Inclusion Cornwall’s Village Works project is adding a bolt-on Counselling service, and has opened the opportunity to bid for the work.  Under the title ‘Barrier busting emotional support, the service is not intended to replace mainstream NHS support.

Village Works is a new project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through The Department for Work and Pensions.   Our Village Coaches and Village Spotters will be employed through Disability Cornwall to work with customers to build self-confidence and self-esteem enabling engagement with community activities that build skills, work experience, capacity and confidence.  Specialist support will also be available from DisAbility Cornwall, Cornwall Council’s Digital Team and Kernow Credit Union Ltd. The project focuses on the areas of Bude, Camelford, Helston and the Lizard as the research area with the remainder of Cornwall forming a control group.

The following list is not exhaustive but provides an indication of why someone may be referred to the service;

  • Generalised anxiety
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger Management
  • Bereavement
  • Big life changes
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Low self esteem
  • Addiction
  • Coping with illness / disability
  • Cultural issues
  • Relationship tensions
  • Sexual and gender identify
  • Trauma
  • Phobias and compulsions


They expect the Barrier Busting service to include;

  • 6 face to face sessions
  • Some of your activity may be delivered in a group setting
  • Working towards a specified change as identified by the customer
  • Detailed feedback report highlighting areas to work on, plus an accessible development guide for the customer
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Motivation and confidence building
  • Working in partnership with other Village Works stakeholders

The Village Works project covers the following areas:

  1. Helston and the Lizard peninsula
  2. Bude and Camelford area


To find out more give the Inclusion Cornwall Hub a call 01872 326440.  You can download the full Counselling procurement document on the Inclusion Cornwall website.

The deadline for submitting a bid is 7 February.