Emotional support in partnership with GASPED

Being diagnosed with sight loss, or experiencing deterioration of an existing condition, can be a difficult and emotional time. We are here to provide the best possible holistic support.

Thanks to funding from the Nova Community Mental Health Provision Fund, we are thrilled to be working in partnership with GASPED (Giving Advice and Support to People in Emotional Distress) to offer specialist emotional support by providing access to counselling.

This project is a collaborative partnership between Wakefield District Sight Aid and GASPED, a family support service that provides person-centred counselling through working with trained therapists used to working with people experiencing a variety of difficult situations. GASPED is a registered charity (no. 1072174) and is affiliated to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (registration no. 119935).

This is a self-referral service, separate from NHS mental health services. Please contact our office on 01924 215555 to find out more about how to access the service. All enquiries are treated in the strictest confidence.

Client A, who received counselling through this programme, said: "When I first met you [at WDSA], I wanted to end my life. I was really down in the dumps and couldn't see a way out. Now, I feel much more open about talking about my feelings. Since having the counselling, I just find it much easier to cope."