A Harrow counselling service ending

HCCThe Harrow Counselling Centre will be closing its doors after 30 years this week.
The qualified counsellor of 30 years and sole director Jackie Tancred is retiring and no one has come forward to take over the centre at Greenford Road.
The centre that saw over 2000 people during the last 15 years and has over 9000 telephone clients, offers a range of affordable professional counselling to the local community for both men, women and couples.
The service includes a skilled counsellor listening and helping clients to understand how past experiences, worries about the future or lack of confidence may be affecting their life. The counsellor will not tell what to do or give advice, but will help clients make their own choices.
When started, the centre tried to get funding through the health authority at the time but was refused. Since then the centre has been funded purely by the clients and the voluntary work of professionally qualified counsellors.
Describing the process to establish the centre, Jackie Tancred informed “Initially we put our own personal money into the centre and with the help of local communities who gave small donations, along with client fees have kept going”.
“Quite frankly I tried very hard to get someone to take over a flourishing, thriving counselling centre and could not – it is sad” she said.
“I do not think that there is anywhere that offers affordable professional counselling particularly for men in Harrow now” she added.