We recognise that counselling can play a vital role in the process of rebuilding confidence, healing hurts and breaking unhealthy cycles. In 2010, we set up a counselling service for our Freedom Project participants in which they can access free counselling in a safe and confidential environment. Since the service was launched, we have seen over 80 participants access the service and in one way or another, have started to make improvements in their mental well-being and we look forward to watching the service grow in the future.
If you find yourself in need of counselling but you are not eligible to join the Freedom Project, you should be able to find a suitable counsellor within your budget on Counselling Directory; a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.
We are certain that mentoring adds a great deal of value to the Freedom Project and provides a depth of support that would be unachievable without our volunteer mentors. The aim of mentoring is to provide support and encouragement to our participants, in order to help them achieve their self determined goals and ambitions – both within Mustard Tree and in their wider lives. Progression is the key for everyone on the Freedom Project and a weekly connection with a mentor supports the participant to set and achieve SMART goals that ensure progression is taking place.
Alongside our mentoring scheme we also recruit “Skills Mentors” – people who may not have the time to meet with someone for an hour every week, but who are still able to attend Mustard Tree periodically. Skills Mentors have much more of a focus on employability and supporting volunteers who are actively seeking work. They don’t meet with the same mentee each session, but work with a variety of our participants, often linked to our Ready For Work club.