Coronavirus update from The Green House

29 June 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak has affected all of us and like many charities The Green House had to temporarily close our building and pause all face-to-face services. Our teams have been working really hard to offer remote counselling and support sessions during this time and we’re glad the feedback has been generally very positive.

As the coronavirus restrictions change we have been paying close attention to the latest government guidance and giving careful thought to how we can adapt the ways we work to best support the health, safety and wellbeing of our clients and staff.

From Monday 29th June we will begin a gradual reopening of our therapy centre. We have carried out a thorough risk assessment of our premises and we are doing everything we can to make our building as safe as possible. However, the precautions needed to adhere to government guidelines means our capacity for face-to-face sessions will be very limited for the foreseeable future and all visitors will be pre-arranged by appointment only.

As a first step, from the week commencing 29th June our Children and Young People’s Service will begin offering some face-to-face therapy sessions for clients already in the service. For the time being our Adults Counselling Service will continue to offer remote counselling online or by telephone.

Given the unprecedented circumstances and the pressures on our small team, both our Adults Counselling Service and Children and Young People’s Service waiting lists remain closed for the time being. If you are a client who had signed up for counselling in either service, or you made a referral for a child or young person, before the 20th March 2020 please be assured that we have your details and you will still be on our waiting list. We will update this page when we are in a position to re-open to new referrals but please be aware that both our services have had an 18 month-2 year waiting list to begin therapy.

We appreciate this is a very difficult time for many and for immediate support and information there are a range of helplines and support services that may be helpful. Visit our Other Services page for more details of these.

We remain wholeheartedly committed to supporting people affected by rape and sexual abuse and our dedicated staff team will continue doing all we can in these challenging times.


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