GREC’s Me-Time Counselling Service provides free specialist support and counselling to children and young people in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, and Moray, who are affected by prejudice incidents, discrimination, harassment and bullying on the grounds of:
- Ethnicity, Race or Nationality
- Sex or Gender
- Religionor Belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Transgender Identity
The Me-Time project has been funded by BBC Children in Need since 2010. It aims to support the child or young person in a safe and secure environment, helping them to talk about their feelings and learn ways of coping.
The service is provided by a team of professionally trained volunteer counsellors. They have postgraduate diplomas in counselling, and are members of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and/or COSCA (Confederation of Scottish Counselling Agencies). They also have have training and experience in counselling children and young people, and they receive mandatory training in equality and diversity, including institutional racism.
Referrals can be made by teachers, parents, school nurses, social workers, GPs, and by the children and young people themselves.
Counselling sessions usually take place once a week and last for 45 – 60 minutes. Online and telephone sessions are available.