So, as the year draws to a close and people greet each other with cards and gifts, we would like all our friends and supporters to know just how much your support means to us here at MCTC. It is only because of your support that we have achieved so much, not only during 2018 but since the inception of MCTC nearly eight years ago – but we’ll focus on 2018 for now.
In many ways, this has been a watershed year of growth and development for the Centre and one in which we have formed a number of new relationships and partnerships as well as continuing with our already established ones. It’s also been a year of new projects.
Back in January, MCTC joined the Business Networking International (BNI) and met a wide variety of business people who have supported the work of the Centre in various ways – eg repair and maintenance work, fund raising, advice and consultancy and regular giving. Unfortunately, after six months, we were unable to fulfil all the requirements of being a member of BNI but, even so, one of the members joined us for the Liverpool Cathedral Abseil (see below) and raised over £700.00 for MCTC. Thank you BNI!
In June, MCTC was delighted and proud to be adopted as the Charity of Choice for Exchange Chambers, an award-winning, full service set of barristers’ chambers in Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, with a proven track record in all major areas of law. Exchange Chambers is one of the largest and most well-resourced Chambers in England and Wales.
Already, the barristers and staff have raised approximately £20,000.00 for MCTC as well as affording us opportunities to meet and form new relationships with other potential partners and supporters.
A HUGE Thank You goes to all at Exchange Chambers who have contributed to this in so many ways.
LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORE’S UNIVERSITY (LJMU)
In 2016, LJMU chose MCTC as one of its four corporate charities and during this year, we have grown and developed our relationship with the university, attending many events, getting to know their student support and HR departments and offering support services for LJMU staff.
LJMU also provided two interns who worked for MCTC for four weeks providing video service and art work for the organisation.
2018 has seen MCTC develop stronger links with Claire House Children’s Hospice where we are now able to support their staff in their incredibly challenging work.
MCTC has already begun work in two Wirral schools and we are in discussions with others as we move forward with our Supporting Each of Our Children project (see below).
BIG LOTTERY FUNDING – SUPPORTING EACH OF OUR CHILDREN
After nearly two years of bid writing and conversations with the Big Lottery Fund, we finally heard that we had been successful in our application for funding for our schools project, ‘Supporting Each of Our Children’. This is an ambitious project reaching out to children in both primary and secondary schools and also to their parents/carers and teachers. The project has a broad remit which includes one to one counselling for children, play therapy and art therapy as well as group work, teaching techniques for anxiety and anger management, supporting teachers who are often over stretched and challenged by the demands of their job and supporting parents and carers with parenting classes, drop in chat forums and more. The idea is that this is a very flexible, wrap around care project that will meet the unique needs of individual schools and of individuals and groups within those schools.
Another exciting element of the project is that it enables us to develop our back garden area into a tranquil place for both adults and children to relax, learn, play and feel safe.
This should be completed by the end of summer 2019.
At MCTC, as with all charities, raising funds to enable us to continue offering a low cost and sometimes no cost, fully professional counselling service, is something we always need to focus on and this year has been no exception.
WIRRAL COASTAL WALK
This year, several of our supporters took part in the Wirral Coastal Walk, raising approximately £2.5K.
LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL ABSEIL
And for the first time, eight people abseiled down the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool raising over £5K for MCTC. For 2019, we have reserved 20 places for this event so if you’d like to have a go, let us know!
EXCHANGE CHAMBERS CHARITY BALL
MCTC were delighted to attend Exchange Chambers’ Charity Ball in November. This included an amazing bottle tombola and an auction of the most generous of donations and gifts including a trip to Las Vegas and a week in a French chateau. During the evening, we were also able to show a poignant video adaptation, created by Andy Duggan (LJMU Intern), of an anonymous testimonial from an MCTC client. If you want to know why we do what we do, this is worth a watch.
MCTC CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
One other auction prize at the Ball was a £250 John Lewis voucher which was won in the auction by Stephen Lickrish of Stephen Lickrish and Associates solicitors who very kindly donated it back to MCTC. So now it has been the Star Prize in our Christmas Raffle and thus earned another £300.00 or so for MCTC!
MERSEYSIDE WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD
As many of you know, in June, I was nominated for this award and won the Women in Business award for Social Impact. I am hugely proud of this because MCTC really has made a significant impact in the Wirral and Merseyside. Our work is recognised by all the local NHS mental health services, probation services, schools, hospitals and many other organisations and individuals and that is only because our therapists provide and amazing professional service within an ethos where the clients always come first (regardless of their ability to pay) and the highest professional and ethical standards are adhered to. Although the award bears my name, I received it on behalf of our dedicated, hard-working team.
THERAPISTS AND STAFF
During 2018, we have said goodbye to Therapists Christina, Jan, Jo and Teresa – We have valued all their work and contributions to the Centre and it was with a heavy heart that we let each of them go. That said, of course they go wih our heartfelt thanks and our best wishes for their own continuing journeys.
And we have been joined by New Therapists, Chris, Ellen, Julie, Lorna, Mary, Nick, Sue and Trevor. We welcome each of them to our growing team and look forward to working together into the future.
As I said, 2018 has been a year of growth for our organisation, so much so that we are now looking to spread the workload by appointing an office manager and fundraiser in the year ahead.
Finally, I know that our entire team will want to join with me in acknowledging the enormous amount of quiet but vital support that Mandy gives to each and all of us and to the Centre as a whole. Mandy opens up the building each morning, prepares the rooms, makes sure the Centre is always clean, warm and tidy, raises funds for us, books clients in for assessments, takes calls, manages the banking, locks up at night and generally does all the things that keep the Centre running efficiently from day to day. Thank you SO much Mandy!
2019 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Do Join us if you can for these events
WIRRAL COASTAL WALK
Sunday 23rd June
LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL ABSEIL
Saturday 10th August
And now, a final Thank You to all our wonderful MCTC Friends and Supporters.
Thank you for believing in MCTC.
Thank You for being part of our MCTC community.
Thank You for all your support, whether that is financial, practical or consists of your good will, good wishes and prayers.
We value each and every one of you and wish you and your families a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a PEACEFUL and FRUITFUL NEW YEAR – whatever it may bring to our country and our communities.
PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE – Please Help MCTC to provide HOPE.