Health Association award for counselling service.

Student counsellors at their graduation with Lord Mayor of Bristol Jeff Lovell and Chair of Knowle West Health Association Carol Casey.
Student counsellors at their graduation with Lord Mayor of Bristol Jeff Lovell and Chair of Knowle West Health Association Carol Casey.

Knowle West Health Association has received an award for its free counselling service.

The organisation based at Filwood Broadway won the Tom Bray Award for Endeavour for setting up free placements for counselling students.

Community Development Worker for Knowle West Health Association (KWHA) Rhianan Lowes who helped set up the scheme said: “…We now have seven counsellors who have completed their training placement with KWHA and four regular fully qualified counsellors offering three days a week to the community which is a total of 13 client spaces per week – and still have a waiting list of around 13-15 people…

“The service is free so that people who wouldn’t normally be able to afford long term therapy are able to access it….”

KWHA is in talks with Bristol Mind to expand the service with funding – as it is currently run on a voluntary basis. It also wants to be able to provide further placements for future students.

Counselling sessions are held on Monday, Thursday and Friday at Knowle West Health Association, 49b Filwood Broadway. For more information call 0796 973 7076 or email kwhacounselling@yahoo.com

The organisation is also looking for more volunteer counsellors. Anyone interested should contact Rhianan on 0117 963 9569.