Who are we?
National Counsellors’ Day is brought to you by Counsellors Together UK (CTUK). CTUK is an online group whose main aim is to, ‘work together to end the culture and prevalence of unpaid work within our profession.’
Counsellors Together UK was set up by Maria Albertsen in July 2017. She realised that many of her counsellor colleagues were living in poverty. Many were being expected to provide a much needed and often lifesaving counselling service to others while working as volunteers in agencies and organisations across the country. Many counsellors and psychotherapists were struggling financially due to the exploitation they faced when expected to work for free. This issue was highlighted further when Maria posted her concerns on social media. She received over 400 responses from counsellors agreeing that this was a major and complex problem and from this the CTUK group was born.
From ongoing discussions it is apparent to many counsellors that our training, expertise and profession are being widely exploited. What we know is that many counsellors are struggling to survive, to support their families. Some are needing to access local food banks, whilst working for free and hoping that their voluntary work will one day turn into paid work.
CTUK gives therapists a space to discuss these issues. Today we have over 4800 members dedicated to working together to end the prevalent expectation that they will continue to work for free.
Over the last 1.5 years the discussion has continued to grow and we have now evolved into a campaigning group with several goals:
- To challenge the culture and prevalence of the counselling profession being expected to work without being paid.
- To see an end to the routine use of qualified counsellors volunteering to deliver counselling services in organisations and agencies across the country.
- To ensure counsellors are valued and seen worthy of fair remuneration for their work.
- To end the financial hardship and emotional duress suffered by many counsellors who feel they have no choice but to continue to volunteer or work for free, once qualified.
- To campaign and advocate for counselling as a route to emotional and mental well-being in children, young people and adults.
- To publicise the challenges that counsellors face, in order to raise awareness; and influence social, political and economic change; working with and on behalf of our 4200+ members.
The actions we intend to take in order to deliver our goals include:
- Conducting research.
- Lobbying membership bodies.
- Lobbying local and national governmental departments.
- Raising public awareness.
- Collaborating with other counsellors and counselling organisations.
Why a National Counsellors’ Day?
The UKs first ever National Counsellors’ Day will be held at the University of Lincoln on the 22nd June 2019.
Holding a National Counsellors’ Day helps us to raise the profile of the counselling profession. It helps us to raise awareness of what Counsellors do and will hopefully help us to raise awareness of the ongoing struggles we have surrounding employment and hardship. It allows us to bring together Counsellors from around the UK to discuss important issues in the public eye and make plans to address these issues. Secondly, it gives us time together to celebrate each other and the often life saving work that we do, a space to life each other up and support each each other and we do so.
How can you help?
We’re asking you to support National Counsellors’ Day and to help us to change the current culture – to fight for the rights of UK Counsellors and create more paid working opportunities. You can do this by spreading awareness of National Counsellors’ Day and/or making a donations via our GoFund Me campaign here.
By supporting us you will be a big part of helping to make the first ever National Counsellors’ Day happen, giving our campaign a much more public profile. You will be helping us to celebrate Counsellors, to provide a space to hold a conference and awards ceremony, a space to celebrate each other and the work we do. Something which has never happened on such a large scale in the UK before.
Counsellors are people who give their lives to helping save others. They are the unsung heroes often holding up communities and failing statutory services. By donating you are helping us to say thank you.
Want to know more?
If you are a counsellor, psychotherapist or other related professional and are living in the UK; and you would like to become involved then please do join us. You can join our Facebook group here and you can also find us on Twitter.
If you’d like to know more about the specific campaign work we are doing you can read all about this on our website www.ukcounsellors.co.uk, under the Campaign and News pages.
All enquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate the time you have taken to read about our cause and thank you in advance for any donation, no matter how much you give.
Counsellors Together UK