The Road Ahead is a person centred organisation. In essence, we treat others with respect; attempting to understand from another person’s point of view; and being open about our own thoughts without making judgements about others. This approach ultimately creates an atmosphere of trust. Our service offers a place where people can begin to feel less isolated and be helped to make positive decisions for themselves, either through being listened to or by engaging in 1-1 counselling. In doing so it is hoped a person will cope better with any mental health concern, feel healthier and become more active in our small community and gain confidence or the motivation to engage more actively with the wider community.
‘It’s my lifeline to the outside world. I can’t wait for Thursday coming. I try to rush the week on and do things to make the time go by. I do things on a Thursday now that I wouldn’t have bothered with before like shopping, doing errands, and meeting family. Thursday’s my day’ ~TRA Client
Christine Flanders – Founder & Director of The Road Ahead CIC
Christine is a Professional Counsellor with an honours degree in counselling and accredited to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk). I have counselled clients experiencing a wide range of issues e.g. depression, anxiety, stress management, anger related, trauma, domestic violence, bereavement, abuse related, substance misuse etc. over a period of 15 years. I have experience working in counselling in GP practices for 5 years, in a community setting for 3 years and in private practice for 3 years. Within this I have worked with: Dual Diagnosis (i.e. counselling clients with both problems with ‘alcohol and a mental health issue’), disabled/carer’s counselling, creative interventions, cognitive behaviour therapy interventions, spiritual accompaniment, creative group work and more.
Christine is Services Coordinator and counsellor in addition to being responsible for overall management of The Road Ahead.
Carolyne Hill MSc BSc (Hons) – Director of The Road Ahead CIC
Carolyne is an independent counsellor with substantial experience working with both adults and young people in a variety of settings including primary care, higher education and the local community. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and she respects and practices within its ethical framework.
Carolyne is a counselor for The Road Ahead, as well as acting as bookkeeper, Volunteer manager and fundraising.
Lyndsey is a counsellor for The Road Ahead as well as Counselling Referral Processor.
Dori is responsible for marketing, grant writing and fundraising for The Road Ahead.
The Road Ahead also benefits from a group of knowledgeable advisory consultants, consisting of: Jamie Hill and Becky Hill.