Outreach services in Girton
1 Jun 2018
Village residents are able to access support and advice from both Relate and Citizen's Advice Bureau. GTC fund a CAB outpost in St Vincents Close. Currently residents wishing to visit Relate need to contact their Cambridge City office.Citizens Advice Bureau
Cambridge & District CAB’s outreach advice service is open to anyone, on Wednesdays between 1.00-6.00pm at Girton Community Centre in St Vincent Close.
There the Adviser offers free, impartial, non-judgemental and confidential advice in areas such as housing, employment, relationships and debt and has in-depth specialist knowledge on benefits.
The number of clients seen varies week to week – at the busiest times, six clients can be seen in one day. To ensure you get an appointment, it is best to arrive at 1.00pm.
The CAB service is clearly appreciated as this feedback shows: ‘The advice and support I was given was fantastic and so helpful. I appreciated the time I was given to talk through things and was not rushed’ and ‘It was very hard to ask for help but I was treated with great care, kindness and understanding. I should have done it years ago.’
During the last year, over 250 appointments were made with CAB’s Girton outreach service, helping residents with advice on a range of issues.
You can find out more about outreach services and get advice by visiting the CAB website: http://www.cambridgecab.org.uk/. Also, telephone advice is available on Monday to Friday between 2.00-4.00pm on 03448 487 979.
Relate Cambridge provides relationship counselling for anyone over 18 a new outpost will eventually operate from the William Collyn Community Centre in Wellbrook Way but Relate also delivers family and children’s counselling at Girton Glebe School.
Relate Director Claire Godwood says: “Our main form of counselling is to provide support for individuals and their partners or on their own – you do not have to be married or civil partnered to use our services. We can help if you are having difficulties and want to work them out, if you want to separate, or even if your relationship has ended.
“We also offer MOTs as one-off sessions which are designed to help build new life skills, focusing on such topics such as relationship skills, confidence building and managing conflict.
“It is very rewarding to receive positive feedback such as: “The session was helpful and made me feel more positive about myself’ and ‘Relate is an excellent service and probably saved my marriage and my sanity’.
Help for children
Family and children’s counselling is available at Girton Glebe School on a Tuesday, where the ‘Be A Buddy Scheme’ is now running for a second year. This helps reception children settle into school life with the support of a buddy, trained in using relationship skills by the training team at Relate Cambridge.
The Schools Counsellor for Relate Cambridge and has been working at the School for the last three years and the service has been well used and appreciated by the staff, parents and children.
It is open to all members of a child’s family should they wish to see a Counsellor or there is the opportunity to have telephone conversations with parents when needed.
“And our service is appreciated as this feedback from a parent shows. ‘My daughter was lucky to have the support of a Counsellor in Year 5, while she was going through some difficult friendship issues. It was really helpful having a supportive third party to talk with, who wasn't either a parent or teacher, and who could advise my daughter independently.’
Counselling sessions for individuals and couples are currently available from Relate at Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge. For more information or to book an appointment, contact Relate Cambridge on 01223 357424. More information is available on www.relatecambridge.org.uk