Mission Statement

As defined in our charitable objectives Sunderland Counselling Services exists to relieve suffering and distress and to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of people living, working or studying in the City of Sunderland through the provision of accessible and appropriate counselling and support services.
We have referred to the guidance contained in the Charity Commission’s general guidance on public benefit when reviewing our aims and objectives and in planning our future activities.

Objectives

In pursuance of this mission Sunderland Counselling Services exists to:

  • Promote and improve mental health and emotional wellbeing for all adults in the City of Sunderland.
  • Provide services which assist in relieving suffering from emotional and / or mental distress.
  • Improve the lives of women who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual violence in childhood and adulthood.
  • Improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of adults with life limiting illness and their families or carers.
  • Promote and improve positive mental health and emotional wellbeing for children and young people in the City of Sunderland.
  • Enable and empower users of our service to live independently in the community as valued citizens.
  • Maintain and develop a professional workforce.
  • Maintain services that meet the needs of our clients.
  • Work in partnership with other services in the statutory and voluntary sectors.
  • Work to provide any other relevant and related service for which there is a genuine demand and inadequate provision.


In working to achieve these aims Sunderland Counselling Services currently provides the following services:

  • Adult (Core) Counselling Service: provides individual counselling to adults living, working or studying within the City of Sunderland who are suffering emotional or mental distress.  Also provides a bereavement support group.
  • Women’s Service: provides individual counselling to women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or sexual violence in adulthood.
  • Caring Together Making a Difference: a palliative care counselling service providing individual time limited counselling for adults with life limiting illnesses and for their families and carers.
  • Community CAMHS Counselling Service: provides individual counselling to children and young people.
  • GP / Primary Care Counselling Service: providing individual time limited counselling in GP surgeries.
  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT): Known as the Sunderland Primary Care & Wellbeing Service. We are one of four partner organisations delivering Sunderland’s IAPT service, providing a stepped care model of interventions for people suffering from anxiety and depression.
  • Supervision and Professional Development: the service provides placement and volunteering opportunities and provides clinical counselling supervision, training and professional development to its staff and volunteers.