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FREE Counselling with Immediate Starts Available!

Exciting news, we are now in a position to offer some counselling sessions for FREE….and with NO WAITING LISTS.

We believe in making therapy accessible for those who need it, and also making it affordable. We have a very fair means tested pricing structure that means you only pay what you can afford, and this is always agreed up-front with you.

All of the members of our co-operative have now agreed that we can now offer some FREE sessions!

Usually this would mean that you would be on a limited income perhaps on means tested benefits or even on a zero income, we’d love the opportunity to discuss this with you.

If you would like to access counselling and to discuss whether you qualify for FREE sessions, click here or contact us on contact@arcuslgbt.com or phone 07434 794 059 (8am to 8pm)

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CPS North East – Hate Crime Uplifts – August 2020

Under hate crime legislation the courts must pass increased sentences where prosecutors evidence that offences either demonstrate or have been motivated by hostility towards a person’s race, religion, disability, transgender identity or sexuality. Below are examples of hate crime cases recently prosecuted by CPS North East, each of which resulted in a conviction and an uplifted sentence.

The Defendant was convicted of a series of shop thefts and of assaulting a member of shop staff whilst using homophobic insults. She was sentenced to a total of 38 weeks’ imprisonment which was suspended for twelve months and the court announced the length of imprisonment for the assault had been uplifted by 60% to reflect the homophobic aggravation.

The Defendants were convicted of breaching a community protection notice by acting in a disorderly manner, causing a nuisance to residents and retailers then being homophobically abusive and threatening when challenged. They were sentenced to twelve months’ conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 compensation. The court announced the sentence had been uplifted by 50% to reflect the homophobic nature of the offending.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated assault by beating following a road rage incident where he assaulted and racially abused another driver. He was sentenced by Magistrates to eight weeks’ imprisonment suspended for twelve months with rehabilitation activities. The court announced they had uplifted this sentence from a community order to custody to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of sending grossly offensive communications via Facebook postings racially insulting takeaway employees. He was sentenced to 18 months’ Community Order and ordered to do unpaid work and pay compensation to the employees. The Judge announced that the sentence had been uplifted from a fine to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of criminal damage and causing racially aggravated intentional alarm and distress after she threw and damaged office equipment at West Park Hospital and racially abused staff. She was ordered to pay £250 compensation to the hospital and a fine of £120 which had been increased by the court to reflect the racially aggravated nature of the offending.

The Defendant, a youth, was convicted of causing intentional harassment/alarm/distress when he used insulting and derogatory transphobic language towards security staff. He was sentenced to a four-month referral order and a restraining order of twelve months. The court announced the sentence had been uplifted to reflect the transphobic nature of the offending.

The Defendant was convicted at the Crown Court of sending malicious communications after he sent a series of abusive text messages some of which were racially insulting. He was sentenced to 24 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for twelve months and the court announced it had uplifted the sentence to reflect the racial aggravation.

The Defendant was convicted of racially aggravated threatening behaviour towards a door supervisor for using a tirade of racial abuse whilst throwing punches towards him. He was sentenced to a high-level community order for 18 months with rehabilitation activities and the thinking skills programme, fined £400 and ordered to pay compensation of £100. The court announced both the fine and the order had been increased due to the racist behaviour.

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Covid Restrictions/Service Update

In light of the current covid restrictions and as a result of the current situation in our area of operation; we’ll be making some minor changes to our service. The health and safety of our clients and volunteers is paramount. Therefore until the pandemic has passed the following is in place:

  • Our free counselling will continue but will now be done via telephone, Skype or Zoom.
  • Our helpline remains open every Monday to Friday, 6pm until 10pm 01325 978007
  • Our social support will remain online through Facebook and Twitter.
  • The forum will continue to run via Zoom.
  • Our LGBT champions training remains unaffected.
  • You can continue to contact us via phone at 07434 794059 or email us at contact@arcuslgbt.com

Hopefully the pandemic will subside or pass soon and we can return to normal as swiftly as possible.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Qe will continue to keep you up to date.

Arcus

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Did you know….

…. you can contact us by phone. You can call us between 10am and 10pm on 07434 794059. Happy to help with any questions you may have about our services.

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LGBT+ Awareness Training

Arcus recognises the importance of LGBT+ education and awareness in everything that we do.  We also want to roll this out to anyone who wishes to take advantage of it.  By working together with organisations it is our aim to encourage them to become an LGBT+ Champion. 

The benefits to the organisation:

  • Assistance to produce and maintain inclusive policies & procedures
  • Organisation will demonstrate inclusive involvement within the staff team
  • Organisation will  demonstrate successful engagement of Allies/LGBT+ Support Networks
  • Organisation will demonstrate effective managerial Support of LGBT+ People
  • Organisation will achieve better LGBT+ Public Engagement
  • Organisation will receive free publicity about their achievement
  • Organisation will receive free advertising through our social media
  • Organisation will receive updated and realistic training in LGBT+ awareness
  • Organisation will gain recognition as being an LGBT+ Champion
  • Organisation will be able to work competently, sensitively and effectively with LGBT + people

What is the process:

To begin with the LGBT+ Awareness Education is booked and delivered –  4 hour course, content of which includes:

  • What is LGBT+
  • Defining Equality and Diversity
  • Sex, Gender Spectrum and Identities
  • Challenges to the equality and diversity of LGBT people
  • Discrimination
  • Mental Health & Self Harm
  • Hate Crime & LGBT+ Wellbeing
  • Legal Landmarks
  • Importance of Allies
  • Putting Theory into Practice
  • Then, the Evidence based agreement paperwork is completed

What happens after the training:

  • Presentation of award takes place
  • LGBT+ Champions logo is made freely available for promotional purposes
  • The organisation receives publicity across Arcus social media
  • Press release is drafted for local press
  • All participants in the training receive an individual certificate of achievement
  • Copies of presentation & glossary are circulated
  • An increased public profile with relation to the organisations Equality and Diversity

What is the cost and how do we book?

The cost is negotiable depending on the organisations budget and whether or not they are a charity, etc.

Getting started is easy; simply contact us and we will discuss how we can help you.

(The training is also available on an individual one to one basis)

Current Award Holders Roll of Honour:

Listed below are the organisations that have successfully completed our LGBT Champions Scheme and are the proud holders of their very own LGBT Champion Award

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Inner Being Therapy

Inner Being Therapy is one of the Counsellors who make up part of our Co-operative; you can read about them here:

Welcome to Inner Being Therapy! My name is Bridget and I am a qualified and professional counsellor. I have experience in working with adults and young people with a variety of issues.

– Are you feeling depressed?
– Are you feeling anxious?
– Are you feeling stressed?

“ Let’s get talking and end the stigma of mental health! “

I offer a safe, confidential and comfortable environment, to support you to get through this difficult time. I will help you to develop coping strategies and tools to move forward. We will work together with you to build self-esteem and confidence

To find out more about my service you can visit http://www.innerbeing.info/

If you’d like to refer yourself directly through Arcus you can do so by completing a referral form

BRIDGET CHAPMAN,

FdA, CounsellingMBACP

07902 618400 – innerbeingtherapy3@gmail.com

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Start Counselling Now

Counselling is a confidential helping activity whereby through the use of active listening you are empowered to help yourself, face your issues and develop strategies for coping with them.

Who can access Counselling?

The short answer, is anyone and everyone.  We currently take clients from any age or  gender, or indeed any background at all.

What type of Counselling do we offer?

Currently we offer a mixture of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, as well as some Psychodynamic and Gestalt Therapies.

Is there an initial assessment?

Yes, all of our clients are fully assessed before counselling commences.  This is to make sure that counselling is the right choice for you and also to ensure that your therapeutic journey with us is as safe and effective as it can be.  The initial assessment is done as part of the first appointment and usually consists of paperwork and you getting to know your therapist.

Getting started is easy; simply click here to complete the referral form and you will be contacted to book your first session.

Personal Therapy For Students:

We are pleased to now offer Personal Therapy to Counselling Students, which some training establishments mandate as part of their courses.

If you would like to book personal therapy with Arcus; please complete and submit a referral form.

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Clinical Supervision With Arcus

Clinical Supervision means that a counsellor or psychotherapist uses the services of another counsellor or psychotherapist to review their work with clients, their professional development, and often their personal development as well. Supervision is a professional service, rather than a managerial role, and for counsellors who work in institutions, supervision and management will normally be entirely separate. The supervisor acts not as a ‘boss’, but as a consultant.

If you are a trainee or qualified counsellor, contact us to see how we can deliver your clinical supervision.

07434794059

Contact@arcuslgbt.com

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LGBT+ Representation – Join the Arcus forum

Be Represented! Join the Arcus Forum

Arcus forum is a regular meeting made up members of the LGBT+ community, Arcus and a representative from Darlington Borough Council.

We meet regularly to discuss issues facing the LGBT+ community with the aim of building community resilience and opening up conversations with local services and amenities to address inequalities and problems faced by the LGBT+ Community in and around Darlington.

Arcus forum is open to anyone who is LGBT+ and lives in and around Darlington. If you would like to join the forum and come to the next meeting please sign up to our mailing list.

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LGBT+ Awareness Training

Arcus recognises the importance of LGBT+ education and awareness in everything that we do.  We also want to roll this out to anyone who wishes to take advantage of it.  By working together with organisations it is our aim to encourage them to become an LGBT+ Champion. 

The benefits to the organisation:

  • Assistance to produce and maintain inclusive policies & procedures
  • Organisation will demonstrate inclusive involvement within the staff team
  • Organisation will  demonstrate successful engagement of Allies/LGBT+ Support Networks
  • Organisation will demonstrate effective managerial Support of LGBT+ People
  • Organisation will achieve better LGBT+ Public Engagement
  • Organisation will receive free publicity about their achievement
  • Organisation will receive free advertising through our social media
  • Organisation will receive updated and realistic training in LGBT+ awareness
  • Organisation will gain recognition as being an LGBT+ Champion
  • Organisation will be able to work competently, sensitively and effectively with LGBT + people

What is the process:

To begin with the LGBT+ Awareness Education is booked and delivered –  4 hour course, content of which includes:

  • What is LGBT+
  • Defining Equality and Diversity
  • Sex, Gender Spectrum and Identities
  • Challenges to the equality and diversity of LGBT people
  • Discrimination
  • Mental Health & Self Harm
  • Hate Crime & LGBT+ Wellbeing
  • Legal Landmarks
  • Importance of Allies
  • Putting Theory into Practice
  • Then, the Evidence based agreement paperwork is completed

What happens after the training:

  • Presentation of award takes place
  • LGBT+ Champions logo is made freely available for promotional purposes
  • The organisation receives publicity across Arcus social media
  • Press release is drafted for local press
  • All participants in the training receive an individual certificate of achievement
  • Copies of presentation & glossary are circulated
  • An increased public profile with relation to the organisations Equality and Diversity

What is the cost and how do we book?

The cost is negotiable depending on the organisations budget and whether or not they are a charity, etc.

Getting started is easy; simply contact us and we will discuss how we can help you.

(The training is also available on an individual one to one basis)

Current Award Holders Roll of Honour:

Listed below are the organisations that have successfully completed our LGBT Champions Scheme and are the proud holders of their very own LGBT Champion Award