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A £25,000 grant has been awarded to Lincoln family counsellors to help young people whose lives have been blighted by sexual abuse or rape.

The Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub (NWCH) off Crofton Road, which has been awarded the money by the Bromhead Medical Charity, will use it to provide free counselling to more children and young people.

It is hoped that the chance from them to access professional help will allow them to fully explore their traumatic experiences and put them on the road to recovery and a brighter future.

NWCH’s co-founders Naomi Watkins and Alex Parkin said they are delighted to have been given the boost within the first six months of setting up their Community Interest Company and they are excited about making a difference to more young lives.

“We were massively thrilled to receive this grant. It will be used specifically for our Acorn Project. This means many more young people will have the opportunity to benefit from our help and hopefully start to feel better about themselves.

“We will offer these young victims a mix of pet therapy, sand tray therapy, play and counselling to help them to process their emotions, regain their confidence, feel safer and part of their community again,” said Naomi.

Lincolnshire Police recorded 738 sex child offences against young people (up to 18 years old) in the period April 2015 to March 2016 – that was a rise of 23% on the 598 recorded for 2014/2015.

Statistics also revealed 558 of the 738 offences (recorded for April 2015/March 2016) related to youngsters in the 0 to 14-years-old group. Of those, 88 out of a total of 112 were affected by “cyber-enabled” activity.

When looking at the overall statistics, around 50 crimes were perpetrated against children who were not old enough to attend primary school.

NWCH will use this grant to support children and teenagers between four and 18-years-old and will provide a minimum of 12 counselling sessions for each child/young person.

Alex Parkin added: “We were aware that there was a serious gap in free help for children and teenagers, particularly at the younger end of the scale and we knew that we were ideally placed to make a difference to those people’s lives.

“We have a team of 13 counsellors and we anticipate helping about 57 people a year.”

The Bromhead Medical Charity Secretary Steve Taylor said: “The trust was supportive of this application because this project is going to give assistance to children who have undergone traumatic experiences at a very early stage in their lives.

“Increasingly, this support is not available from the State and our Trustees felt it was very important that children, who have gone through dreadful experiences, should receive this counselling to give them the best chance to make the most of the rest of their lives.”

The NWCH also provides training for new and existing counsellors. As a not-for-profit organisation, it ploughs any “profit” from these sessions into a variety of projects to benefit the local community.

The Hub also provides support for both training and qualified counsellors, allowing them to both network and get supervision.

The Hub is having an open day on Tuesday, September 26, from 10am to 4pm.

People are encouraged to drop in and check out the facilities and talk to Naomi and her team about its wide range of services.

We at NWCH calls out for your votes to bag a share of the bag fund with Tesco!

NW Counselling Hub is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects.Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

NWCH is one of the groups on the shortlist.
The Acorn Project will provide FREE Counselling to children and young people who have been victims of sexual abuse.
We could not be more excited that our project has been shortlisted and we are really looking forward to supporting our local community, here in Lincoln with the funds from this amazing Tesco initiative.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £33 million to more than 6,400 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for September and October. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

Look out for us in these stores: LINCOLN 1 Superstore LN5 8HS

This picture was taken on the 1st September at the beginning! We can’t wait to see how full it is at the end! Good luck to the other causes too! All worthy winners!

Please remember to also select us as your community champions for your co-op dividend points!

How to select NW Counselling Hub CIC as your community champion:

  1. Go to
  2. Login to your account (you can click forgotten password/or create account if you don’t have one or can’t remember your login details)
  3. Click on ‘my membership’ at the top right of the page
  4. From the drop-down menu select ‘my account’
    Scroll down the page to a box that says ‘community champions’ bottom right of the page, in that box click ‘view champions’
  5. Click ‘choose your own community champion’
  6. In the search box enter ‘NW Counselling Hub CIC’
  7. Then click on ‘support this champion’

Thank you for all your support – we really appreciate it! And we will update you on the success of these initiatives in future newsletters so watch this space!
Get in touch to find out more

Going from Strength to Strength!

We are now a team of 16! We have had a new Office Manager join us and a new volunteer! Plus more counsellors! We are now supporting over 60 clients! It’s busy here at the Hub!
See below for upcoming events and dates for your diary!
We are excited to have our first Open Day. Please do come and see what NWCH is all about, anytime between 10am-4pm on the 26 September.See the counselling rooms, reception area and the training room. Meet some of the team and the therapy dogs – Toby & Ellie.
Feel free to ask us questions.
Our Open day is free to attend and refreshments will be provided – including cake!

Come on one of our networking/CPD events or workshops – view them all here

Our upcoming Events are:
Tuesday 26 September 10am-4pm – NWCH Open Day
Saturdays 14 & 21 October 10am-4pm  – Working with Children and Young People
Friday 20 October 10am-1pm  – Macmillan & Sophie’s Journey Coffee Morning
Thursday 26 October 6pm-8pm  – Brain Neurobiology & Emotional Regulation
Sunday 12 November  10am-1pm  – Attachment Theory & Clinical Practice
Thursday 16 November  6-8pm  – EFT, Hypnotherapy & Trauma
Sunday 10 December 10am-1pm  – Introduction to Self-HarmAll of our events are bookable on our Eventbrite page which can be found here: