New Beacon Counselling centre will provide much needed support for local people – Mark Hunter MP

March 24, 2014 4:46 PM

Mark Hunter, local MP, officially opened Beacon Counselling's new centre at 53 Greek Street last Friday, 21st March, which will provide support for 400 adults each year through counselling and related services.

A grant of almost £300,000 from the Big Lottery Fund will mean that for the next four years people who otherwise might struggle to access counselling due to cost or because they need help sooner than the NHS or other agencies can provide it, will be able to access high quality counselling and therapy in a welcoming and convenient location in Stockport town centre.

Beacon Counselling James Harper Bruce Bissell

James Harper, General Manager, Mark Hunter, MP for Cheadle, and Bruce Bissell, Chair of the Trustees, amongst supporters of Beacon Counselling

Commenting after the event, Mark said:

'It was an honour to be asked to open this new counselling centre. Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund and Beacon Counselling's vision and hard work, this project will improve access to high quality and professional therapy for all those who need it. Having supported Beacon for a number of years from their base in Bramhall, I have no doubt that the staff and volunteers involved in this project will supply local people in difficulties with a vital, and much needed service.'

James Harper, General Manager at Beacon Counselling, added:

'This day is a big day in Beacon's history, as we launch the second centre for the charity to operate from in Stockport. We are proud to receive a grant for £298,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, which enables us to open and staff this centre for the next few years at least.

'This centre will support local adults who experience common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and people who are struggling with the impact of such significant life events as bereavement or family breakdown. This is a big step for Beacon, and thanks to our wonderful team of staff and volunteers, it is one we are ready for.'

Bruce Bissell, Chair of the Trustees of Beacon Counselling, said:

'With a growing need in Stockport for mental health services, the investment by the Big Lottery Fund into Beacon is a great boon for Stockport. It means that waiting times to access effective psychological therapies will reduce and basing the project in the centre improves accessibility to those who need it most.'

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