Cogwheel plays an important part in the provision of mental health support in the charitable sector in Cambridge and in the county. The charity operates from its main centre in leased premises in Norfolk Street in Cambridge and has two satellite locations in Sawston and Ely.
In 2019 Cogwheel was contacted by over 600 people and provided 4782 affordable assessments and sessions for adults who would be economically excluded from accessing private counselling, which can cost upwards of £50/60 a session. Nearly half of Cogwheel’s clients pay the minimum contribution which is now £15 per session. In addition, Cogwheel provided nearly 100 children and family sessions which were much valued.
Counselling at Cogwheel can make a dramatic difference to people’s wellbeing. From client feedback in 2019 at the start of counselling 46% of people were severely or moderately severely distressed while by the end of their counselling only 12% of people were in these categories.
Find out more about Cogwheel in 2019 here (Cogwheel Annual Statistics 2019- pdf file)
Counselling sessions are provided by a team of about 40 counsellors who are either fully qualified or in the very final stages of their training and are managed by the Cogwheel’s Head of Counselling.
The Charity celebrated its 30th anniversary in the summer of 2018 and just over 18 months later, in March 2020, had to transform its operation on the introduction of the Covid-19 lockdown. Overnight in-person counselling stopped and had to be replaced by online counselling on zoom. It was only through the hard work and dedication of the whole Cogwheel team that the transition could be completed in just over two weeks.
Cogwheel, which receives no NHS funding, faces a challenging future to remain viable as income from client session contributions only accounts for about 60% of the total running costs of £200k.The remainder has to be funded from grants, donations and community fundraising.