Local Organisation and Community Support for Kernos

The recognition and support Kernos continues to receive from local organisations and individual members of the local community, raises the spirits for everyone involved with the Centre – Counsellors and clients alike – which is why we want to thank everyone for all the support we’ve received recently.

The support comes in various forms, both practical and financial.

Paul May and the decorators

For example, the counselling rooms in the Centre in Friar Street had, over time, become very shabby and were badly in need of decorating. When Paul May, a local painter and decorator, heard about this he did not hesitate – he volunteered to come to the Centre and carry out some complimentary remedial work, and also do it on a weekend so as not to interfere with clients’ counselling…

Paul and his decorating team

Paul not only gave his time and expertise for free, but also provided the paint and the tools required – while some Kernos Counsellors also volunteered to help paint the rooms, under his supervision, on both the Saturday and Sunday.

The Reception Area and all the counselling rooms, where weekly sessions to help people of all ages with their health and wellbeing take place, were completely refurbished and now provide a much more pleasant counselling environment. Everyone at Kernos, including the Centre’s counselling clients, would like to thank Paul for his very generous practical support – it has made a world of difference.

In terms of financial support, during the past year we have received very welcome unrestricted funding from: Prolog (£345); PayPal Just Giving (£50); Chilton Parish Council (£50); Acton Parish Council (£100); Ridgeons (£50 from a sale of bacon rolls!); Sudbury Municipal Charities (£300); Sudbury Town Council (£1500); Clare Town Council (£200); Great Waldingfield Parish Council (£250); St Mary’s, Wissington (£300); Stephen Walters and Sons (Sudbury Silk Mills) (£150); Grey Matter (£230); Co-op Charity Car Wash (£160) and various individual donations (a total of £455).

We have also received restricted funding (provided for specific categories of clients) from, amongst others: Cornard Parish Council (£800) for Cornard residents; St Edmunds Trust (£12,000 ) and Suffolk Community Foundation (a total of £9,000) to take on clients who have been waiting for some time for support; Colchester Catalyst Fund (£2475) for GP referrals for clients from the CO10 area; The Pargiter Fund (£5700) via Suffolk Community Foundation for people over 65 (of which 10% can be over 60); Babergh District Council (£3,600) for Babergh residents.

Chris Boatwright, Kernos Clinical Director said: “Since we opened 16 years ago, the Kernos Centre has provided counselling for over 3,900 local people, aged between 5 and 93 years old. I do believe that we are the ‘net beneath the net’ for so many vulnerable people in the local community. As such, funding is continually required to allow us to deliver on our unique promise – to ensure that those most in need receive appropriate, effective and ongoing help, regardless of their resources, for as long as is clinically required”.

You could also help Kernos deliver on its unique promise by providing ‘unrestricted’ funding directly – this can be done either by:

1) sending a cheque, made out to ‘Kernos Centre‘, to The Kernos Centre, 32-34 Friars Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AG

or:

2) clicking on the ‘Donate Now’ button at the top of the this page, and following the instructions.

If you are a taxpayer, your contribution could also be eligible for Gift Aid – which means that every £10 contributed is worth £12.50 to us. For a Gift Aid Declaration form, please contact us – either at the above address or by e-mail at admin@kernos.org