The charity has grown out of St John’s church and Libertas counselling in Linlithgow, bringing together existing activities and allowing them to expand while also providing additional services and being more accessible to the local community and beyond. We provide counselling and will soon be launching a Christians Against Poverty Job Club and running the Money Course. As soon as we can, we look forward to responding to the acute loneliness of so many people in our community by opening our Oasis wellbeing café – a safe place where it is OK to not be OK.
During the last year, counselling has been able to continue online and grant funding has allowed us to offer more sessions each week. We have been able to support people in crisis as quickly as possible and hope to grow further by increasing our team of counsellors.
The building we had hoped to lease last year became unavailable as soon as Covid 19 hit, but we are in the process of finding alternative premises. We look forward to having a space of our own and to developing our partnerships with other local organisations and statutory bodies and being a safe welcoming place for everyone.
One of our guests recently said, ‘The New Well has always been contactable and acted quickly to support me and my partner. They provide an invaluable service to the local community and particularly to those who financially could not otherwise gain the support they need. The services that The New Well provide are always needed but given the effects of the pandemic on people’s mental health they are more vital now than ever.