Round-Up Newsletter 2016
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What an amazing year this has been for The Maya Centre made possible by
our Friends and Supporters


From April 2015 to April 2016, we provided 1:1 counselling to 136 vulnerable women in North London. The work we do goes far beyond helping the individual in need - it strengthens and supports their families as well - creating a 'ripple of positivity' throughout the community.

Our sparkling reception, in the River Room at the House of Lords, hosted by our Patron Baroness Massey, was a great success. This was a celebration of our 'MY VOICE' project, with moving audio testimonies, from women who’ve been supported by our talking therapy.

In this newsletter you will also find out about our new groups and community support work. We want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of Maya’s Friends and Supporters – none of this would be possible without you!  

Hello & Farewell
We welcome 6 new starters – Clinical supervisors: Rebecca Hanson, Ros Massil and Susie Lendrum Counsellors and Group facilitators: Cigdem Tas, Dr Maddy Loat and Lucy Gibson-Hill.

We’ve also recruited 12 new volunteers who’ll support delivery of Maya Centre services in a variety of roles.  Thank you to all who volunteered throughout 2016, for your hard work and commitment to our centre. We were delighted that Nora, one of our volunteers, was nominated for Voluntary Action Islington’s, ‘Volunteer of the Year Award 2016’. Nora received fantastic feedback about her work from our clients and we thank her for the invaluable support over the last year.
We are very pleased to hear a number of our volunteers moved onto paid employment and have been offered clinical placements.

After 13 years of commitment to the Maya Centre, we said a sad farewell to Nilay, our Turkish speaking senior counsellor. We thank Nilay for being such a passionate member of the team, who cared greatly about our clients and our work in the community. We wish Nilay all the best for the future and her next chapter in life. 

Sparkling Reception
On the 9th of May 2016, the River Room at the House of Lords was the venue for our sparkling reception. This was the perfect platform for our 1st opportunity to showcase our work to a much wider audience, with moving audio client testimonies, from women who took part in our MY VOICE storytelling project. The project was run in partnership with, Sound Delivery, a digital media consultancy. On this evening the impact of our work gave all those in attendance an opportunity to hear about the work we do, up close. We all know how important it is to be heard, but too often the women we help are silenced and their stories never told.
We are very proud and would like to thank, once again, all the women who took part by sharing their experience, and recording their sensitive personal stories, so their voices could be heard outside of our counselling rooms. You can read more about the evening here.

New Groups

~ Women's Group ~

A new 36 week group, for women who have completed their 1:1 therapy, who need extra support. The group aims to provide a safe space in which women can come together and talk about their shared experiences and gain more self- confidence, better coping mechanisms and regain trust in self and others.

~ Black Women's Group ~
‘’And Still I Rise” – Maya Angelou

And still I rise is a therapeutic group for black women to come together, explore and dissect the unique experience of being a black woman. 
The group will start in January 2017, for a 20 week period, and will provide a safe space for black women to connect with each other; listen and talk about issues from their perspective. A range of topics will be explored including: Relationships, motherhood, depression and mental health, separation and loss as well as self-esteem and perceptions of others of black women.  

We are currently recruiting for a number of groups:

Art therapy Group
For a 20 week period, clients attending our Art therapy group will use art media as a primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.

Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
A 36-week psychotherapy group to support female survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). The objective is to enable and empower women to break the silence around CSA in a safe, supportive and confidential group setting. The aim is to help reduce feelings of isolation and difficulties relating to CSA through being with others who share similar experiences.

Yoga sessions delivered by Supply Yoga

Clients will have the opportunity to take part in an introduction to yoga, pranayama, and simple meditation. Classes will run once a week for a 6-week period. 
Supply Yoga, is a social enterprise, set up to provide access to the benefits of yoga, using the revenue generated from private class fees, to fund free community sessions. Their objective is to give people who are unable to afford yoga & meditation, ‘a safe shared experience that promotes confidence, ownership of one’s body and control over one’s life’. 


An Increase in Attendance

We have developed our intake and assessment procedures, making them more in depth and effective, improving take up.  We think that this has improved attendance, as non-attendance figures for 1:1 counselling have gone down from 47% in 2014-15 to 29% in 2015-16. Of this 18% were cancellations and only 11% of Do Not Attend (DNA). The DNA rate is comparable to what NHS out-patient services achieve.


Recent funds received 

The Newby Trust has provided funding, which will allow us to offer extra 1:1 counselling sessions to clients who have been identified as needing longer term counselling, either at the point of assessment or during their counselling. There is a proven demand for counselling which extends beyond the current offer of 18 sessions and we are extremely grateful to the Trust for approving our application.   

Thank you to MOPAC, for funds towards our: Core Costs, Art Therapy & Black Women's Group.  

Thank you to Henry Smith & City Bridge Trust for funding to allow us to continue our Community Services for a further 2 years.

Funding is vital to our centre and with so many women's services being cut in 2016, we would like thank all our funders: 

Ashden Trust, Big Lottery Fund, City Bridge Trust, Comic Relief, Cripplegate Foundation, Embassy of Ireland London, Henry Smith Charity, Islington CCG, Islington Council, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Peter Stebbings Memorial Charity and Richard Cloudesley’s Charity.

We are also ever-so grateful to our friends & supporters who give regular donations and attend our fundraising events. Your support has helped to keep the Maya Centre going and you've raised £21,000 during 2015-2016 - Thank you!!

Legacy Fundraising

Tragedy happens to all of us and it's particularly hard to think about other causes when you have lost someone close to you. For that reason, Maya is reaching out gently to all of its supporters, to ask if you know someone who might be interested in supporting us after they have gone. This kind of memorial can do so much good for the women who come to us, helping them to live a more confident and fulfilled life. 
Please visit our website for information on legacy giving.

Raise free donations for the Maya Centre when you shop online this Christmas! It’s so simple and it won’t cost you a penny. Sign up to our store account today!

  • If you want to buy a gift from a particular store. Instead of going direct to the stores website, you first go to
  • If you're looking for a specific retailer, use the search box, or choose from the popular store list. Click through to find the store to make your purchase.
  • After you buy your item, the store will give you a cash reward that you can turn into a donation for the Maya Centre. Easyfundraising collect this and send it to us at no extra cost.
This video will tell you everything you need to know on how Easy Fundraising works. 

         ~ Community News Focus ~       

It’s been two years since we launched community services at the Maya Centre. Last year 76 clients used the service, benefiting from advice, information and other help.
Their feedback shows that this service provides additional support to counselling; helps resolve practical concerns and issues, is a source of useful information and allows Maya Centre clients to meet and connect with other women.
We are extremely pleased to announce that we’ve received funding to develop this service further for another 2 years! BIG THANK YOU to our funders Henry Smith and City Bridge.

Goodbye to Monday Crafternooon
Every Monday afternoon our clients’ were able to attend drop in sessions for creative craft activities. The space allowed women to come together to discover their creative side. During these sessions we were able to talk about lots of ideas for future projects and workshops at Maya Centre for 2017!
It was wonderful to see so many women, meet-up with each other socially, as quite often a number of our clients are isolated at home. Thank you to all who dropped by to have a coffee whilst sharing their creativity and skills!

Here's a sample of some great craft pieces made by clients' over the past couple of months! 

Craft Image 2

I Am Project

In 2016 we ran three 'I am' Project groups. A very popular educational art workshop.

This is what women who participated said about the experience:

"We had the freedom to grow and explore our emotions in situations that were related to everyday real life.  I just feel so much more confident in myself and that I've been able to develop relationships with other women that are strong and secure which is a totally new thing for me."
"One of the strongest healing processes I've had in my life.  It's profoundly made a difference to go on a journey with a small group of other women and to really discover that I am a woman."
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to be more creative”
“I have learnt to understand my feelings”
“I learnt to like and love myself “
“I’ve learnt to be more open-minded and to make better decisions”

~ Community Support Worker ~

Please do get in touch with us if you would like to share your experience. You can help shape our community services programme for next year. You can call or email Michalina to provide your feedback.

If you would like to contact the community support worker you may call Michalina.
Monday-Thursday on 020 7281 8970 or email

With Thanks

To all our staff,patrons & trustees for their hard work and dedication to the Maya Centre.

Thank you to all our friends & supporters
 We hope you have a wonderful festive break and best wishes for the New Year!

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Newsletter 2016 Round-Up

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