt like I was breaking apart and that pieces of my sanity were falling away leaving me incomplete and afraid that I would never feel whole again. Without the support of Vine Counselling Services I wouldn’t have survived this time and wouldn’t be here today."
We are really excited that Rachel has agreed to be the Patron of the charity and will be working with her on various projects in the coming months.....
Annual General Meeting
To be held on Monday 28th September 2020 at 10.30am
(to request agenda, meeting ID and password email
It can sometimes feel like we are not doing enough but our aim is to use our resources to do as much as we can, whilst planning for the future and expansion of our service. We continue to remember that "Helping one person might not change the whole world but it could change the world for one person". Every individual matters and if you are looking for help, please do not hesitate to call us. Thank you so much. Please contact Liz Linnitt by email on email@example.com.
APPEAL FOR COUNSELLORS TO JOIN THE TEAM:
If you are a qualified Counsellor and feel you could offer a few hours per week on a voluntary basis, we would really love to hear from you. We have a waiting list of clients who need appointments and anticipate an increase in the number of enquiries we will receive in the coming weeks/months. A proportion of your supervision will be covered together with insurance and some training and travel expenses.
EYRES JEWELLERY launches
RAINBOW PIN BROOCH
During lockdown, local handmade jewellery seller Therese Eyres launched a rainbow pin brooch for £4 on her website (including postage). All profits from the sale of these was donated by Therese to our work.
THANK YOU so much Therese for your support. Just click on the link above to get yours!!
Eyres Jewellery are also selling rainbow themed studs.
Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 Cycle Race
THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED by the organisers due to the Coronavirus restrictions but one of our riders, Simon Robertson, is planning a local 100 mile cycle race instead - MORE DETAILS TO COME but thank you Simon!
KERRY'S FAMILY HEAD SHAVE
Kerry, Adam and Soraya raised over £580 for our work by bravely shaving their heads on 10th May 2020!!!
Kerry says "Vine do an amazing job, providing low cost counselling to people in North Somerset who might not otherwise be able to access a counselling service. Like a lot of charities, their funding has dropped since lockdown began and so we want to help in our small way."
Thank you to Kerry, Adam and Soraya from all of the Vine team.
GRANTS FROM QUARTET
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
Vine is pleased to have received financial support from the Quartet Community Foundation - Coronavirus Response Fund and from the National Lottery Community Fund, to help with some of the running costs to enable us to provide a remote counselling service specifically during the Covid-19 pandemic and into the Autumn.
The London Marathon which had been rescheduled for October has now been cancelled but Stuart will be running the 'Virtual London Marathon' instead and also Vine have kept his place for a rescheduled London Marathon in 2021/2. Watch this space for Stuart's fundraising plans for the virtual race in October!
Vine Counselling Services
Situated in Congresbury, and serving individuals across North Somerset, Vine Counselling provides professional and confidential counselling services, based on respect, care and quality. Established in 2007 with a charitable status Vine Counselling offers support and guidance to the local community. Our professionals bring their expertise and their ethos to deliver high quality counselling services in a peaceful and tranquil setting.
From time to time, we all face a crisis or life-changing event, for example through bereavement, redundancy, the breakdown of a relationship, or the onset of serious illness. Also, there are times when life just seems hard and everything is a struggle.
These crises, events and difficult times can lead us to feel loss of hope for our future, anxiety, depression and worthlessness. Vine Counselling have a team of experts who deliver counselling to help people move forward with more confidence and self-belief.
Please look through the pages of our website to learn more about us, the services we can provide and how we can support you.We are experts in delivering counselling on challenges individuals and families face in life including stress, bereavement, anxiety, depression, employment and bullying. Please look through the pages of our website to learn more about us, the services we can provide and how we can support you.
If you decide that you would like to contact us here at Vine Counselling you can be sure of a professional, sympathetic, respectful and complete confidential service.
What others say about Vine Counselling Services
thank you... for everything
"I received counselling over a 6 month period. I found the service very helpful in enabling me to work through many difficult issues including a personal bereavement. Thank you to you and your team for everything"
dignity, respect and kindness
"From the initial assessment through to the completion of my counselling sessions, I was treated with dignity, respect and kindness. I appreciated that there was no time limit on the number of sessions I could attend - I could see my counsellor for as long as was needed. An excellent service, thank you so much for your help".
she really helped me
"The environment at Vine was welcoming, comfortable and reassuring - your receptionists put me at ease and my counsellor was professional and caring. She really helped me."