Ubuntu Counselling Services

Ubuntu Counselling Services is an NHS/CCG commissioned service, offering face to face counselling and group work for all ethnic minorities in Devon.

Ubuntu Counselling Services is a social enterprise with charitable aims. We have been offering multicultural counselling in Devon for five years. As of 2015, we are based in the Civic Centre. Our aims and objectives are as follows:
Aims of the Social Enterprise:
To provide an evidence based Holistic Counselling Service for Minority Ethnic Communities across Devon.

Objectives:

• To provide psychotherapeutic services (mainly short-term, approx. 8-16 sessions), suited to BME communities
• To work alongside community networks so as to ensure cultural sensitivity and accessibility
• To link seamlessly with statutory services, including NHS and GPs so as to facilitate easy referral both ways
• To sign-post to other support agencies ensure continuation of care
• To continue to develop the service so as to meet BME community needs and facilitate access to other services and resources where these are available
• To research and collect evidence of the mental health needs of various BME communities in Devon
• To monitor and evaluate the service so that it remains relevant and responsive to need and operates effectively and efficiently.

We work with all cultures, except white British and we will see those from a white British background if they are in a mixed relationship, or have children from another culture. In addition to counselling, we offer group work including: a horticultural group on Thursdays, 10am to 1pm; a therapeutic writing group; mens' and womens' education groups on domestic violence. The education groups will be followed by therapeutic groups, separate for men and women. These will deal with a variety of issues including: isolation, identity, anger, stress, cultural issues, etc. As an added resource, we will be running a drop-in centre on Fridays, 10am to 3pm, in the city centre.

Our counsellors are either BACP accredited and/or registered. Our volunteer counsellors are in the final stages of their training and working towards registration. We abide by the British Association for Counselling (BACP) ethical framework and are organisational members of BACP. Ubuntu refers to the essence of being human: it is at the core of the work we do; how we treat others and what we aim to achieve.

Services

Find out more about the services we offer by clicking the headings below


  1. Ubuntu Counselling supports all cultures who have been affected by crime except white British and they will see those from a white British background if they are in a mixed relationship or have children from another culture

  2. So called hate crime or racism can leave victims feeling disempowered because the crime seems to have been directed at who they are, which is something they are powerless to change. Such crimes damage self-esteem and undermine the victim's confidence in being able to keep himself or herself safe. They may result in victims feeling unable to live their lives freely, as they would wish. We can support victims in regaining confidence, self esteem and the ability to take control of their lives again.

  3. We offer support to help people deal with the impact of domestic violence and abuse. Many victims blame themselves for the abuse and find it hard to leave abusive situations. We help victims restore self esteem and find ways to keep themselves and their dependents safe. For some, there are cultural factors which may make it difficult to deal with abuse. For others, there may be a lack of understanding of what constitutes abuse in the UK. We offer support in all these areas.

  4. Victims of these crimes and their relatives can feel as if they have no power, no rights and no-one to turn to. We will help victims to regain control of their lives and to overcome what may have been traumatic experiences. Such experiences can leave deep scars and damage trust in fellow human beings. Healing these wounds takes time, patience and care. We will give the emotional support for this work to happen.

  5. We offer support to help people deal with the impact of domestic violence and abuse. Many victims blame themselves for the abuse and find it hard to leave abusive situations. We help victims restore self esteem and find ways to keep themselves and their dependents safe. For some, there are cultural factors which may make it difficult to deal with abuse. For others, there may be a lack of understanding of what constitutes abuse in the UK. We offer support in all these areas.

Our downloads

  1. PDF Document

    Domestic Violence training in July 2015

    This training is open to BME communities who want to know more about what the law in the UK defines as domestic violence and how is it dealt with,potentially differently then how this might be treated back home. This an educational training that is open to all.

    Download here