Caring Connections is a registered charity with over 25 years experience supporting vulnerable groups across the Merseyside region. The organisation specialises in the provision of services reducing social isolation and promoting independence including the provision of care, counselling services and community integration activities.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
The organisation has been providing support to individuals affected by bereavement by suicide for 18 months. We run support groups and provide fully funded counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.
In October 2018 we launched ‘The John Paul Project’, supporting veterans with emotional and psychological health problems, which consists of talking therapy support and peer mentoring.
What are your current priorities?
-The expansion of counselling provision for individuals affected by suicide and or with emotional health problems.
– To develop volunteer base for the peer mentoring element of projects.
– To improve the level of suicide awareness within the Knowsley community.
What challenges are you currently facing?
As a charity a key issue is resources, many of our projects are grant dependent however we do work in a social enterprise model for our care provision and re-invest monies to our charitable activities.