Hope in Tottenham’s borough leading counselling programme received a heartfelt testimonial this month, with a student highlighting how their time in counselling has affected them.
By Omar Alleyne-Lawler, Communications Manager
As the spring term draws to a close, Hope in Tottenham’s Counsellors have been reflecting on the successes of their year so far.
For one counsellor, Jo, their feedback was especially positive. In a handwritten note by their student, the counsellor was described as the ‘best’ and commended for their listening ability and capacity to understand and care for the child.
As the full letter reads. “Dear Jo, thank you for helping me the past nearly two [terms] you have been the best person I have ever spoken to and actually understands the way I feel literally you’ve helped me so much [you’re] the best teacher here well kind of like a teacher. From [redacted, I really appreciate it.”
This latest testimony is one of many collected in the twenty years the programme has run.
Having grown into a programme delivering thirty-one days’ worth of sessions per week, Hope in Tottenham’s Counselling Programme has grown from one school in 2002, to a twenty-seven-school programme in 2022.
Caring for students from a range of learning centres from primary schools to sixth forms, the Counselling Programme cares for students experiencing emotional, social and psychological difficulties.
Around 400 students a year are seen by Hope in Tottenham Counsellors. Initially paired for a term’s worth of care, this can be extended by the school for an additional term. Taking place in face-to-face sessions, Counsellors also engage with entire classes, including teachers as well as families. Working around the student’s timetable, with many Counsellors running drop-in lunchtime services.
Hope in Tottenham is pleased with the progression of the Counselling Programme and is exciting to see it progress further under the Hope in Haringey: Rooted in Tottenham banner.