This is a challenging time for everyone at the moment, including charities like Listening Ear.  Since the country went into lockdown our staff and counsellors have been working from home, ensuring we continue to provide counselling for children, young people and adults as well as support for those who have been affected by suicide through our Amparo service.  Alongside this, our services have recently expanded: Amparo is now delivered across the whole of Cheshire & Merseyside, Lancashire, South Yorkshire and Suffolk, and we’ve launched a new bereavement support service for people in South Yorks and Bassetlaw who have been bereaved during the coronavirus pandemic.  This new service isn’t a counselling service, but instead provides a ‘listening ear’ and practical advice and support during this difficult period, delivered by trained counsellors.

Delivering these services over the phone, instead of face to face, involves new challenges – including having secure and confidential ways to communicate. We’ve had to invest in new technology and telecomms to make this happen and are in the process of recruiting new staff to support the work.

We’re very grateful to have received financial support from LCR Cares and the Steve Morgan Foundation to help with this work.  At the same time, our fundraising efforts have been made more difficult with the lockdown, so we were incredibly pleased to receive today a donation of £2000 from our Charity Ambassador Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Andrew Pozzi as part of their 2.6 Challenge, which asks people to make donations to charities who have missed out because the London marathon was cancelled.

Thank you all so much for your support!

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