Bereavement Counselling: The Barbara Bettle Foundation
Caring Connections originally set up the Barbara Bettle Foundation (BBF) in 2017, now commonly known as our Bereavement Counselling Service or referred to as the Service throughout this proposal. The Service was set up in memory of Knowsley resident Barbara Bettle who lost her life to suicide in 2015. Barbara was a lovely person with a loving family, daughter and friends. She was in full time employment, a member of various volunteer organisations and was a massive Evertonian; it was never expected that she would take her own life. The impact of her death had devastating impact on all those who knew her, all equally sharing the shock that something like this would happen to Barbara. Barbara’s case is similar to many as people are left in total shock and having to adapt to a world without that person.
The Service currently has four professionally qualified counsellors who provide 1-on-1 support to those bereaved in a safe, confidential, and therapeutic environment. Two full time, 2 part time. Our counsellors utilise various types of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioural, Person-Centred and Psychodynamic approaches. All counsellors must have a minimum of Level 4 Diploma in Counselling with an approved course provider. Using the professional knowledge and experience of our counsellors, we develop the most appropriate therapeutic approach for everyone we see and work towards several positive outcomes.
Our bereavement counselling is over seen by our Chief Executive and is responsible for promoting the Service with local stakeholders and evaluating its effectiveness.
We work closely with local Northwest councils, local Public Health bodies, GP practices, social prescribing teams, Citizen Advice bureaux and other local charitable partners to build referral processes.
Our organisation is a member of the BACP / National Counselling Service as well as affiliated with a number of national suicide prevention organisations.
All counselling is provided fully funded, telephone based at a time that suits the individual.
If you would like support please contact us on 01512892761