An organisation which provides counselling for children and adults has celebrated a major milestone after delivering 10,000 sessions since it opened two years ago.

NWCH, which provides a counselling hub in Lincoln complete with 20 therapists and two pet therapy dogs, marked the landmark with a visit from the County’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

PCC, Marc Jones visited the centre in Crofton Road to hear how the community interest company was expanding to meet demand for its services.

The Hub deals with clients referred from various charities and organisations across Lincolnshire and Humberside and supports people dealing with a variety of issues ranging from drug addiction to cancer.

Staff at the Centre also counsel both victims of crime and help with the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.

“The work NWCH does is vital for helping victims of crime rebuild shattered lives and helps increase the likelihood of ex-offenders reintegrating back into society, reducing the number of victims,” said Mr Jones.

“It’s been fascinating to see the amazing work that goes on here. It’s one crucial piece of a complex jigsaw of services that help our communities remain healthy, feel supported and stay safe.”

NWCH’s Acting Director, Charlie Blackwell said “NWCH has worked tirelessly for two years to forge successful collaborations with as many organisations as possible, and many now refer clients to us, enabling us to provide counselling to the most vulnerable members of society.”

“We have invested heavily in raising awareness of our services and the general public is now much more aware of what we offer.  Week on week, we are seeing increasing numbers of self-referrals with people emailing or calling the Hub directly to request counselling.”

NWCH’s CEO, Naomi Watkins, is currently in Australia and New Zealand researching best practice in Suicide Prevention, having won a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship grant to fund the trip.

Her research findings will feed into Lincolnshire’s first Suicide Prevention Conference, organised by NWCH on World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th September 2019, at the Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln.

Details about the conference are available here and general information about NWCH upcoming events can be found here.