Health SEN member launches crowdfunding initiative

Health SEN member Let’s Talk CIC has launched a crowdfunding campaign to boost the provision of counselling for young people in the Scottish Borders.

Let’s Talk Associates CIC is focussing its efforts on two thematic areas in the coming months: young people’s health and wellbeing, and pet bereavement.

To fund their work around these issues, a crowdfunding target of £5,000 has been set. Let’s Talk will use the money to provide one-to-one counselling for young people, as well as to raise awareness of the service.

A grant of £380 has already been received from Golden Bear Trust. An anonymous £250 donation was also received to kick-start the crowdfunding campaign.

Part of the funding will be used to offer volunteers and staff high-quality CPD training, designed to offer fresh insight and new approaches to their work.

The course builds strength and understanding around listening techniques, as well as how to construct and hold a dialogue with young people.

The 30-hour module builds on the foundation skills of understanding and listening techniques. This involves learning more complex skills of hearing, resulting in a more authentic dialogue. It also explores the core conditions and ethical frameworks that are a crucial part of hearing and listening.

A spokesperson said: “Crowdfunding is a new venture for us and we hope we are realistic with our target.

“In a rural area like the Scottish Borders just finding and getting to support is difficult enough. Transport is difficult, so we aim to meet the young person as close to home as possible, in a safe and comfortable setting, usually a community centre or village hall.

“We know the mainstream services are struggling to respond when needed and can only offer support to those in severe crisis, others are having to wait for the support or do not want to turn to those they know.

“We want to offer a faster response, at the time it is needed for anyone needing it. in a variety of ways, including through social media and face to face.”

To donate to Let’s Talk’s crowdfunding campaign, go to https://chuffed.org/project/time-to-think. The campaign opens on November 1.