It is with much regret that the Board of Trustees of Action East Devon have had to make the very difficult decision to close the Counselling for Carers (C4C) service.
The service had been struggling for some time to secure long-term funding. The response to the coronavirus pandemic resulted in having to put C4C on hold and furlough staff, has resulted in further stress on finances through the loss of income from our charged-for counselling sessions. This coupled with the lack of grants, restrictions on face to face working and the difficulty in sourcing suitable, safe, and affordable venues to operate from, has meant C4C has become unsustainable. Trustees were very sad at having to make this decision, however as a small charity, Action East Devon, is reliant on grants and donations and cannot afford to continue to fund the service from reserves.
We are very sad that this service, which has been used by hundreds of carers, has had to close and would like to thank everyone involved with C4C - carers, trainee counsellors, volunteers, colleagues and partners from other organisations, and staff - for their support and loyalty over the years. 3rd September 2020