What is the initiative?
Who runs it?
CLASP The Carers Centre
Who does it benefit?
Carers over 18 across all client groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
What does it do?
Volunteers with counselling skills give carers access to counselling and emotional support.
When did it start?
Why was it started?
A person with a background in counselling came to volunteer at CLASP and offered to put these skills to use to benefit carers. The service was popular and further volunteers were recruited.
What are the aims and objectives?
- To help carers understand and take control of issues in their lives
- To provide emotional support
How is it funded?
CLASP employs a Fundraiser who works hard to secure funds for this service - as well as CLASP’s other projects – through corporate fundraising, charitable trusts and events such as the London Marathon.
What has it achieved?
Last year CLASP provided 900 hours of counselling to carers. Many of these carers have gone from feeling extremely distressed to being more hopeful with a stronger sense of purpose and a better ability to cope.
Several carers who were previously unknown to CLASP have come forward for counselling and have subsequently been connected with CLASP’s other services.
Setting up a project like this?