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Bellarine Corps receives funding for new counselling service

Bellarine Corps receives funding for new counselling service

Bellarine Corps receives funding for new counselling service

30 May 2017

The new service at Bellarine Salvos will include counselling for child trauma, for adolescents, families, couples and adults. 

By Captain Peter Hobbs

The Bellarine Salvos recently received a $25,000 grant from the Geelong Community Foundation towards its new bulk-billed child trauma, adolescence, family, couple and adult counselling service.

The Salvation Army Strengthening Families Counselling Service, which is also a missional community, is being driven by Lisa Taylor, and will operate from the Bellarine Corps building in Clifton Springs, known as “The Ranch”.

Lisa has extensive formal qualification in education, social sciences, life coaching, family therapy and psychiatry, as well as over 20 years’ experience and expertise working with children and families across education, community services, clinical services and not-for-profit areas. She has recently started to follow Jesus and joined the Bellarine Salvos family.

Lisa will work with families, individuals, couples and children, supporting families experiencing difficulties with managing children’s behaviour, separation, trauma, loss and grief, and life changes. She will also engage with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression and emotional issues and provide practical strategies, knowledge and insights to strengthen personal and family relationships.

Captains Di and Peter Hobbs receive the counselling service grant from Gail Rogers, Geelong Community Foundation.

We are so excited to have this new service for the Bellarine. Any kind of social service, especially counselling services, has been a struggling resource to residents on the Bellarine Peninsula. This new service has already been welcomed and positively received by the local primary schools and doctors’ clinics.

“Lisa is wonderful,” says Bellarine Corps Officer, Captain Di Hobbs. “It’s great to work with such a professional in the field, with a proven clinical history, who is also a strong follower of Jesus.”

Lisa has already met with clients and the results so far have been extremely successful. Clients are referred from multiple sources, including the many families the Bellarine Salvos connect with throughout the week through their multiple missional communities.

“We have some of our youth, kids from the primary school and their families being supported and strengthened,” said Captain Di. “It's just such a blessing to have professional services supporting our corps family.”

The great advantage of partnering with Lisa is that this ministry’s financial cost to The Salvation Army is nothing. The grant funding is for additional funding to support ongoing intense care of families once their bulk billing free sessions have been exhausted.

God is so good and building positive, innovative, caring and trusting community. Lisa is a transformed life who is not only following Jesus but is doing what Jesus has asked her to do. In the process she is discovering life in all its fullness.

Captain Peter Hobbs is the Corps Planting Officer, Bellarine Peninsula.

Captains Di and Peter Hobbs receive the counselling service grant from Gail Rogers, Geelong Community Foundation.

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