- May 26, 2022
- Posted by: Sam Boden
- Category: Charitable Work
We’re pleased to announce that Aura are one of our two chosen charities for 2022.
Aura was originally founded by friends (Gemma and Kay) of one of our Clickers. Gemma’s sister Megan sadly suffered a devastating loss during her pregnancy. Gemma noticed how difficult it was for Megan and her partner and also their wider family to get any support during this time. So, she approached her mother-in-law Kay, who is a qualified counsellor and between them they decided to create Aura.
Aura supports anyone with any challenges that they, or their family, are going through – this could include miscarriage, serious illness, addiction, domestic abuse, dementia, having a family member in prison to name a few of the things, but literally anything that impacts mental health.
Waiting times for mental health services through the NHS can be long and sometimes someone, or a family member, just needs help there and then. Aura is a safe space for people to speak to qualified counsellors and to know that they’re not alone.
Aura are a charity local to Click Dealer. Here at Click we are passionate about supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing – this charity does exactly that and is a great choice as one of our chosen charities of the year.
Helen Lockett, one of the trustees of the charity, said “Gemma and Kay have such big hearts and they want to help as many people as possible; people shouldn’t feel like they’re on their own. There’s real suffering in our local area, and beyond, and I’ve seen first hand how hard it can be to sometimes get that support not just for the person but also for their family.
There was a long process to get Aura registered as a charity, and there’s strict criteria to meet to show you’re offering something unique and different. We’re now a registered charity and have been starting to fundraise and put in applications for funding so more people can be supported through the charity.
Gemma and Kay are helping as many people as they can, and in time as the charity grows and raises more funding, we hope to bring more counsellors on board and help not just locally, but nationally. Anything our Clickers can do to support Aura would be amazing!”
Drop in sessions are offered on a Friday in Congleton – they’re a great place for people to come and chat, meet with a qualified counsellor, have a free drink, and take part in wellness and mindfulness sessions. There’s no restrictions on who can attend – Aura’s sessions are open to all!
People can also contact Aura through their Facebook page to seek advice and support.
As a newly registered charity (October 2021), Aura are trying to raise awareness of their services as well as raising funding to help them expand so that they can reach and support more people.
They have plans for 121 support, group counselling, a drop-in centre, and lots of practical help with things like benefits, disability, housing, changes within housing for disabled people, or even just help to pass people onto the correct place so that they get the support needed.
Find out more about Aura on their Facebook page
Registered Charity Number: 1196271
How can you help?
Share the news
Raising awareness for this new charity is so important. They want to get the word out there about what they’re doing so that people can get in touch if they are looking for support, want to arrange a wellness class for friends or a workplace, or want information about the free drop in sessions.
You can raise awareness by liking and sharing their Facebook page, talking to them to others, and getting involved in fundraising activities.
Help with fundraising
Our Clickers will be getting involved in fundraising activities to support the charity. Money from our fundraising will be split across Aura and our other charity for 2022, the Dougie Mac.
If you’d like to support Aura directly, they have set up a Go Fund Me page: https://gofund.me/bae77728