Your support is changing lives for the better, in a way you may have never imagined – through Visionwest’s school counselling programme.
For some time, Visionwest Counselling and Wellbeing Centre has been a provider of the Your Choice DHB Counselling Programme for 12 – 24-year-olds.
More recently, the Centre has been contracted to provide one-on-one and group counselling sessions for children in our local primary and intermediate schools. The need for these sessions increased over COVID lockdown times as many children grappled with the uncertainty of those events.
Your generosity means we have been able to employ counsellors who specialise in working with children and fulfil this contract in a number of local schools.
One of our senior counsellors, shared some feedback* she received from the mother of a child who is part of the programme.
“Recently, during an online session, I was speaking to the mother of a young child with a learning challenge who I’ve been meeting with. After hearing about some of the skills that the child had learned with me, the mum responded enthusiastically saying, ‘I didn’t know that’s what he was learning in counselling. I wondered why he was suddenly being so patient at home.
This feedback meant a lot to me. It’s great to make a difference in these families and to see young lives transformed.”
Thank you so much for your aroha and generosity. Your gifts touch so many lives.
*Meeting the needs of people who come to Visionwest for help with compassion, dignity, and manaakitanga is our top priority. We understand it is a great privilege when someone shares the story of their personal journey with us, so always seek their permission before sharing their story with others.