Welcome to The Manna House Counselling Service web-pages.
The mission statement of the Manna House Counselling Service is :
- To provide a well respected Counselling Service easily available to all communities in Northampton and throughout the County of Northamptonshire.
- To provide counsellor training courses to potential counsellors on a local, national and international basis.
- To help and advise, well appropriate, other groups around the country to establish counselling centres.
Since the service opened on 1st June 1985 these have clearly been the goals and thankfully, to some measure, the goals have been achieved. Starting in the basement of the Bookshop with a desk, a telephone, an answering machine, two counselling rooms and one volunteer working one hour a day the service has grown considerably.
Now there is the equivalent of eight part-time paid staff, forty trained volunteer counsellors, a Training Co-ordinator and six trainers, four counselling rooms, a training room, two offices and an annual budget of £150,000 with up to 200 people being seen each month.
In April 2006 we expanded our services to a separate building, 73 St Giles Street, giving us more space to develop our counselling service and training.
The MHCS offers a professionally trained service to people with problems. These problems might include a troubled marriage, a crisis - such as bereavement or redundancy - depression or suicidal feelings, emotional trauma, anxiety, relationship breakdown, eating disorders, abuse, or a personal spiritual problem. Male, female, young, old, people of faith or no faith - all are welcome. The Manna House Counselling Service is affiliated to the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) who are a nationwide umbrella organisation which standardizes counselling activities. For more information, please view their website www.acc-uk.org
Donations towards the work of MHCS can be made via TheBigGive.co.uk
Image Credits: Banner Image: Watercolour by Brenda Cattell