£75k funding bid win for Lincoln counselling hub

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Counsellors in Lincoln are celebrating three successful funding bids – adding a boost of nearly £75,000 for the Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub (NWCH).

NWCH has scooped its first National Lottery win and further financial help from The Bromhead Medical Trust and The Key Fund, helping it to continue supporting hundreds of children, young people and adults across Lincolnshire.

It’s great news for Chief Executive Officer Naomi Watkins and fellow co-founder and Director Alex Parkin, fellow non-executive directors and the 20 specialist counsellors now working out of the Hub.

NWCH receives referrals from charity organisations, schools, Macmillan nurses, GPs, drug and alcohol services, the Probation Service, and other medical professionals.

Increasing demand for its counselling services has seen the Community Interest Company (CIC) already expand to have six counselling rooms and lease a second building, to offer sector training and Continuous Professional Development courses for counsellors and the general public.

The team is now keen to offer its help to more people across Lincolnshire and beyond.

Naomi Watkins said: “We are absolutely over the moon with our triple success. Since we opened our doors 18 months ago, more than 600 clients have been referred to us.

“In addition to the National Lottery Award, we have been given nearly £25,000 by The Bromhead Medical Trust and a massive £40,000 by The Key Fund.

“Together, they reflect major organisation’s belief in us and our determination to continue helping existing and new clients.

“The National Lottery Fund money will allow us to help children and young adults between the ages of four and 25-years-old, who have been the victims of rape and other sexual abuse, through our year-long Snowdrop Project.”