SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO YOU
Making A Difference
Forever Ahead Community offers counselling and recovery support services, available to all within West Essex & East Herts. We do ask for a donation for counselling (suggested donation £10), with sessions fully funded if you are receiving benefits. We also work with other agencies and charities within the community to deliver full support for our clients.
We will provide unlimited counselling (usually around 9-12 months on average) without the need for extensive referral procedures, for as long as the service is needed, as jointly assessed by the client, counsellor and clinical supervisor.
Our Recovery Community Groups are delivered in various locations and offer peer support, led by a facilitator. Groups include a Recovery Group, Women's Group, Creative Well-being and drop in and are available in person or on the digital platform Zoom.
We believe in an integrated approach and liaise with GPs, hospitals, community mental health teams, charities and other statutory funded agencies to ensure that the quality of a client’s care is maintained and that they have the highest possible chance of long term recovery.
What We Offer
We work to support individuals, families and carers affected by a variety of mental health and well-being issues
We support our clients to make positive lasting change by easy to access counselling and address the issues which have affected their well-being
We want to help build communities which support people to realise their own self-worth and become active and contributing members of their communities
Key Working for clients is available if you need additional support in certain aspects of your life. Accessing counselling before you are ready can cause more harm than good, so we will work with you, in whatever capacity we need to - and at times with other charities, organisations and agencies beforehand, to ensure that you are in the right place at the right time for the right support. When you are ready to start counselling, you will do so in a safe environment and in a safe manner.
As part of your support and treatment programme to make sure you are getting the most out of your counselling support, you will have weekly counselling, with a 12-weekly review session built in with your counsellor to monitor progress, identify goals, discuss areas for development or work towards a mutually agreed ending. Sessions in general will always include harm minimisation, goal setting, problem solving and recovery planning.
We ask for a (suggested) donation of £10 for counselling, with sessions fully funded if you are receiving benefits, to ensure that the quality of our services can be maintained.
All of our counsellors receive clinical supervision in line with BACP guidelines.
We will run a range of structured groups with the aim of educating and enabling you as well as providing a mutual peer support network to help you resolve issues as and when they pop up. Group facilitators will have specific training to deliver specific groups, targeting issues that affect our mental health such as: bereavement, trauma, abuse, anxiety, self-esteem, addictions (and we know there are many) debt management, housing and social integration. (If more specific groups become identified, we would create groups to cater for those needs as well as bring in experts from within the Community to deliver services.)
Structured Groups will include:
- Parenting Classes
- Self Esteem Group
- Stress, Anxiety & Anger Management
THE RECOVERY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS
Your recovery journey starts from the moment you lift the phone to us - therefore, recovery support will be available for you in conjunction with your treatment. Together with your counsellor or key worker, you can pick and choose which support groups you wish to access. These recovery support groups offer further peer support and will provide a range of recovery focused activities, such as:
- Access to volunteering opportunities
- Skills and employment support
- Greater range of peer support and facilitator led groups
- Cooking classes and a focus on healthier diets/lifestyles
- Therapeutic Arts & Crafts
Many more recovery support groups can be set up where there is demand and interest!