At the end of their counselling with The Maya Centre:
of women showed an improvement in their ability to explore and express their feelings
of women showed an improvement in personal relationships
of women showed an improvement in their subjective well-being
“Alongside most charities, The Maya Centre faced unprecedented challenges in the 2020/21 financial year. When the pandemic hit in early 2020 we worked face to face with almost all our clients from our single centre in Archway. In retrospect, our then CEO had had extraordinary prescience, having piloted an on-line counselling project, from which we were able to build video and telephone counselling and maintain a service to the great majority of our existing clients, virtually without interruption.
“Emergency grant funds enabled us to support our therapists to work securely from home, to move administration and activity data fully online, and to make our centre covid safe so that face to face work can become the norm again. The serious rise in domestic abuse, anxiety and depression during lockdown, and the increasing cost of living subsequently, underline the critical need for women on low incomes for our free counselling, our range of languages, groups, outreach and complementary therapies.
“We are enormously grateful to former CEO Tahera Aanchawan, who led through the storm until her retirement in summer 2020, and to Emma Brech our new CEO, who has taken on the leadership with energy and intelligence, bringing the team together to find solutions during continued uncertainties, and develop exciting prospects for the year ahead.
“I am hugely impressed by the dedicated contribution of every single woman who works in, volunteers for and supports The Maya Centre. Working together has achieved so much for the women who come here for help, and leave stronger and more confident even in such tough times.
“Please read our service users’ comments in our annual report 2020/21, and thank you for your continued interest and support.”