Spark provides a range of counselling and mentoring services for children, young people and their families in the Epping Forest and surrounding areas. We deliver these services in primary and secondary schools and within the community. We believe in building relationships, coming alongside a young person and their family, inspiring a sense of hope together.
Spark will create opportunities for young people to receive emotional support, whenever it is needed, to enhance their wellbeing.
What we do
Spark Level 5 Diploma
To develop our work with children and young people further, we are launching our Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young people in January 2024. If you are a Level 4 counsellor and are looking for your next professional development opportunity, click Spark Level 5 Diploma for more information.
What is counselling?
Counselling provides a safe and confidential space in which to explore your feelings with a trained professional who will listen to you and help you find ways to deal with emotional issues.
One to one counselling for age 11-23
Our sessions last for approximately 40 minutes with a friendly, trained counsellor. You will be invited to meet us at Spark before your first appointment to ensure you receive the appropriate support.
We are pleased to be listed on the Counselling Directory.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is an opportunity to build a relationship with another person who can be a positive and consistent role model in a young person’s life. A mentor can encourage a young person to make the right life choices and reach their potential.
One to one mentoring for age 11-23
A weekly meeting with a mentor in a relaxed environment. Meetings last approximately 1 hour and are an opportunity to talk through any issues or challenges a young person may be facing.
Counselling and Mentoring in Schools
Our schools work is for children in primary years 5 and 6, and young people in secondary years 7-13.
- One to one counselling on school premises with a qualified and experienced counsellor
- One to one mentoring with trained mentors
- Lunch time drop in sessions
- Group mentoring workshops
- Peer mentor training
We offer family communication sessions, with the aim of promoting positive relationships within the family.
We are always recruiting for volunteer mentors! If you enjoy chatting with and listening to young people aged 11-23 and you have a couple of hours to spare during the day, why not contact us to
find out more? We give full training and ongoing support. We often find that the mentor benefits as much from the relationship as the mentee. Call Hasna on 020 8508 6743.
If you are a trainee level 4 counsellor, have received your fitness to practise from your college and are looking for a placement, please email email@example.com. We offer lots of peer and group support and we are proud to have won the Counsellors’ Together ‘Volunteer Organisation of the Year’ Award in 2022 on account of our ‘family style’ atmosphere and our support for our trainees.
Billy, Spark Mentor, says:
‘Working with Spark as a volunteer mentor has been a great and rewarding experience. The training was excellent and the support has been brilliant. Being a mentor has given me the opportunity to work with young people and offer guidance and support to young people who may need someone to listen to their needs. I would highly recommend working with Spark and becoming a mentor to anyone!’
Other ways of supporting us:
We are a community charity serving young people right here in Epping Forest. We get no statutory funding and rely on grants and donations to keep our service going. If you want to make a difference to young people in your community, there are loads of ways to raise much-needed funds for us so that we can provide more mentoring and counselling sessions for young people who need them. Please head on over to our Enthuse fundraising page for more information.
Want to hold a cake sale or a yard sale to raise money for us? Fancy climbing Everest for us, or running the London Marathon?! We’d be happy to hear from you and would love to help you set up a sponsorship page for Spark! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 020 8508 6743 or pop in to the office to talk to one of our team.
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