The Nectar Project
To provide the beneficiaries and community a qualified Counsellor through enrolling one of our volunteers who wishes to provide this vital requested as her vocation. We also want to deliver Beneficiary Workshops and our volunteers will undertake courses to understand our large remit of disorders.
July 2013 - December 2014
Charity information: The Butterfly Group
Feedback from those who have accessed our services have indicated that if the charity could offer counselling, training and workshops as part of its portfolio of services it would by widely used and would be of great benefit when sufferers are most in need. In the last 12 months, 96% of people accessing our services felt the counselling service would be very beneficial to sufferers.
The pilot volunteers have just had their 12 month reviews which has indicated the positive impact that the opportunities have had on them personally and in respect of their illnesses all of which have lessened as a result of the opportunities we have provided eg: alternative therapies, consultant referrals, volunteering opportunities and a general feeling of well being and valued.
Provide a qualified counsellor for beneficiaries of immune and auto immune disorders.
Activities» Enrol a valued volunteer on Level 2 and 3 Counselling courses to be completed successful in 2014.
Established by the beneficiary at the beginning of the project and listed in order of priority as a vital service through research and feedback.
Provide volunteers confidence and better understanding of the vast array of our disorders covered.
Activities» Provide a customer care course for 20-30 volunteers to assist with face to face and over the telephone contact for information and support.
» Provide a bespoke Introduction to Immune & Auto Immunity Course so volunteers can grasp some symptoms and long terms problems faced by sufferers.
Through team building sessions, workshops, measure success and alter delivery if required as per the service users.
Provide services to have more active beneficiaries in the community.
Activities» Beneficiary workshops based on an initial 12 month basis providing support & information in a safe and friendly environment, previously not available
» Provide guest speakers, education talks, holistic and alternative medicine data, lectures, social activities and feedback the success of the project.
Through successful management and delivery of Aims 1 & 2 and regular beneficiary inclusion and meetings.
Inform and provide further awareness on the charity's work to those in the medical industry.
Activities» Create awareness campaigns with all local GPs, hospitals, other charities and groups to promote and working together from our data findings.
» Strengthen and promote links and collaborations with the community generally.
Work with the industry and establish and agree measurable targets.
These illnesses can strike at any time and often the person has missed school, passed no exams and therefore have no qualifications. The counselling support and volunteering opportunities being offered allow all those involved to meet their individual needs, boost confidence, gain recognised qualifications and become a more viable prospect in the market place. Again, the development of the project from pure volunteering chances to volunteer leading to formal qualifications has been user led.
An experienced Manager is on hand to ensure that the project is kept on track and meets all outcomes declared which is key to the success of the project work involved. A diverse management and trustee structure we will ensure that the project runs to timescales set and delivered to budget. To ensure user needs are catered for, necessary literature will be produced, tracking and measuring systems put in place to ensure that the beneficiaries have a positive experience.
A list of volunteers will be kept for progress in terms of health, qualifications and skills can be tracked throughout the lifetime of the project. Attendance and feedback sheets, along booking forms for workshops to monitor popularity. Exit questionnaires to utilise the data for future use.
Budget - Project Cost: £5,642Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £593 Course Level 2 Counselling Course inc. resources and consumables £939 Course Level 3 Counselling Course inc.travel and resources £630 Volunteers Course Customer Care £790 In House Course Introduction to Immune & Auto Immunity £2,690 Beneficiary Workshop 12 monthly workshops for support to beneficiaries, volunteers, family/carers
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount The Butterfly Group £1,105 Guaranteed
Primarily for Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde but not exclusively due to the charity being unique in the UK. The health of people in Blackpool is worse than the national average. Deprivation is higher than average and 9,070 children live in poverty based on a population of 140,000 in Blackpool. The town has the highest suicide rate in the UK and ranked in the Top 3 in the UK for mental health issues. The charity is based in the centre of town where access will be easy to those needing it.
1,500 beneficiaries will have better access to the project's information through media and IT sources. 50-100 beneficiaries monthly will have beneficiary workshops and support. 300-400 medically-based institutions will be able to access our support services. 30-60 volunteers in Year 1 and 7 will receive better chances through courses provided and job opportunities. 94% (376) of beneficiaries who asked for the service now have a qualified counsellor for 1-2-1 and counselling clinics.
The project is user led and aims to combat those areas which are not catered for presently by statutory bodies or other organisations. By being informed and directed by the beneficiaries we feel able to develop, expand or amend provision as required. 6 month volunteer reviews indicated the positive impact that the opportunities have had on them, their illnesses all of which have lessened as a result of the opportunities. No training or counselling exists for this specific group of individuals
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Tina Lukacs - Founder & Director
I will be overseeing the project, monitoring and evaluating the success of our work after Dawn has managed the volunteer in her role as Volunteer Lead
Dawn Poleon - Volunteer
Delivery, supervision, feedback and support to the volunteers and eventually our volunteer who will be qualified as a Counsellor to provide support.
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