The team met at the West Lodge Park Hotel in Hadley Wood, Barnet to mark World Mental Health Day. 

Hope in Tottenham’s school Counsellors operating across Haringey were provided with an opportunity to update their skills and learn from Borough officials during a Professional Development Day which coincided with World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2021.

Hosted by HiT Director, Reverend John Wood MBE, the day provided an opportunity for the Counsellors to get to know each other in an informal setting and to discuss common issues related to their work in Haringey.

Currently, the HiT School Counselling Team operates in 26 schools across the borough, delivering 30 days worth of sessions each week to 500 students per year in one to one sessions across the borough.

The Counsellors also got to find out some more about Hope in Tottenham through brief presentations from HiT Co-Chair of Trustees, John Stevenson and HiT Counselling Manager, Caroline Ajuna.

Three invited guests also attended the event: Ann Graham, Director of Children’s Services for Haringey; Tanya Nelson of Haringey charity Sister System, which bridges the gap between care system-affected girls and girls in mainstream society, and Michele Guimarin, Joint Commissioning Manager for Vulnerable Children, NHS Haringey Care Commissioning Group and the London Borough of Haringey.

HiT Director, Rev. John Wood MBE. was delighted with the event saying, “Hope in Tottenham greatly values the work of our school Counsellors and the highly commendable services they have provided in the Borough during the difficult pandemic period. The tranquil setting of the West Park Lodge Hotel provided a wonderful opportunity for us to discuss issues, learn from and listen to each other, and plan for the future.”