I am proud of you

5 Jun 2020 Roisin Kelly    Last updated: 11 Sep 2020

Joe Coney, Chairperson of the Mid-Ulster Association of Counselling and Psycotherapy (MACP) tells us about the ongoing and changing work the counsellors have embraced over the last few months to help vulnerable people in the area.

I am so happy to have caught up with Joe today between his sessions with people most in need in his community and beyond.  Joe is also responsible for the clinical work that goes on in MACP and in our discussion talks about the heightened issues particularly around anxiety that people are experiencing over the last few months.  I was particularly impressed at how quickly he says the counsellors adapted to changing face to face sessions to online when they had no experience of this previously and how they embraced the training to do this so quickly.  Joe has high praise for the funders, in particular The Halifax Foundation NI and Community Foundation NI, who recently supported the charity to purchase laptops and mobile phones to reach out to more people in need.  These needs include dealing with addiction, domestic violence and even just to talk to someone. 

One thing I need to mention is that I am not impressed with getting talked into the huge fundraiser they are organising soon and to get one back on him he asked me to edit the bit in the recording where he pulls at his nose - he used the high pollen count as an excuse for that one.  I am so appreciative of the chance to highlight the fantastic work of this small but amazing charity.

Joe from MACP from Roisin kelly on Vimeo.

For more on the work of MACP, visit their website here or follow them on Facebook here

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by Roisin Kelly

Skills Development Coordinator

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