The future of Westmeria


Westmeria has grown beyond all recognition since its inception in 2003. From one person working in a room attached to a larger office we now have 3 dedicated counselling rooms that we are proud to work from, an experienced staff team and many loyal and committed volunteers, without whom we would not be able to operate to the high standard that we do. We reach people from across the borough and beyond through one to one counselling, group work and now training – creating the next generation of counsellors. We plan to build on this successful service and to add to it as, hopefully, our funding increases. In recent years we have had a number exciting developments with creating a private arm to the service, a counselling college and introducing holistic therapies into the service.

We are constantly looking at new ways to develop the service in order to respond to the mental health needs of the community and our vision is always ambitious. We have an abundance of new ideas, but not quite enough hours in the day or money in the bank! However we remain devoted to growing and passionate about our work so as and when change is possible we will adapt accordingly.


Group Work

In the future we would like to see our group work increase. We have run the Tools for Life for many years and will continue to do so as the need arises, but we are also keen to run self-help groups, support groups for the elderly, post-natal depression groups, the list goes on. If any of these may be of interest to you please register your interest and will keep you updated.


Unfortunately our main barrier is finances but we are working on this all the time through developing partnerships, holding fundraising events and making funding applications. We have a good standing in the community and are well respected by GPs and other organisations, but we would also like to see Corporate Partnerships developing to offer two way support.

Should you be interested in how we could help your company at the same time as helping us to make a difference in the community then please do not hesitate to be in touch as we would love to speak to you. We would welcome one off donations through making us your chosen charity for fundraising events, sponsorship at one of our many events or longer term support through a counselling contract to support the mental health needs of your employees. Please get in touch s.doughty@westmeriacounselling.co.uk