Gloucestershire charity TIC+, providing free counselling for children, young people and their families, expand their Family Counselling service thanks to funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, in their 25th anniversary year.

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Since 1994, TIC+ has offered the opportunity for Gloucestershire-based young people, aged 9-21, and their families to talk to a counsellor about anything that’s worrying them, working together to find better ways to cope. A quarter-century later, TIC+ offers innovative face-to-face and online mental health services that children and young people can easily and independently access, giving them the early help they need.

Launched in 2017, TIC+ also has a Family Counselling team that runs Family Counselling sessions, free of charge from their office in central Gloucester.

Judith Bell, Director of Counselling at TIC+ explains:

“Families can feel cut adrift when a child has poor mental health and they don’t know where to turn for support. The aim of the TIC+ family counselling service is to counter the isolation that families can feel, the sense that they are fighting for their child and for their family alone”.

TIC+ family counsellors don’t judge or take sides. They encourage each family member to share their thoughts and feelings, and help the family to resolve their difficulties and find a way forward.

When asked about the impact of counselling on family life, a dad who, with his family, recently attended Family Counselling sessions said:

“Just being able to talk and not be judged about any of our problems. Everything the service provides is fantastic. I would like to say a massive thank you to Sharon for saving our family”

Thanks to a recent award from the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, TIC+ will be able to help an additional 40 families over the next twelve months.

Julie Taylor and Sharon Meredith, Family Counsellors at TIC+, describe the impact the award will have:

“As a team we are thrilled to be awarded this money from Postcode Community Trust. It will give more families a valuable space to explore challenges with communication and ensure that all members of the family are heard, and understood; sessions can be enlightening, for parents and young people.  It is a privilege to be part of the work that brings families closer together.” If you think your family could benefit from Family Counselling with TIC+ and would like to find out more, please visit