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Relationships Scotland-Couple Counselling Argyll’s work has been recognised by two funding organisations allowing an additional counsellor to join their team.
The National Lottery Community Fund and the Crerar Trust have both stepped up to support the organisation which provides relationship counselling the length and breadth of the region.
Manager Carol Collis has welcomed the new addition who will join the current team of four counsellors later in the summer.
‘Our new candidate is a qualified counsellor already and starts the Relationships Scotland specialist year-long course in couple counselling in April,’ she said.
‘She will be mainly supporting our existing North Argyll-based counsellor, although we are all online at the moment, so location doesn’t matter.
‘This funding was made possible thanks to National Lottery players.’
‘We have also been able to purchase IT equipment which has been invaluable for our counsellors who are all working remotely at the moment and providing appointments by telephone and online.’
Couple Counselling Argyll is one of 22 independent member services forming the national federation of Relationships Scotland, offering confidential advice throughout Argyll and the islands since 1978.
In recent months the impact on families due to Covid-19 has saw an increase in stress and anxiety over work and finances, living in changed circumstances, and dealing with isolation.
‘It all takes its toll on how we can cope with our lives and communicate with our partners and families’, added Carol.
‘Uncertainty, and facing dilemmas in what the future may hold for a relationship when the lockdown eases will be faced by many. Our work enables clients to navigate through difficult times. Counselling can be an effective way of improving home lives, raising emotional awareness and in turn preventing relationship and family breakdown.’
National Lottery Community Fund, Scotland chairperson, Kate Still added: ‘In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups.
‘I would like to congratulate Couple Counselling Argyll on their award, theirs is an important project and will support people now and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.’
To find out more about Couple Counselling Argyll visit the website www.argyllcouplecounselling.org or call 0300 111 0031.