Tue 19 Apr, 2016

Mothertongue Press Release

Information Regarding the Future of Mothertongue Multi-Ethnic Counselling Service

We wish to communicate with all our referrers, beneficiaries, friends and supporters that Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service has decided to complete its work in 2018.
We are communicating about this now so that people have 2 years to digest the information and to make any preparations necessary.
With two years' notice we hope that you will appreciate that this is a considered decision and not a reaction to circumstances. A need for services will never end but we feel that we have amassed enough evidence, gathered and documented enough knowledge, from the 3,000 clients we have supported, for others to develop the work.
We aim, by the time Mothertongue ends, to have been able to integrate much of this knowledge into the local NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service. We believe it is important for the mainstream, statutory services to provide an appropriate and adequate service to people from black and minority ethnic communities. This has always been our aim and we feel that now is the time to put this plan of integration into action.
By March 31st 2018 when we close, we will have received 18 years of funding, some of which has come from the statutory services, and we are very grateful for this. We have had 4 major grants from the Big Lottery Fund. This has meant that we have been able to maintain our independence to be able to respond to need, to take calculated risks and to innovate service.
There are still two years until we close so please do use us to the maximum. By continuing to refer to us you will also be helping us to build up our evidence and knowledge. We look forward to working with you over the next two years.