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Counselling charity cuts carbon footprint with Glasgow Airport support

Counselling charity Crisis holds cheque

An Erskine-based counselling charity is set to extend its reach while reducing its impact on the environment thanks to new funding from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.

Crisis counselling has received over £3,700 from the airport to pay for a new heating system to complete its training ‘Eco-pod’. Once operational, the fully fitted training suite will allow the charity to deliver training and counselling services to its clients via Skype, supporting those with barriers to travel.


The new facility will enable the charity to reach out a range of services to organisations and individuals further afield, through the power of the internet.

Crisis provides training, counselling and trauma services to individuals and groups in need of support, such as veterans, migrants, and young people, especially those with disabilities. It has a team of 92 professional volunteer personnel, including social workers and counsellors, who are trained in all theories of counselling, training and supervision

With the new funding support from Glasgow Airport, Crisis is set to deliver services to over 2,000 clients in 2015, over half of whom are under the age of 18. The new Eco-pod will also see the charity offer new employment opportunities for counsellors and volunteers 

Jean Cumming, CEO of Crisis said:

“Our team are delighted that the Flightpath Fund has supported this initiative to enable us to fully extend the wealth of skills we have to reach the most disadvantaged clients whilst sustaining Crisis years into the future with no grant dependence. We can now support individuals experiencing a whole range of difficulties, whether that’s a family emergency, or major incident.  We can also deliver our range of training programmes in a much more affordable and effective way.”

Renfrewshire Councillor Iain Nicolson, who sits on the FlightPath Fund committee said:

“This is an incredibly innovative project which is doing a great deal of work supporting people in need of counselling and advice throughout Renfrewshire. The new funding from the FlightPath Fund will be used to extend the reach of the project to more individuals and organisations who need it.  I’m sure the funding, which will help the charity to reduce its carbon footprint, will be warmly welcomed by the project and I look forward to receiving an update in due course.”

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