The second year trainees explain why they have chosen to support The Laura Centre
Following our initial bake-sale fundraising efforts this year at the Psychology Cultures Seminars where we raised £237, we have collectively decided to take on a unique challenge in further support of THE LAURA CENTRE with a truly Wild Wild Test.
The Laura Centre
The death of a child affects many people – family members, surviving siblings, health, educational and emergency service professionals. Over 550-600 people access The Laura Centre annually.
The Laura Centre is located on Tower Street. It was founded in 1989 by Gail and Harry Moore following the death of their daughter at the age of five. The Centre provides dedicated bereavement counselling and support, delivered by professionally trained bereavement counsellors and therapists. The Laura Centre offers a holistic package of support, responding to the individual needs of bereaved parents, children and families. It offers a range of supports, including Family Therapy, EMDR, Specialist CBT, “on-call” Counselling and Bereavement Counselling. In addition, there is a therapeutic walking group once per month; groups for teenagers and young people; holistic therapy comprising aromatherapy and reflexology, and general community events which include memorials and an informal festive service. They also have a designated quiet room.
The Centre offers an “open referral system” whereby referrals can come from any source, provided families are in agreement and it is acceptable to them. The majority of referrals come from the NHS, followed by self-referrals; family or friends; schools or universities; other voluntary sector organisations and social services. The Laura Centre has close links to schools, mental health works and training services.
It needs £500,000 annually to provide a much valued service for children. As a charity, the Centre relies on voluntary donations and does not charge families for the service it provides.
The Wild Wild Test
On the first weekend in October, we, second year trainees, will head to the depths of rural England to survive the wilds. We have all taken on various positions of responsibility with regards to the overall project. We have a new twitter account which Lauren has set up at https://twitter.com/DClinPsy2014 where you can check for updates. The plan is to maintain this twitter account and use it to promote our other events in the future. Mark is our Operational Lead and is overseeing that everything runs smoothly and cracking the whip where necessary! Vicky and Becki are finalising an optimal location. Jack and Carl are Activities Co-Ordinators. They proved to be a really solid duo on the Three Peaks Challenge last year so we are hoping for more of the same this time around. They are currently keeping their plans under wraps but it promises to be interesting!
We have also chosen to support The Laura Centre this year because of its compatibility with our teaching as part of the second year curriculum which, in part, focused on systemic and attachment theory. Towards the latter part of the year the community psychology module also got under way which will continue into third year.
The ‘Wild’ as a metaphor
As trainees on placements within the NHS we are aware of how the NHS benefits from referrals to such charities as The Laura Centre. Many of us on CAMHS placements this year have become aware of The Laura Centre and have realised that there are many charities, which rely on donations to provide support for those most in need. The NHS regularly sign-posts to charitable services such as this that are not available through their own organisation.
Last year on the Three Peaks Challenge, we undertook an endurance test against the elements and fatigue. This year we will take on an endurance test against the elements and fatigue once again but with the extra addition of hunger. We are interested in the transient struggles that this weekend will bring about and their wider meaning through metaphor. We are hoping that living in the wilderness and ‘surviving’ will be an appropriate analogy for the impact of ongoing cuts to public spending and a climate of austerity and uncertainty. As such, it is a time of being ‘out in the wilderness, surviving.’ We remain hopeful for positive change to offset the crisis within the environment in which public and charitable sectors operate. As a cohort we hope that the Wild Wild Test will in some part convey our concern about the prospect of continuing hardships which seem to be experienced by the most vulnerable in our community.
We are interested in the response of others to this use of metaphor and we invite responses to this post with this in mind.
How to donate
Please follow the link below to our sponsorship page which Sonia has set up where you can make a donation.
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Written by Therese on behalf of the 2014-2017 cohort.