2016 is proving to be a very busy year for Cedar House. If current trends continue, we will have seen more new clients than ever this year. Cedar House offers counselling to approximately 120 different clients, each one offered up to 18 sessions.
Counselling gives opportunity for clients to be heard as long-buried difficulties are brought into the light. Clients with recent traumas and loss can feel very isolated and in darkness. At Cedar House clients are not told what to do, but have the chance to overcome their problems by working through them with their counsellor.
Far from being cold and clinical, Cedar House is described as a calm, friendly and tranquil place. Clients are often surprised to be offered a cup of tea or coffee while they wait in a comfortable room. Most clients and volunteers tell us how different we are to other services they have experienced. We believe this difference is because the presence of the Holy Spirit is at work through us, bringing the light of Christ into the darkness.
Cedar House welcomes trainee counsellors from all over the North West. Students from Southport, Lancaster, Blackburn, as well as from Preston College and UCLan work with us, 24 of them at the last count! We are often told we are one of the best places to do a placement because we are so supportive and well organised.
Cedar House has a wonderful team of volunteer counsellors, client assessors and welcomers, we couldn’t do this work on our very limited income without their dedication.
We are so grateful that Fulwood Free Methodist Church supports us with funding from the Global Partnerships Budget. Thank you for helping us continue this much needed work.