Footsteps Counselling and Care
Footsteps Counselling and Care is a charitable organisation that offers counselling to anyone in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds affected by pregnancy or baby loss. We also support those struggling with post or prenatal depression, a crisis pregnancy and infertility issues.
Counselling can provide a sense of safety in a neutral place with someone who understands, enabling people to safely explore their feelings and emotions around their sadness and grief. This can provide a great sense of release, allowing some healing and the strength to move on. Feeling listened to, understood and accepted can be very powerful and therapeutic.
Research shows that counselling is an effective way of providing help to people who have suffered the devastating loss of a baby or small child. Grief can be profoundly destabilizing and for some people so devastating that it can lead to depression, anxiety, hypertension and substance abuse, social isolation and loneliness as well as the break down of relationships and all the complications that result from that.
Footsteps Counselling and Care is a relatively new small charity but demand for our services is growing more quickly than we had anticipated indicating a great need. Referrals come from bereavement midwives, health visitors, GPs, social workers etc as well as people who self-refer – but we feel that there are many more people who would benefit from the counselling that we offer. In order to sustain and expand our service we need funding and people willing to volunteer or to become a Trustee with useful skills (for fund raising, grant applications, business, marketing, HR, retail) as well as more volunteer counsellors. Trained counsellors working towards full accreditation with the BACP would gain valuable experience by volunteering with Footsteps Counselling and Care. Our basic funding comes from our Charity Shop based in Westgate Street, Gloucester (opposite KFC and next to the Fountain Inn) but we need additional money to comply with the requirements of the BACP.
If the work of Footsteps Counselling and Care resonates with you and you would like to support us in any way please do not hesitate to contact us on 01452 308618, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.footstepscandc.org.uk.