Sarah Agnes Foundation

Sarah Agnes Foundation

At a glance

Causes

  • Counselling / advice

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - England

Objectives

Launched in 2015 in response to a lack of affordable counselling services, SAF is on a mission to ensure that people living in poverty and deprivation are given equal access to therapeutic support. By working both individually and in the heart of communities, SAF aims to remove barriers faced when accessing counselling and psychotherapy.

The Sarah Agnes Foundation (SAF) provides pay-as-you-can counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families, and children both virtually and in person. As a BACP Accredited Service, SAF demonstrates the highest standard of ethics and professionalism in its work. 

Working with universities, colleges, and community partners, SAF has created a network of qualified therapists and professionally supervised placement therapists to work across communities that are affected by higher levels of deprivation and poverty. This model provides a sustainable workforce whilst achieving a wider impact. 

The team at SAF are passionate about removing barriers to its services which is why there are a number of pathways to accessing support. Professional and self-referrals are the most common way for people to access services and referrals for specialist services, such as family and child therapy, can be accessed through social services and school partners. 

For some, the stigma of therapy alone can be the biggest barrier to starting therapy. SAF addresses this by providing wellbeing workshops targeted at specific issues to enable individuals to use as a standalone service, or a gateway to therapy. 

As child and adolescent mental health issues have risen dramatically in the UK, schools in disadvantaged areas are often left struggling to provide pastoral and therapeutic support to students due to staffing or budgeting issues. SAF works with schools by providing visiting therapists to deliver workshops, assemblies, or individual sessions with students. 

All the team at SAF are professionally supervised by an experienced and BACP Accredited Supervisor working in-house. This ensures that all its operations, ethics, and values meet the highest level of standards in the UK. 

 

Activities

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o ensure that SAF is successful in removing financial barriers to counselling, whilst also achieving sustainable income, counselling is offered on a pay as-you-can basis. Payment is based on what clients can afford with options to pay £5, £10, £25, £30 or more per session. In some circumstances, such as funded projects or individual need, sessions can be offered for free 

Working with universities and colleges to provide placement opportunities enables SAF to deliver services sustainably and affordably. Additional to SAF’s in-house team, volunteer qualified therapists and placement therapists deliver counselling sessions across our projects. Therapists are matched with clients based on their experience and level of training and specialist work such as children and family therapy is delivered by appropriate qualified staff. 

Sustainability is important to the future of the organisation and SAF aims to provide corporate counselling to workplaces in our areas of operation. The profits from these services will be reinvested to continue our work in deprived areas. 

In the last 5 years, SAF has worked with several housing associations to deliver life skills and wellbeing workshops within their communities. These workshops can provide a gateway to counselling by reducing stigma related to mental health issues through health education. 

Currently, SAF partners with a small number of schools to deliver therapeutic services to children and young people. This is a key development area for SAF in the future. 

 

Current opportunities

London (Central), WC1X 8BP

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Launched in 2014 in response to a lack of affordable counselling services, the Sarah Agnes Foundation (SAF) is on a mission to ensure that people...