One of the things I planned to do when I started to work independently was to work “pro bono” for a local voluntary organisation. I had originally hoped to do this with Leicester Family Action and I had a number of discussions with them about that. Unfortunately they weren’t able to make use of my offer for a number of internal reasons.
I then contacted David Brindley who runs New Dawn Family Support Service. He responded quickly and I am now a fully fledged New Dawn therapist, starting to work with a number of families and looking to offer some systemic training to my colleagues in the organisation.
This is from their website:
New Dawn are a small charity working in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. We provide a family counselling service to help families who have special difficulties in their lives. The family may have a child, young person or adult family member whose health and well being are affected by a condition that maybe life-limiting, life-threatening or life-long, and the condition impacts on the family.
New Dawn help many families through family counselling. We seek to work with whole families and individuals and it may be that counselling with New Dawn will provide the best help for you.
Just get in touch by ‘phone or e-mail or letter, and we will try to meet you to talk things over. We usually suggest that we visit you at home to make it easier for you.
In your family, or in a family that you know, is there a child or young person (may be more than one) living with a condition that affects their health and well being? It may be that an adult in the family has the condition. We encounter many different conditions – see our conditions encountered
Whether the condition is life threatening or not, nevertheless it has a profound influence on the whole family. The diagnosis and treatment of the condition calls for the intervention of professionals from a variety of agencies. Your calendar becomes dominated by appointments, clinics and consultations.
Each day is punctuated by a routine of medication or exercises and journeys between school or nursery and home. Someone in the family has the job of the principal carer.
Relationships within the family may become strained. Other children may feel left out – confused. Everyone feels exhausted. The condition demands so much from everyone.
At New Dawn we help many families through family counselling. We seek to work with whole families and individuals who are challenged by a situation such as this.