The CLEAR Annual General Meeting 2021 is at 6-30pm on 21st September 2021 in Truro.
Booking is essential so we can send you the Zoom link.
We are deeply saddened that our friend and colleague Judith Warren passed away suddenly on 2nd August 2021. Judith was a huge part of CLEAR, and before that of CRASAC. At CLEAR she was a clinical supervisor for our Children & Young People Service, Adult Service and Diploma Students. Judith was highly qualified, hugely experienced and brought many years of professional practice and understanding to her role. She was looking forward to joining our Board of Trustees towards the end of the year. Most of all she was a trusted, valued and much loved colleague and we will miss her so much.
Judith was beloved wife to Philip for 50 years, loving Mum to Nick and Becky, Mum in law to Sam and Rodger and devoted Nana to Will, Órla and Rory, sister to Terry and sister-in-law to Sue.
She was a loved and respected Trustee and Elder of the Quaker family at Come to Good and in Cornwall. Judith also played a significant role within the Truro Diocese.
Sue Brown, Chair of Trustees CLEAR said: “This is such very sad news. Judith was such an important part of CLEAR and before that CRASAC. Judith will be greatly missed by us all - her kindness and professional wisdom were always valued by us all. Our thoughts are with her family and friends and with love and gratitude for all her work.”
The funeral was held at Treswithian Downs Crematorium on Monday 23rd August. Donations to CLEAR, Emotional Trauma and Therapy Specialists in Cornwall.
After serious consideration, we regret to announce that we have placed a temporary pause on referrals into our adult service for victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse. We are experiencing unprecedented levels of demand and have more adults waiting for support than ever before. Our team of over 40 counsellors and therapists are working at full capacity. We therefore need to focus on building capacity and supporting the people who are currently in our service and on the waiting list in order to prevent further service overwhelm.
We understand that this decision may have an impact on wellbeing and we apologise for this. We will re-open for referrals as soon as we can and will review the situation at the end of September when an update will be given on our website.
We currently have more than 200 adults on the waitlist and are receiving new referrals every day and we are currently at full capacity with counsellors. The numbers waiting mean that we would be committing funds for 2022-23, if we continued to accept referrals, and as yet we don’t know the total level of funding we will receive next year. We are therefore focussing on adult clients currently in service and on the current waiting list. And we are building our counselling capacity through the use of experienced clinical placements and we will continue to advertise for additional sessional counsellors.
Carolyn Webster, CLEAR CEO said: “It feels like a heavy weight having to make this decision but we are in danger of becoming overwhelmed by demand and we need to make sure that we can continue to deliver to our usual high standards for our current clients. We will review the decision at the end of September with a view to setting a date to re-open for self-referrals only.”
30 Sepember 2021 Update
Adult referrals remain paused - this situation will be reviewed at the end of October.
5 November 2021 Update
From 15 November Adult Referrals will re-open for self referrals. However all referrals will be kept under constant review as we balance demand with capacity. This means that we are unable to take referrals from third parties such as GPs and community groups. The current wait time is about 6 months. (Our current funding from the Ministry of Justice supports people who have been affected by rape and sexual abuse at any point in their lifetime. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner provide funding for victims of traumatic crime. Cornwall Council provides funding for people who are considered Clinically Extremely Vulnerable as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.)
Inside Out West Cornwall spent the end of June and the start of July at allotments in Connor Downs. The team helped tidy up the communal spaces and prepare an overgrown allotment for growing fruit and vegetables. Work at the allotment has resulted in waste metal recycled; disused wood burnt and the ash made available for use as a fertiliser for fruit crops, and the team also signposted an allotment holder to the Wildlife Trust for help in relocating a hedgehog family!
Craig Little, from project partner Rebuild Southwest, said: “The team have helped make a real difference at the allotment for the allotment users and the wildlife – hopefully we will be back later in the year to tend an allotment of our own! ”
Inside Out West Cornwall supports people who are not working. The project reaches out to people whose mental health and emotional wellbeing has taken a knock during the pandemic and helps them to get back on track and into training and work.
Inside Out West Cornwall is funded by the European Social Fund (through Community Led Local Development managed by Cornwall Development Company), Cornwall Council and the project partners themselves.
Led by local charity CLEAR, alongside Rebuild Southwest, Inside Out West Cornwall provides provide a mix of online (Inside) and community based (Out) support and activities to help people feel safe about reconnecting with their community, rebuild confidence, motivation and emotional resilience, and provide routes into work and training. It is unique in that it combines trauma-informed therapeutic approaches with practical, enjoyable, community-based activities, such as the re-vamp of the allotments in Connor Downs. The CHAOS Group also supports the project through vocational training and volunteer placements.
More information about Inside Out is available here
The Garfield Weston Foundation have awarded CLEAR a one year grant of £15,000 to help with core costs of running the charity
The Garfield Weston Foundation, established in 1958, is a family-founded, grant-making charity which supports causes across the UK and gave over £88million last year. It has donated well over £1billion to charities since it was established. It has a a preference for charities directly delivering services and activities for people in need, and in the Welfare, Youth and Community sectors.
Sue Brown, CLEAR Chair of Trustees said: “A big thank you to the Garfield Weston Foundation – the last year has proved very challenging in terms of fund raising and this grant really helps. This announcement comes at an important time for the charity – we regularly have demand that exceeds our resources but as we move to relaxing from the Covid related lockdown this demand is growing even higher. This support from the Garfield Weston Foundation will help us with the core costs of the charity that underpin our support for children and adults healing from abuse or other emotional trauma.”
More information about the Garfield Weston Foundation can be found here. https://garfieldweston.org/