Young People referred since 2022
Young People referred in 2023
Young People referred in 2024
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The Elliott Holmes Memorial Fund CIC, provides fast, direct access to mental health counselling for young people aged 13-18, living in Gravesham. We utilise the available capacity within the private counselling sector.
Young people can self-referral, choose their own counsellor and offered up to 12 sessions. We collaborate with wellbeing organisations, Leisure centres, Gravesham schools and Kent Police.
Money is raised through a variety of community events, sponsorship, engaging clubs and organisations, as well as grants and donations.
The Elliott Holmes Memorial Fund (EHMF) is a Not-for-Profit, Community Interest Company, run entirely by volunteers.
Based on the National Statistics, 1,200 young people aged between 13-18, living in Gravesham are struggling with their mental health and not accessing the help they need.
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The referral process was very easy, and we were kept up to date all the way through. The counsellors that worked with our students have gone above and beyond to accommodate appointments and times that fit best with our students’ needs.
There have been significant changes in our students, they have learnt some very useful strategies to help them cope. We cannot reiterate enough, how grateful we are for their support.
Thank you Peter and your amazing team.
Your service has been an absolute godsend for my son. We were able to access support very swiftly and smoothly, due to my son, having autism, it was vital, the counsellor understood his needs and how he expresses himself.
The counsellor, has been so calm and collected and allowed my son to verbalise his feelings around, losing his best friend with such ease, I as his parent struggled to get him to rationalise his feelings. She immediately built up a good trusting relationship with him. I was so grateful for this service to become available, it is age-appropriate, local, and accessible.
Thank you for everything you do!
I have suffered with my mental health for many years so seeking help was a really hard thing for me to do as my suffering had become a normality. I was so scared to confide in someone and feared I would be judged. Now having completed my sessions, I feel like a different person. I feel stronger and more optimistic about the future. This has completely changed my life for the better and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
My dad originally suggested I try counselling and I was a bit scared but after the first couple of sessions I felt relaxed and I began to talk. I can honestly say it has helped me loads and my confidence is higher and my anxiety is less
You are not alone, you may feel it but help is available and once you take that first step you will feel so much better for not bottling it up. Speak to someone, don’t suffer alone.
I feel more able to cope since having counselling. My Counsellor was nice and easy to talk to.