Addictions

Gambling

Compulsive gambling, also called gambling disorder, is the urge to keep gambling despite the toll...
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Self Harm

Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It's usually a way of...
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Solvent Abuse

There is no safe way to get 'high' by inhaling volatile substances such as solvents. Anyone...
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Alcohol Abuse

Why are you addicted to alcohol? What is it covering up? Is it a very painful past and a fear of...
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Sexual Trauma

Rape

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, you may be both physically and emotionally affected. Only you can decide what you feel up to doing in...
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Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent....
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Abuse of Children

Child abuse is any action by another person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but...
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Sexual Harassment

You should be able to feel comfortable in your place of work or learning. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual...
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Relationship Issues

Family Problems

There are many kinds of families. Some have two parents, while others have a single parent. Sometimes there is no parent and grandparents...
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Broken Relationships

Relationships often breakdown because people don't communicate or do so in such a way that creates pain and misunderstanding. Carelessly...
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Sexual Harassment

You should be able to feel comfortable in your place of work or learning. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests...
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Physical and Verbal Abuse

Physical abuse is any intentional and unwanted contact with you or something close to your body. Sometimes abusive behaviour does not...
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Trauma and Worries

Feeling Suicidal?

Are you feeling that your life is so worthless, that there is no way forward, that your problems cannot possibly be solved? No issue is so great that it cannot be worked through, even though right now the prospect of a solution seems abolsolutely...
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Depression

What is depression? It's a word which is often misused. People often say "I'm depressed" when in fact they mean "I'm fed up or bored." These basic ups and downs of life are common and normal. With true depression, you have a persistant low mood and...
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Bereavement

At some point in our lives, we all lose someone we love and for most of us, bereavement will be the most distressing experience we will ever face. Bereavement sometimes referred to as grief, is a term used to describe the sense of loss we feel when...
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COMMUNITY COUNSELLORS RECEIVE MBE AWARD

Local counselling charity, The Magdalene Project, based in Bacup, has been awarded one of the highest Honours in the land.Pauline Irene at Royal Garden Party May 2019

The Project has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which recognizes 20 years of outstanding commitment and dedication to helping local people.  It is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

The charities co-founder Irene Alderson and Project Director Pauline Ellison attended a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other award winners, where they met and chatted with Prince Charles.

The Christian counselling service is based in Irwell Terrace, with a new building due to open in Nelson in July.  The Project was set up in recognition of present day needs in society and gives a professional and confidential service to all in need of help.  It deals with a wide range of issues, specialising in abuse and trauma. It is funded mainly by donations and grants, and has recently won a Children in Need bid which runs for 3 years.

Project Director Pauline Ellison said, “We are over the moon and honoured to have been recognised with this Award. It is thanks to the dedication of all the counsellors and staff over the last 20 years and all our supporters, without which none of this would have been possible. 

Co-founder Irene Alderson said, “The Garden Party was a fabulous event to attend. We managed to get to speak to Prince Charles who was very interested in our work and told me ‘we need more people like you.’ What an endorsement!”

The charity had a party to celebrate their good news yesterday with supporters and staff past and present who will all be receiving a special commemorative pin badge.

The charity will also receive a crystal award and a signed Certificate from Her Majesty the Queen with the citation, ‘For providing specialized therapy for all people, ages, ethnicity and faiths dealing with trauma crossing all boundaries’ which will be presented locally by the Lord Lieutenant for Lancashire later this summer. 

The Magdalene Project is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year, and was one of only 6 to receive the award in Lancashire.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognize outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002, to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on the 2nd June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation in the London Gazette. 

Attached is a photo of The Magdalene Project Co-founder Irene Alderson and Project Director, Pauline Ellison at the Royal Garden Party on 15th May 2019.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ROBIN JONES OR CHRISSIE MORRISS ON 01706 870939

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