Fegans is a 148-year-old Christian charity that has continually delivered care to children and families according to the needs of each succeeding generation.
Founded in 1870, James Fegan dedicated his life to providing shelter and care for children in need.
Today, Fegans provides counselling for around 400 children a week as well as practical and emotional support for parents and carers who are finding it difficult to cope. Combining these disciplines gives Fegans the opportunity to work with families holistically.
All of Fegans’ counsellors are registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Working both in schools and from Fegans offices across the South East, the many issues they deal with include abuse, anger, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, depression and self-harm.
Despite doubling in size in the last six years and seeing more children year-on-year, the charity’s waiting lists never go down, and demand for its services is greater than ever before. This is reflective of the national picture. According to the Centre Forum Commission Report 2016, one in four children referred for children’s mental health services are being refused treatment and the maximum waiting times for required treatment has doubled in three years.
Fegans believes that, regardless of their financial circumstances, every child deserves the right to access therapeutic support. Could you donate to Fegans and help a distressed child receive the treatment they need?
• For more information, visit www.fegans.org.uk or the free exhibition – Seasons of Change: The Fegans’ Story – at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, running until 9th June.