A CHARITY is appealing for help to provide counselling for those who can’t afford it.
Chichester Counselling Services, based in Little London, has been serving the community for 30 years.
But increased financial pressure on the charity means it is appealing for donations to keep providing sessions for those in need.
“We need to raise a bursary fund for people who really need our services,” said Wendy Evans, chief executive of the charity.
An hour-long session would normally cost around £45. But instead, Chichester Counselling Services asks clients to make a contribution.
“It varies enormously,” said Mrs Evans.
“We are seeing more and more down the £5 route than the £45.
“To provide counselling for someone who is financially disadvantaged and who cannot afford a contribution, we need about £300 based on the cost of a typical number of sessions required. We are aiming to raise £60,000 annually or more if possible.”
The service deals with a range of issues and works with other centres in the area to provide the right support.
“We are a very small charity, but we want to appeal to the local community for help,” said Mrs Evans.
More than 50 volunteers work for the service. Call the charity on 01243 789200.