Christian pregnancy charity gets Yarmouth hub
TimeNorfolk, the Christian pregnancy loss charity, has opened a space dedicated to counselling for bereaved parents in Great Yarmouth. Tony Rothe reports.
TimeNorfolk provides inclusive support to anyone who has been affected by pregnancy loss across Norfolk. The charity has been operating in the Great Yarmouth area since 2019 but has just opened a dedicated counselling space which has been completely refurbished. The room has been designed to help clients feel comfortable and that they are in a safe space in order to work through their grief.
The Hub was officially opened on Tuesday January 18 during an online zoom event attended by representatives from the local hospital, Borough and County councils, and Network Norfolk, as well as trustees and staff from the TimeNorfolk charity.
TimeNorfolk provides free support to anyone...
Who has experienced pregnancy loss through miscarriage, termination, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth
With an unplanned pregnancy
Needing support through their pregnancy or for other pregnancy related issues
Experiencing infertility or secondary infertility
Experiencing perinatal mental health problems
The service is open to men and couples as well as women, regardless of how long ago the loss occurred and meetings are by face-to face contact, phone or zoom – whichever the client prefers. The charity operates through three hubs – Norwich, Kings Lynn and now Great Yarmouth.
TimeNorfolk is a Christian charity and all staff and trustees are Christians and respect the Christian ethos of the charity. They particularly value their weekly prayers together as a team.
Tim Gosden, TimeNorfolk director said:
“We’re delighted to be able to offer our services for free in the Great Yarmouth area. We know that the Great Yarmouth community often feels overlooked, but we know that our central and easily accessible new hub will be a source of hope and help for many.”
Those attending the on-line opening ceremony included James Bensly, Great Yarmouth Borough and Norfolk County councillor; Kirsty Cater, head of midwifery at The James Paget hospital in Gorleston and her colleague Donna; Tim and Fiona Gosden, TimeNorfolk directors; Selina Watts, Chairman of Trustees; Karen Warminger, therapist at TimeNorfolk; and Ruth Kettle, Fundraising and communications at the charity.
Councillor James Bensley, who with his wife has had personal experience of pregnancy loss, said “This needs to be a platform for Yarmouth area residents to talk to each other, especially men, about this subject”
Kirsty Cater said “The family voice is important – we need to get everyone involved as much as possible in dealing with pregnancy loss”
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic TimeNorfolk moved support sessions onto online or telephone support. However, many clients are now returning to face to face support, where they feel comfortable, and the Great Yarmouth hub is up and running to provide that support.
A client from the Great Yarmouth area recently said: 'An experience which was very hard to deal with became gradually easier through my sessions with Time Norfolk. Learning different strategies allowed me to cope with my emotions and feelings. Although my loss will always be part of me and I cannot change the past I have learnt techniques to allow me to move forward and look for a better future.'
Anyone who has experienced pregnancy loss or who feel they would benefit from the support that TimeNorfolk offers you can find out more at their website www.timenorfolk.org.uk
Directors Tim and Fiona Gosden would love visit and speak at churches across Norfolk about the work of TimeNorfolk and they always welcome prayer support.
Fiona said “TimeNorfolk has a vision to support more men and women in Great Yarmouth through the challenges of pregnancy loss by providing free counselling with our trained practitioners. We believe that everyone should have a safe space to talk - a time to be listened to, a time to grieve and a time to heal.”
TimeNorfolk new hub is at :
29 Broad Row, Great Yarmouth NR30 1HT
To view a brief video about the opening of the new hub, click here.
The photo above of Great Yarmouth Hub is courtesy of TimeNorfolk.
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