We first met in 2002 when we were training as counsellors at South Cheshire College. After three gruelling years of self-exploration and intense counselling training we all enjoyed our graduation together.
Newly qualified we all set off on our own individual journeys. Bev working in Primary and Secondary education, counselling and training, Clare working in the domestic abuse sector in a support role in both refuge and the community, and Kirsty working in Secondary education, counselling and youth support.
Over the intervening years we kept in touch and often met at different CPD events and social get togethers. In June 2016, we realised that we were all disillusioned with the way that support services had been cut across nationwide and identified that there was a lack of affordable emotional education training and support within Cheshire East – our community.
It was then that the idea for SWaNS was hatched.
Why a CIC?
We decided to form as a Community Interest Company because we were passionate about providing services for local people but we are not interested in making a profit. SWaNS are not about the money, SWaNS are all about the people.
As a CIC, we are personally invested in providing good quality, low cost, accessible services that will benefit our community.
We all have wealth of experience in delivering this type of service and as well as working hands on, we have access to other qualified practitioners and potential volunteers.
What We Do
With a target market of children and adults within our community, we deliver and supply programmes and training based around the development of emotional resilience and well-being that will build a positive framework for good mental and emotional health. We also provide one to one, group and couples counselling.
Over the last three years, we have worked closely with schools, local organisations and charities, providing counselling, workshops and support for their service users and staff.
As well as our commissioned work, we have received grants from Big Lottery, Congleton4Congleton, Congleton Town Council, Crewe Town Council and Cheshire East Council.
As we look towards the future, we are planning our Lottery funded Well-being sessions, commissioned workshops and further community counselling.
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As well as all the schools that we work with (see our schools services), we also have strong ties with other local organisations and charities. We are currently delivering counselling and/or workshops and training for