Horsham & Crawley Counselling Group secure funds for Covid-19 walking for mental health project

Horsham & Crawley Counselling Group are pleased to have been successful in securing funds to support their Covid-19 walking for mental health project, based in the parks in Crawley.

Tilgate Park in Crawley. Picture courtesy of Horsham & Crawley Counselling Group
Tilgate Park in Crawley. Picture courtesy of Horsham & Crawley Counselling Group

Called THAW, Talk, Heal and Walk, this project is part of HCCG’s commitment to offer recovery based interventions to the communities in Crawley for whom the impact of Covid-19 has been significant on both their mental and physical well-being.

THAW will offer Crawley residents the opportunity to walk in small groups in the company of our trained therapists, enjoying both the physical benefits of being outside and reconnecting with nature, and sharing their personal experiences of what has been an exceedingly difficult year.

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The first walks will commence in April giving residents the chance to come along and find out what it's all about.

Details of the project and how to join will be promoted via community-based networks or people can contact HCCG direct.

Rachel Gardiner-Hill, Lead Director of HCCG said: "We are enormously grateful to the West Sussex County Council and all the private individuals who have donated funds to allow us to start up this project in Crawley, free to residents.

‘In the coming months we will look to secure a further £3,000 in funding to secure the long-term viability of this project for residents.

"The economic impact of the pandemic has been particularly severe in Crawley and this will have long term implications for our residents, so we will look to maintain this support throughout 2021 and beyond, if we can.

"Our funding page via SpaceHive remains active and we’d welcome further donations to support this vital project for Crawley residents.

"The psychological impact of the pandemic has been well documented, and as an organisation we are committed to offering the residents of Crawley the opportunity to access mental health support with a trained professional, whilst reconnecting and enjoying the healing benefits of nature in their local environment."

More about THAW found at spacehive.com/thaw4crawley