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U's Reach Out To Aid Mental Health

Counselling Referral Line launched

7 April 2020

Help offered to anyone needing support at this difficult time.

Colchester United's Football in the Community Scheme has  launched a counselling referral line for those who may need some support in light of current COVID-19 circumstances.

For the second week running, The U’s community team have been working to coordinate staff and volunteer efforts in assisting organisations and individuals where their capacity might be limited at this time.

Working with Colchester Foodbank, Munch Clubs & GO4 Café, over twenty hours of community outreach were provided in the form of supermarket food bank collections and food supply parcels delivered across the community.

In addition last week, the CUFITC team donated some matchday programmes to the Mulberry Tree Family Support Service Centre run by Essex County Council as part of their family support packages.

Along with this ongoing outreach work, the official charity of Colchester United Football Club will now expand this offer to provide members of the community professional advice to aid their mental health.

Head of Community Corin Haines said: "We now enter the third week of government restrictions, and as we have said from the outset - we aim to be part of the solution.’’

"We are aware that these may be becoming more and more challenging times for those who are feeling a little low or lost.

"We have designed a simple infographic poster with fifteen ways to help improve your mental health.

"We would encourage everyone to display it around the house and try and achieve just a few of these techniques daily, and encourage others to join in.

"If you or someone you know may benefit from communicating remotely with a qualified counsellor, please contact us on 01206 755160 and we will support the process.’’

There is currently a JustGiving page for people to donate towards this community outreach work which you can find by clicking HERE.

Alternatively, if you are an organisation or individual in need please contact the team on 01206 755 160 or email us at

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