Many hands make light work

Funding success

The Co-op and Trafford Housing Trust lend a hand 

Coronavirus had an immediate impact on the way CFC delivered our support, obliging us to close the centre and switch to remote support. However, we have recently been awarded two grants which will help to guarantee the future of our work through the current pandemic and beyond.

Trafford Housing Trust

CFC has received a £100,000 grant from Trafford Housing Trust to help provide counselling to adults and children in the borough.

We will use the funding to continue to provide counselling support for those that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to receive it, and are currently providing help for individuals, groups and families via telephone and video link during the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity has already had great success thanks to an earlier grant from the Trust, and the counselling provided has seen dramatic improvements for people suffering with severe anxiety, grief following a bereavement, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Counsellors are trained to provide support for anyone struggling with addiction, victims of domestic abuse, or any mental health issues, and can provide counselling in different languages for those that need it.

Jo Allen, Chief Executive Officer at The Counselling & Family Centre, said: “The shared commitment of Trafford Housing Trust and The Counselling & Family Centre to the wellbeing of the people of Trafford informs everything that we do, and at the heart of this is a focus on getting results and helping people back to mental health. We couldn’t do this without the support of the Trust.”

Fay Jackson, Social Investment Manager, Trafford Housing Trust, said: “Mental health and wellbeing has been particularly tested over the last few months as a result of the virus, so the excellent work of The Counselling & Family Centre is more important than ever.

We’re delighted to be supporting and working alongside them both now and in the future.”


The Co-operative Bank has opened up its good causes fund, making it easier for charity, credit union and co-operative customers to get support for local projects as they struggle with the impact of COVID-19. The Counselling & Family Centre are delighted to have received a £1,000 grant from The Customer Donation Fund.

“The support of the Co-operative Bank has made a huge difference at this difficult time,” said CFC’s chief executive Jo Allen.

“Our qualified counsellors are very experienced in delivering face-to-face support, but less so in supporting vulnerable people by telephone or video. We were able to use our funding immediately to deliver training in online assessments and online counselling to our large pool of counsellors so that we could sustain our much-needed counselling service with minimal disruption.”

Since 2003, the Co-operative Bank has donated almost £900,000 to 1,021 organisations.