Supporting Local Parents
Launched in 2014 our Single Parent Package has grown from strength to strength. From humble beginnings, we have continually developed and expanded the programme to include a wider range of therapies and treatments. Results from previous programmes have shown that levels of stress, anxiety and depression dramatically reduced in participants decreasing from moderately severe and severe to low or none. Many cited that the support they received was friendly, immediate and non-clinical. Most were surprised that they were in the driving seat when it came to choosing which therapies they received.
"We talked about what I wanted to gain-not something you often hear! To be honest, I was surprised all these doors were open just for me."
Our 2019/20 programme
The programme consists of nine sessions over an eight-week period
We ask all partcipants for a minimum donation of £5.00 per session*
Qualifying individuals have the choice of the following nine talking and physical therapies:
There is no limit to the number of therapy types that a participant must use and they can change at any given time during their treatment.
*Session donations support the overal running costs of the programme.
Surplus moneies will be invested into the development and expansion of similar programs.
I wasn’t expecting to become a single parent to 6 children, but that is what happened. In this new world, I found a lot of difficult challenges ahead of myself especially with my and low self-esteem. This is where my experience with The Devon Clinic began.
It was during a home visit with my health visitor. Sarah showed me a website and on it was this package designed for people just like me. It provided talking and physical therapies and I got to choose what I wanted-not something you hear everyday running around after children. Together we completed three short online quizzes-that was it, I’d applied! I knew someone was going to contact me but I still worried I’d done it wrong. Would they reject me?
It didn’t take long for The Devon Clinic to contact me and say that I was eligible for the package. They explained everything to me and I felt reassured and informed about what was going to happen. I was even told in great detail how to find them and reassured that if I got lost on the way I should phone them for support.
My First Visit
My gosh, was I nervous! Thoughts rushed through my head about being late, where to park, getting lost, saying too much or not enough. All that was put aside as I was made to feel welcome and instantly feel at ease. The waiting room was calm and the receptionist was friendly and quite happily chatted away with me.
For my initial consultation, I met with Chris Fleet. He was really friendly and approachable which is very important for me especially as I suffer badly with anxiety in new situations. We talked about what I wanted to gain out my sessions-not something you often hear! To be honest, I was surprised all these doors were open just for me....continue with Anna's story
Single Parent Programme Criteria
The criteria for our programme is currently aimed at reaching those we feel would best benefit most from our services. In order for this to be as fair and accessible as possible our crieteria is braod.
To qualify for this programme you must be:
- Living in Torbay
- A single parent
- Showing signs of anxiety/depression and/or stress*
- in financial hardship
*To measure levels of anxiety, depression and stress we utilise the following quizzes; Core-10, PHQ-9 and GAD-7.
The application process is simple and straight forward. We use three nationally recognised short quizzes; Core-10, PHQ-9 and GAD-7. To see if you are eligable you can take the quizes online by ticking the relevant boxes next to each question and submitting the quiz along with your along with your name and a form of contact (telephone or email). Alternativly you can download the quizezes and return them to us via email, post or popping by our location.
Please note that you must complted all THREE quizes for your application to be considered.
Once we recive your completed quizes along with your name and a form of contact a member of our team will be in contact to book your first consultation appointment.
Download our free Single Parent Stress Management Programme PDF. Our printer friendly brochure contains infomation relating to Torbay and the package.