Counselling group is up for an award

NOMINATED ... members of the Escape Intervention Service.
NOMINATED ... members of the Escape Intervention Service.

A COUNSELLING and complementary therapy service for young people is looking to celebrate in style its fifth year in business.

Escape Intervention Services (EIS) was launched in November 2008 to provide a holistic approach to families in the most socially deprived areas of South Tyneside.

The service provides one-to-one counselling to address issues such as bereavement and loss, domestic violence, abuse, substance misuse, gambling, bullying and family relationships, along with anger management.

It also offers complementary therapies such as Indian head massage, aromatherapy massage, reflexology and shiatsu, which reduce depression, stress and anxiety.

Administrator Cara Smith has nominated the social enterprise for Community Group of the Year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2013.

She said: “To date, EIS has worked with hundreds of individuals and families within the borough, delivering its services through a team of highly-trained professional volunteers.

“The team of 12 counsellors and three complementary therapists works tirelessly to enable young people and their parents/carers to address their problems and work more effectively together.

“EIS successfully acquired £490,000 funding through the Big Lottery Youth Fund, which has enabled it to benefit hundreds of young people by providing evening and weekend activities.

“This money provides adventurous, cultural and leisure experiences to increase the confidence and self-esteem of participants, together with offering accessible opportunities to those most socially deprived young people.”

Last summer, 11 members of the group, based in River Drive, South Shields, climbed to the top of Ben Nevis to raise money for and awareness of EIS.

Project manager/practitioner Lynne Yousef said: “I am really delighted that we have been nominated, and this is all down to the fantastic team of volunteers and staff we have to support the young people who come through our doors.”

The Pride of South Tyneside Awards, organised by the Gazette, South Tyneside Council and the Customs House, recognise the borough’s unsung heroes.

Ten awards will be handed out in a glittering ceremony at the Temple Park centre in South Shields on Sunday, April 28.

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