We are very pleased to announce that Beacon Counselling has been shortlisted for the Best-Not-For-Profit-Organisation at the Stockport Business Awards 2021!
And we are so delighted to have been shortlisted and with two other incredible organisations, Pure Innovations and Signpost for Carers, both doing fantastic work in Stockport ❤❤❤
At Beacon, we believe that everyone should have an equal chance of good emotional well-being. We are a user led organisation, with people with lived experience working throughout the service. We build strong connections with the people, and empower them to continue benefiting from the help we provide in the long term. Our way of working also gives people the tools to deal with challenges in the future, building resilience at the individual level.
We provide affordable and accessible support to anyone who comes to us for help, with specialist support for the most vulnerable groups in our community – children leaving care, children at risk of exploitation, those with severe disabilities, and those who are actively suicidal. We have a track record of reducing levels of stress, anxiety, and depression and of improving relationships at work and at home. In addition, we work with more complex and severe problems including abuse, trauma, domestic violence and complex bereavement.
After a tough year, our successful bid for COVID emergency funding remedied a forecast of closure, and since September, sources have recovered, accompanied by growth in our sought after Workplace Wellbeing and Private Practice services. This enabled us to grow our leadership team and sustain our free counselling service for local residents who are out of work or have a severe disability.
Beacon is now a critical part of the urgent support for the people of Stockport. Our COVID response and recovery work includes the development of new support, delivered through a blended mix of onsite and remote therapy. We are exploring and building partnerships with organisations, particularly to improve mental health for young people, adults at risk of suicide, and people returning to work.
Demand for our services has escalated, and remote support is now a fundamental part of our service. We continue to experiment with innovative means of support so that Beacon can increase its impact for communities across Stockport and GM.
Beacon’s Voluntary Service continues to provide free therapy to 700+ individuals annually to those who cannot otherwise afford it, many individuals of whom are out of work or with a disability.
Our aim is to build resilience in communities by supporting adults, young people and children experiencing mental distress to learn the coping skills they need to move on positively with their lives.