Project information

Adult counselling for the diasadvantaged

To offer one to one counselling to the dissadvantaged people of North Halifax. Working with issues of trauma, abuse, domestic violence, grief, relationship breakdown, and self esteem.

January 2013 - January 2014

Charity information: Noah's Ark Centre Ovenden

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  • Need


    Ovenden has high levels of unemployment and family break-up leading to dysfunctional family life and a prevalence of violence and fear. Three of the areas in the ward are in the most deprived 10% in the UK (on the Index of Multiple Deprivation), a further three are in the worst 11-20%, indicating that “two-thirds of our ward population live in very deprived areas” It has twice the amount of social housing of other local districts; twice the number of lone parents with dependent children; over


    By working with people to help them overcome their personal obstacles. Counselling improves clients internal life, the quality of their family relationships, their effectiveness at work and their ability to engage with a wider social network. Counselling develops self confidence, communication skills, the ability to plan, and raises aspirations. It enables people to achieve in relationships, employment and society.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide one to one counselling for 100 people


    » Employ and adult coordinator to manage 15 volunteer counsellors, manage referals, assess all new clients, and manage appointments.

    What success will look like

    Success will be delivering the service to 100 people from the disadvantaged areas of our ward.

    Aim 2

    Improve the mental health of 100 people


    » Form a team of 15 counsellors to deliver weekly counselling to 100 people, building into our counselling provision as a measure of clinical outcome.

    What success will look like

    Success will be and improvement in the clinical scores of at least 80 of our 100 clients.

  • Impact


    Improvements in family relationships and personal well being, increased ability to access employment, improved social connections This changes will be evidenced through a questionnaire filled in six months and then a year from the end of the counselling work.


    There is a risk that we may not find volunteer counsellors. We have a strong reputation as an excellent placement provider and good links with local colleges and counselling organisations. These relationships mitigate the danger of not finding enough counsellors. We also provide good ongoing training and development opportunities to our counsellors to attract and retain them to the organisation.


    With a six monthly and yearly report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £37,432

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,870 Counselling Coordinator wage 24 hours per week at £14 per hour
      £11,760 professional fees Clinical supervision Training, Insurance, CRB
      £4,313 Building Costs Heat and Light etc
      £2,489 Office Costs Cost of stationary and IT
  • Background


    Ovenden is an Area of North Halifax where there is a high level of deprivation unemployment and poor health.


    Unemployment has doubled in Ovenden in the last four years and is at 13.2% of the economically-activepopulation, compared to 6.9% nationally It has twice the amount of social housing of other local districts; twice the number of lone parents with dependent children; over 70% of all households in Council Tax bands A or B; 40% of households with an annual income below £20,000; and a Standardised Mortality Ratio (SMR) of 150.8, compared to a rate of 100 nationally for under 65's

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a long history of delivering counselling projects in this area, we are well known locally and are highly regarded both by the local population and local statutory and voluntary organisations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Vaughan

    Sarah will coordinate the project, an ex nurse and qualified counsellor with a proven track record of managing projects and counselling volunteers

    Stephanie Crib

    Stephanie is a volunteer counsellor, teacher, and co-founder of social projects with vulnerable groups both locally and internationally.

    Goerge Rohdes

    George is a volunteer counsellor, with extensive experience with the Samaritans, is a trained supervisor and tutors on a various counselling courses

    John Kearney

    John is a trustee of Noah's Ark, a counsellor and counselling supervisor with experience in the voluntary sector.

I have been lucky enough with the help of Noah's Ark to completely change my life.